Zakat Foundation in Philippines

Having been under Spanish control for over 300 years, the archipelago of islands comprising the Philippines came under the control of the United States after the Spanish-American War of 1898. Following World War II, the country gained independence, and, through a tumultuous path of military rule and internal rebellion, it formed a representative government in the early 1990s.

The Philippines has been marked by internal conflict between armed separatist groups from the beginning of its independence. These groups tend to emerge from the areas with the highest concentrations of poverty. Despite a peace agreement signed in 1996, there have been outbreaks of conflict in 2003, 2008, and 2009. Lack of educational opportunity, stunted socioeconomic growth, high inequality, and food insecurity continue to drive rebel groups to oppose the central government.

The Philippines is disaster prone, experiencing some 20 typhoons yearly. A quarter of the typhoons have consistently caused severe damage to infrastructure. In October 2010, the Philippines suffered a category 5 typhoon that destroyed 30,000 homes and caused over $250 million in damage.

Zakat Foundation of America works in the Philippines to provide immediate relief and assist with repairs following natural disasters like tsunamis and typhoons; to construct mosques for the country’s Muslim communities; and to distribute food and gifts for the Ramadan and Eid holiday seasons.

Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center

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