Global relief and development charity Muslim Aid is backing the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2014, which falls on 17th October.
To support communities living in poverty, Muslim Aid implements development projects across the globe, including its Disaster Risk Reduction programme (DRR), which trains local people to be prepared for natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes.
A recent DRR project in Cambodia trained 2,243 people including teachers and students from different schools, local volunteers and local authorities. The programme helped people to be better prepared against the effects of disasters, with training in first aid, and advice on how to protect their crops and properties.
Another project in Bosnia involved Muslim Aid supporting local charities to work with disabled children from disadvantaged communities to ensure they are included in society. Muslim Aid raised awareness about the importance of support services for disabled children and their parents. The Charity also donated toys and equipments designed to teach disabled children.
A spokesman for Muslim Aid, said: “Poverty is one of the greatest tragedies of the world, claiming more lives every day than wars and conflicts. The biggest victims of poverty are often those who do not have access to basic needs such as clean water, medical aid, and proper education.
“Tackling the issues of social exclusion is important in order to address the existing causes of poverty. Isolated people often struggle to gain skills and knowledge to play a part in society. Muslim Aid aims to build stronger societies that are able to deal with the challenges they face in the ever changing global environment.”
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Notes to editors:
Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty.
Muslim Aid delivers relief and implements programmes in over 70 countries worldwide, working with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system.
Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, microfinance, income generation and care for orphans and destitute children. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing long-term sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and future.
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