Annual Report 2020

The IDRF annual report highlights the activities, achievements, and impact over the past year. View the full annual report online or download the PDF.

IDRF is a Canadian registered charity, working with partners locally and around the world. We facilitate relief and development programs for vulnerable populations, helping to alleviate and improve immediate and long term troubles. 

Our Values

Human Dignity

Human dignity is the basic principle of humanitarian work. All humans deserve to live with a minimum standard of dignity and respect regardless of any circumstances. This includes a dignified quality of life. The dignity of those we serve, including how we work with them, is paramount in all of our work.

Social Justice

 Social injustice is one of the root causes of many systemic issues for many communities around the world, even here at home. Social injustice perpetuates cycles of suffering, poverty and ongoing disadvantage and lack of opportunity. Long term solutions must take into consideration social justice and how development can lead to opportunities for all, especially those who are discriminated against. .    

Self-Reliance & Determination

Building up communities and empowering them to become self-reliant and self-sufficient is the most powerful way to build a future of hope for generations to come. This is the ultimate goal of sustainable development and cannot be achieved without the experience, knowledge, and participation of affected communities. 


Relief work and sustainable development need to go hand in hand to break the cycle of poverty and to empower disadvantaged people around the world. Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability and opportunity of future generations to meet their own needs. All of our programs are developed to increase the quality of life of those we serve, and to build a pathway for sustainable increase into the future.

A Message from our Leadership


Zeib Jeeva

Together we are facing one of the most challenging periods as a global community. COVID-19 has devastated millions of lives as doctors and nurses work tirelessly in hospitals and clinics treating people diagnosed with the disease.

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Mahmood Qasim

2020 has been an unprecedented year in the history of International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF). For a second year in a row IDRF has seen substantial growth in our efforts here at home, and around the world.

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At a Glance

Your Donations in Action


people reached

200 million


1.5 million

cups of water


people aided in COVID relief


students helped

Behind every statistic, buzzword and headline are real people. A person with hopes and dreams, memories and tears, spirit and determination. That’s why with every dollar you donate, there is a real world of change and benefit brought to someone’s life. Through your active support of our appeals, suffering is relieved, fears are overcome, distress is eased, and the horizon of what is to come lightens with the hope of opportunity and possibility.

Your contributions and care matter. For people around the world, your help makes all the difference.

We are people helping people. It’s that simple.

Emergency Relief

IDRF is committed to helping those in need around the world when emergencies happen. 2020 was a particularly catastrophic year for everyone, and our aid was needed more than ever. 

COVID-19 Global Response

Helping people stay safe and protected during the Pandemic. 










COVID-19 disturbed the entire world this year and IDRF was at the forefront of relief. 

IDRF helped with providing:

  • Hygiene kits to individual families to fight the virus
  • Educational sessions to ensure practicing good hygiene
  • Delivering food parcels to families who couldn’t leave their house during quarantine
  • COVID-19 testing centres, ambulatory support, and other PPE for hospital staff

Countries reached: Bangladesh, Canada, India, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Uganda.

Canadian Muslim Response Network

Supporting families during quarantine

IDRF, in partnership with the Canadian Muslim Response Network (CMRN), launched a campaign to support Canadians affected by COVID-19.

The program aimed to help vulnerable populations with hygiene items, PPE and household cleaning supplies. IDRF procured the relevant hygiene items in bulk and transported them to our Toronto office. From there, we assembled, and delivered packages to hundreds of households across the GTA.

COVID-19 PPE Relief

Support Frontline Health Care Workers

IDRF, in partnership with Conquer COVID-19, launched a national effort to support frontline healthcare workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The project’s impact relied on identifying the most pressing needs through consultation with front line physicians. Leveraging storage facilities, our group filled the critical gap in healthcare worker’s access to PPE. We ensured thousands of frontline healthcare workers across Canada stayed safe as they provided essential services to all of us.


Relief for a resilient nation 

2020 was an extraordinary year for Yemen. Along with the civil war and cholera outbreak, COVID-19 added to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country. Millions of people were forced from their homes to camps and shelters, seeking refuge for themselves and their families.

