Islamic Relief first started working in Bosnia in 1992, during the Bosnian War. We were one of the first international organisations to begin delivering humanitarian aid and emergency relief in the country.
Food, clothes, water and firewood were distributed through our offices and warehouses. After the initial emergency response, we rebuilt houses, schools and mosques damaged by the conflict.
In 2001, we set up an interest-free loans system, based upon Islamic finance, which even today is tackling unemployment to give poor people real routes out of poverty. The number of business and housing loans issued by Islamic Relief increases every year – so we benefit more people than ever before in the country.
As well as delivering development projects to improve the lives of poor people, we also focus on support for orphaned children. We provide psychosocial assistance to vulnerable children and their families – as well as a regular allowance that provides for their basic needs and enables children to go to school.