About Us

Orphans in Pakistan

Whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind (Quran, 5:32)

Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty.


It was the crisis in Bosnia that prompted a community in Nottingham to send aid to those suffering in the conflict, which marked the formation of Muslim Hands.

Since then Muslim Hands has not only responded to countless more emergencies but established schools, healthcare clinics and livelihoods programmes around the world. 

Find out more about Muslim Hands work history here: Our Story

Read about Muslim Hands campaigns, schemes and emergency responses over the years here: Publications.

Beliefs and values

Dedicated to tackling the root causes of poverty around the world, Muslim Hands is passionate about eradicating the many inequalities around us and committed to the long term development of building a fairer, safer world.

Muslim Hands aims to provide an ethical service for the collection and distribution of funds in an effective, efficient, transparent and wholly accountable manner.

Muslim Hands work

From addressing short-term needs to tackling long term issues Muslim Hands works to alleviate poverty through a range of varied and important areas. 

Read more about our work below.



We believe that education is a doorway out of poverty. Whether it's building children's schools in some of the most isolated communities, or providing literacy and job-skills training for adults.

Our education programmes help develop needy communities and empower people to break out of a cycle of destitution.

Read more about how we're trying to provide accessible education to poor and needy children here: Education: An Essential Doorway Out of Poverty.



Muslim Hands has a long track record of responding to emergencies, natural disasters and man-made conflicts around the world.

We were first established in response to the crisis in Bosnia, back in 1993, when a community in Nottingham sent aid to those suffering in the conflict.

Read more about our emergency relief work here: Emergency Relief: A Time for Action.



We take a holistic approach to providing healthcare. Our work in this area encompasses building hospitals and clinics, training doctors and medical staff, distributing medicines and hygiene kits, running long-term campaigns and educational awareness workshops.

Read more about our healthcare work here: Healthcare: The Many Benefits.



Muslim Hands works in a number of ways to provide food and nutritional aid to poor families and communities worldwide.

From providing short-term emergency relief following a famine to setting up long-term food projects to keep communities self-sufficient for generations to come.

Read about how we're trying to prevent hunger amongst the poor and needy here: Hunger: The Most Extreme Form of Poverty.



Our livelihoods programme provides individuals with the tools, specific training and the small loans necessary, to help them start their own business or trade.

Muslim Hands' Livelihood Schemes are designed to allow people to translate their skills and hard work into an opportunity to support their families with dignity.

Read more about our livelihoods work here: Livelihoods: Giving a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out.



Our orphan sponsorship scheme supports over 10,000 children in 26 of the poorest countries around the world. The orphan sponsorship scheme gives children a better life and allows sponsors to get personalised feedback and keep in touch with their sponsored orphan.

Read more about our orphan sponsorship scheme here: Orphan Care.



Muslim Hands' Safe Water Projects tackle the lack of safe water and the lack of sanitation at the same time.

When we install wells, water storage tanks or water filtration units, we also install sanitation facilities and provide communities with health and education programmes.

This approach ensures that the clean water we provide to communities stays clean and safe from contamination.

Read more about our safe water projects here: Safe water: The Fight for Drops of Life.  

Find out more about our Dig-a-Well and Tube Wells.

Where Muslim Hands works

Today, we work in over 50 of the world's poorest countries, and have fundraising offices in London and Nottingham in the UK, as well as in France and South Africa.

With a network of specialised staff and permanent field offices around the globe, Muslim Hands works closely with individuals and communities to restore hope and help build futures.

Read more about Muslim Hands projects around the world: Where We Work.

Your money

We take your donations very seriously, and when you donate towards a particular cause or project, we make sure we have the teams and resources to direct your donation towards the people and communities who need it most. 

Find out more about How Your Money is Spent.