You have 0 items in your basket.
Donation Funnel
Ladies sewing with sewing machines

Russian Federation

North Caucasus in the south of the Russian Federation is one of Russia’s poorest regions. In Chechnya, two wars throughout the 1990s devastated the local economy, job market, and infrastructure, leaving many people impoverished. Our teams are working with local communities to provide greater food and financial stability.

In North Caucasus – composed of Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Kabardino-Balkaria – poverty levels are incredibly high. At a rate of 13.5%, around 19.5 million people live below the national poverty line.

In the Republic of Chechnya especially, years of repeated conflict and political instability have devastated the lives of local families. Chechens are now trying to rebuild yet unemployment is extremely high with 80% of people out of work. With a population of one million, many families still don’t have permanent homes as they were lost during the conflict and families cannot afford repairs.

With many Chechens living in governmental Temporary Accommodation Centres, locals lack basic food, medication, water, and sanitation. Winters are harsh and to make matters worse, Chechnya is one of the worst areas in the world, affected by mines, leaving communities in fear of activating landmines buried across the region.

Mother with her arm around her son

The situation in the Russian Federation

Many communities living in the Russian Federation are struggling amid poverty.


of people in the Russian Federation do not have access to adequate sanitary facilities (World Bank, 2016)


of Chechens live on less than $1.10 (80 pence) a day (UNICEF, 2017)


people are internally displaced across Chechnya (UNICEF, 2017)

1 in 5

are aged between 3 and 17 years (UNICEF, 2017)

Islamic Relief in the Russian Federation

Islamic Relief staffing Chechnya putting materials in a bag.
Image: Islamic Relief aid workers collecting materials as part of Islamic Relief's livelihood project in Chechnya.
Islamic Relief has really played an important role in the life of blind people living in the republic. Many children and adults, as well as elderly people who are totally or partially blind learnt to read the Holy Qur’an in Braille. Thanks to their Qur’an reading skills, 6 of them went for Umrah and read Qur’an in the Masjid al-Haram this year.

Ramzan Mustaev, Head of ‘sport for the blind’ activities, Grozny

Latest from Russian Federation


International Day of People with Disabilities

Read more

An error occurred, please try again later

More from Russian Federation

Quick donate