IDRF provided monthly food packages, built solar wells, built two COVID-19 testing centers, and aided with transportation with one of the only ambulances in the Abyan district.


received food packages to last 2 months


solar and motor water wells build to provide clean water


test centres built

Uyghur Refugee

Providing support to an oppressed people

The continuous oppression of the Uyghur population in their homeland has led to tens of thousands of refugees escaping persecution to settle in Turkey.

IDRF provided essential supplies and clothing for students aged 5-12 in Istanbul, as well as provided food parcels to cover the nutritional needs of children and their families.

From Relief to Development


IDRF works to bridge the gap between emergency relief and sustainable development. Our unique multifaceted approach ensures that people receive quality aid, while providing resources and support for them to live a life of dignity, self-justice and self-reliance.


How do we do this?


Step 1:

IDRF receives your donation

Step 2:

We identify people in need of support

Step 3:

We respond to immediate needs of the community

We provide immediate food/water needs

We provide emergency healthcare services

Step 4:

We monitor and ensure needs are met, and people’s immediate distress is relieved

but it doesn’t end there

Step 5:

We then continue to provide adequate resources and long term support to those we serve, empowering them to live sustainably, while contributing to their community.

We guide farmers in capacity building and learning how to rehabilitate land and maintain their businesses. 

We provide health and hygiene workshops to ensure families stay clean and safe.

We provide families with food vouchers for local markets to empower them with the ability to meet their dietary needs.

We provide professional development training to teachers in IDRF funded schools to maintain quality of education.

Our Sustainable Development Programs

Sustainable Development


Our programs keep families healthy by giving them access to:

  • Safe drinking water
  • Adequate sanitation facilities (washrooms, hand wash stations)
  • Hygiene education for men, women, and children


people received fresh water


water wells built


people have access to clean water in Pakistan


Increasing droughts since 2013 have led to almost no rainfall in most of the rural villages this year. In the absence of rainfall, groundwater is the only available water source.

IDRF installed deep hand pumps at schools and in communities. This year, IDRF installed 15 sanitation facilities at schools and another 125 Latrines, while we also distributed 270 Hygiene kits, 500 school kits and 820 dignity kits to help raise awareness on menstrual hygiene.

Thousands of people have gained access to clean drinking water, ensuring the domestic water needs of women and school children are met, while water is also available for livestock.


Through the devastation of war and recent famine, ongoing problems such as the cholera outbreak, poor hygiene conditions and lack of necessary equipment and consumables have created a massive burden on existing Yemeni health institutions. There have been epidemics such as cholera and polio, with not enough resources to combat the outbreaks. The leading cause of the cholera outbreak is dirty water, lack of garbage collection by the local authorities and poor condition of health facilities.

IDRF installed eleven water wells in the Abian and Lahj camps. These camps were in dire need of assistance as the heavy influx of IDPs has created serious logistics and health problems by overextending capacities of existing infrastructure. In total, IDRF has constructed 3 solar wells and 8 regular wells.


water wells were built


received access to clean water


students had water trucked to them daily


Across Gaza, sources of clean, potable water are extremely scarce. As outlined by the UNOCHA, over 97% of water from Gaza aquifers is unfit for human consumption, and only 10% of Palestinians in Gaza have access to safe drinking water through public water networks. This is a result of the high levels of groundwater pollution through fertilizer usage and wastewater seepage into the main reservoir.

IDRF has purchased several water trucks to ensure that clean water is transported to 35 schools regularly. Over the coming year, we will be supporting the purchase of a desalination plant to ensure that families in Gaza have access to clean water at schools and in their homes.

Sustainable Development


We provide urgent food relief to families in vulnerable regions around the world.  We educate communities about nutrition and sustainable food practices to address malnutrition and its impact.




people fed


families received food parcels


Malnutrition among children under 5 years in India has increased between 2010 and 2019, highlighting the urgent need to address food insecurity.

COVID-19 has disrupted the nation’s fragile food system. Severe restrictions continue to be implemented as the infection rate keeps growing, with a milestone of 9 million infections reached by November 2020.

IDRF implemented a food distribution initiative to help poor and vulnerable families meet their basic nutritional needs. Food essentials like pulses, oil, tea and other staples were packaged and distributed to 4,260 marginalized and impoverished families in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, Gujarat, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh.


As COVID-19 has severely impacted the businesses of families, IDRF is also helping low-income households with small business support to increase their livelihoods.


