Islamic Relief originally started helping the people of Ethiopia when the severity of the droughts that occurred in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2016 and 2017 caused mass destruction to the country. After numerous years of supplying basic necessities and emergency relief to the Ethiopian people Islamic Relief Ethiopia was founded in January of 2004.
The relief teams sent by Islamic Relief have started long term projects for improvements in water, sanitation, health care and education. Several of their projects focus on achieving food security and livelihood for the people in need. When Ethiopia had a food crisis, Islamic Relief was there.