Communities lacking in standard educational, health and water facilities have the highest rates of illiteracy, unemployment and infectious disease. These factors inflict serious consequences upon children, families and can force a community into economic, intellectual and cultural deficit.
If we fail to implement sustainable solutions for communities in need, they will continue to live disadvantaged and grow increasingly vulnerable to the dangers surrounding them – causing the families and children to develop health, behavioural and cognitive problems.
Of the 5.9 Million Children who died in 2015: Half of the deaths were caused by easily treated infectious diseases.
At least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces.
To empower a community and their elders, is to know, in a decade – they will be a different community enabled with the skills of literacy, education and skills.
When one person is able to earn an income, the whole family – children, spouses, grandparents – benefits. Where illness and deficiencies are widespread, we implement treatment programs, train communities on diet and health practices, and provide school meals to fight child malnutrition. We run maternal health programs, vaccinating children and providing check-ups for both mother and baby, to ensure they are safe and healthy. We also work with adults, teaching them in ways that work best for their situation and culture.
We are committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and are always finding different ways to act upon it. It can happen through empowering farmers, establishing hospitals, providing access to clean water and sanitation and continuing to develop sustainable solutions for those in need.
We’re not solving the problem of now, we’re empowering generations to come.
What is Aid and Development?
Aid and Development seeks to implement development and humanitarian projects which target sustainable and long-term change. The principles of sustainable-based projects address the root causes of poverty and seek to empower communities by supporting and interacting with local organisations. Our Health, Water and Educational Projects come under Aid and Development.
What does the ‘Gaza Education’ Project carry out?
‘Gaza Education’ is under our Education Projects. The conflict in Palestine has challenged the education of all students, particularly University Students. Donating to the ‘Gaza Education Fund’ makes a financial contribution towards meeting tuition fees of selected Palestinian students who are pursuing their higher education in Malaysian universities. The students have no financial income. Female students will be receiving the special preferences in receiving scholarships. The Scholarships cover PhD, Masters and Bachelor students.
What does the ‘Mali Water’ Project carry out?
‘Mali Water’ is under our Water Projects. To reduce mortality and increase sanitation rates, the project creates WASH facilities that are close to the communities. Boreholes will be constructed so that the targeted households can collect safe and clean water for approximately a year. The water can be used for various purposes. In Mali, the access to safe, clean drinking water is a significant concern for the rural population. In fact, one of the leading causes of child deaths is linked to contaminated water which contributes to disease.
What does the ‘Lebanon Disability ’ Project carry out?
‘Lebanon Disability Centre’ is under our Health Projects. Ain El-Helwi in Saida, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, houses nearly 120,000 people. Among them, an estimated 1,200 people have some sort of disability; whilst 95% of them do not have any health cover. IRAUS supports a centre inside the camp that renders services to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people with disabilities (PWDs), especially children and young people. The centre partners with civil society organisations and public hospitals specialised in the areas of disability, rehabilitation and integration.