Across Somalia, an estimated 4.1 million people are currently food insecure. Food assistance needs have deteriorated throughout 2020 due to harsh climatic conditions, and poor crop and livestock production. COVID-19 has further deteriorated economic conditions in Somalia due to international and local movement restrictions, and declining business activity.

This year, IDRF supported over 22,000 people internally displaced by conflict and drought. Among those directly supported by our food distributions were pregnant and nursing women, the elderly, sick and disabled, as well as female or child-led households.

We are also exploring ways to help pastoralists and farmers with livestock and agricultural support to help them maintain their businesses.



people received food parcels to last a month


families received food parcels


Prior to the devastating explosion in Beirut on August 4th, Lebanon’s situation had deteriorated drastically in recent years. The cost of basic needs went up as a result of a deep economic crisis, exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic. In the days and weeks following the explosion, need for first aid and hospital assistance was immense, as thousands were injured or left homeless. Hospitals struggled with COVID-19, as cases of the virus spread.

In response, IDRF provided both food and hygiene items to protect the health of the most vulnerable. A total over 4,260 people received food packages and over 500 people received hygiene kits in Beirut. IDRF is also working in the Bekaa Valley to support refugee households and host communities. We are currently exploring ways to ensure families can grow produce and build sustainable businesses

Sustainable Development


IDRF’s health programs provide access to premium, essential health care services to families in need. Families who are otherwise unable to access even the most basic medical care.


    people received medical support


    COVID-19 treatment centres established in conflict zones


    midwives trained


    Across South Asia, thousands of women experience severe complications during pregnancy and childbirth. In 2018, an estimated 2.5 million newborns died globally within their first month of life; a third of them within their first 24 hours (UNICEF Pakistan, 2020). Many of these children died from preventable causes including premature birth, complications during delivery and treatable infections.

    IDRF is working towards improving maternal, newborn and child health in Pakistan. We completed a two-year midwifery training program in Karachi. The program involves direct training and certification of 24 midwife practitioners from the Tharparkar district of Sindh province. Returning to their homes and villages, each is now the local midwife for over 300 community households.

    South Africa
    & Lesotho

    Cerebral palsy (CP) is a permanent movement disorder that appears in early childhood. Being the most common motor disability in children, its symptoms include poor coordination, stiff and weak muscles. Across Lesotho, inadequate funding, insufficient resources, and lack of knowledge around treatment has created a need for rehabilitative care. On average, these children would otherwise only receive 35 hours of therapy in their lifetime.

    This year, IDRF provided training and rehabilitative therapy to 385 children along with their caregivers, and facilitated workshops for others in the community.


    children with Cerebral Palsy received rehabilitative therapy

    Sustainable Development


    IDRF’s education programs provide children and youth with access to basic, high-quality education. By teaching skills that make them employable, we aim to improve their long-term well-being by taking them out of poverty.


    students received educational support


    schools support around the world and in Canada


    In Gaza, access to quality education in a safe, friendly environment for children is compromised by conflict and ongoing instability. With such poor conditions, retention rates in schools across Gaza continue to fluctuate.

    IDRF improved the education engagement of 12,699 students between the ages of 5-15. By busing 1500 of these students to school, and providing curriculum improvements in the areas of literacy, cultural and visual arts, science, and IT, we’re ensuring that these students get the opportunity for success.


    students were given the opportunity to study


    children, including orphans received resources to help them attend school


    In Guyana, IDRF focuses on the needs of orphan and vulnerable children nationwide. To ensure children are not neglected and attend school every day feeling healthy and equipped with the support services they need. IDRF provides 340 orphans and vulnerable children with transportation, food and vitamins, school supplies, stipends and Eid gifts.


    Licensed to Learn (L2L)

    Despite a strong education system, the Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-being 2019 Report suggests that students still need more support after school. 1 in 4 feel unable to handle the workload put on them at school and less than half of students feel positive about school.

    The L2L Program is a peer-tutoring and youth development initiative. The program is based in schools and community agencies serving youth across Canada. The program has established a strong reputation and partnerships with the major school boards in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Helping the youth excel both academically and personally, it is geared towards developing essential life skills, confidence and a sense of inclusion.

    This year, over 4,000 students have participated from over 100 schools.



    students participated


    girls received educational support in Pakistan


    For two-thirds of Pakistanis, government schools remain the only option for education. Facing a vast range of different challenges, the quality of education in these schools are very poor. In response, IDRF provides 900 female youth with diverse academic and co-curricular education. IDRF also supported the professional development of 65 female teachers. We support the health and wellness of 200 kindergarten students from low-income households, providing fresh breakfast prepared and served to students every day.

    Responding to the pandemic, IDRF has also provided 2,875 individuals from two schools with COVID-19 Care Packs and learning packs designed to support them with hygiene tips during the COVID-19 lockdown.

    Sustainable Development

    Economic Development

    Our Economic Development programs assist women, men, and youth in need. Our vocational programs allow individuals to learn valuable skills to enable them to find work and become self-reliant. 


    individuals find employment every year


    youth found jobs in Canada


    youths participated in online Get Job Ready Sessions


    Get Job Ready 

    IDRF’s ‘Get Job Ready’ program trains youth ages 19-29 to successfully navigate the job market across Canada. When Canada was hit with COVID-19, we quickly pivoted to create online versions of our workshops.

    Young Canadians joined Get Job Ready and learned how to:

    • build a professional LinkedIn account
    • practiced job interviews
    • gained financial literacy skills, and
    • gained insights on how to establish a positive social media footprint.


    Women Learning to Code and Take Leadership

    In its third year, the Women Learning to Code & Leadership program is IDRF’s solution to the gender and diversity gap in the technology industry.

    This year, IDRF provided six young women full paid scholarships to learn how to build websites and apps using popular coding languages such as JavaScript & Ruby on Rails.

    Despite the job market challenges faced by many youth, our newly minted Full-Stack Developers all secured employment. In addition to bringing greater diversity to the digital space, they bring energy and enthusiasm to tech firms and departments across the GTA.

    This year also brought a special milestone for our community as five graduates from Year 1 returned to teach the program and mentor the new cohort. Apart from being instructors, these graduates are role models who strengthened our growing community and demonstrated outstanding leadership.


    employment rate


    participants trained


    SalesForce Certification Training

    In 2020, IDRF continued to expand its digital programming to help Canadians launch their careers in tech. We struck a new partnership with The Rainbow Cloud Initiative to provide Salesforce’s 201 ADM certification training to women and newcomers across Canada.

    The program teaches participants how to manage Salesforce’s cloud-based software and gives them the skills necessary to work at one of the 150,000 clients that use Salesforce’s cloud-based solution.


    Agriculture is one of the most critical sectors for the Palestinian economy as it leads to income, exports, food security and job creation. As a result of the ongoing conflict, crops and livelihood of many have been affected.

    IDRF has implemented a project which enables struggling farmers to:

    • secure a source of income for their families
    • become self-reliant
    • contribute towards community food needs

    We identified 72 farmers in need of support and helped rehabilitate over 36 acres of land. IDRF also provided farmers with capacity building, equipment and training, a connection to local markets, and purchased food from the farmers for our yearly Fitrah programs.


    acres of farmland rehabilitated


    Driven by our Mission.
    Inspired by You. 

    It takes a team of dedicated collaborators, working toward a meaningful goal, to effect change. We are grateful for the ongoing generosity of our donors, and the support of gift-in-kind partners for their commitment to the world’s most vulnerable.










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     Statement of Operations

    2020 2019
     Donations and fundraising events 10,148,121 6,525,072
     Donations in kind 1,098,345
     Other income 41,605 1,454,631
    Total Revenue 11,288,071 7,979,703
    Expenses – Program Services
     Development programs  9,626,736  4,520,423
     Educational development 83,430 48,832
    Total Expenses 9,710,166 4,569,255
    Supporting Services
     Amortization 92,713 37,469
     Fundraising 815,677 609,306
     General and administrative 262,237 154,899
    Total Supporting Services 1,170,627 801,674 
    TOTAL 10,880,793 5,370,929
    Excess of revenue over expenses 407,278 2,608,774

    Thank You!

    Thank you for enabling us to fulfill our mission of people helping people these past 36 years. Through your generous donations, we have been able to provide food, water, shelter and education to vulnerable people in 45 countries.