Volunteer Run

US board and staff all volunteers

Minimal Expenses

very low operation cost

Strong Team

same ground team for 22 years

From the Heart

For Allah’s sake only

Our values

Our Founder’s Story

Abdul Jamil Kamawal was born and raised in a rural village, in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, in the District of Kama. While much of his childhood was lost in the shadow of being an orphan with siblings to care for, his immense love for education earned him a scholarship to study surveying in the United States in the state of Oregon.

Shortly after obtaining his Associates degree in the 60’s, he left the US and returned to his village to fulfill his responsibility to his family and community. His hope was always to help support sustainable change within the community. However, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, significant turmoil and disruption forced him to flee with his wife and children to nearby Pakistan. Risking the trek to Pakistan through mountainous terrain and leaving all their possessions behind, they endured four years as refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. Abdul Jamil Kamawal and his family eventually were able to relocate to the U.S. He later changed his last name to Kamawal, meaning “a person from Kama,” to reflect his connection to his people and his pride in the village that raised him.

Jamil’s deep-rooted love for his hometown did not let distance affect his ability to provide for it. In the late 90’s, he started doing humanitarian work in his home village in Afghanistan, which was officially established as Kama Relief Corporation and received 501(c)3 status in 2001. He was able to make trips back to Afghanistan to give back a little of what Allah had given him. His goal to help those in need and to support sustainable change in his village never faded. He did not want people to have to leave Afghanistan to have a better life; he wanted opportunities to be available for people within their home community.

He worked for countless hours with no worldly gain in return, in the hopes of pleasing Allah through providing aid and resources to his beloved village. The fruits of his labor shone through in the schools and Masjids KRC built, in the food distributed to thousands of families, and in the support of orphans who he was once not so different from. The community wanted girls to receive an education in their own community without having to travel a great distance.

Jamil built the first school for girls in his village. Even after watching his country endure war after war, he never gave up hope that it had the potential to rebuild. He knew every child deserved the opportunity he was given.

Kama Relief was saddened by the sudden death of our founder Abdul Jamil Kamawal in 2016 but Kama Relief continues to carry out his vision through his family and the board of directors through this important work. As a family-run organization, we strive to embody Jamil’s values and morals in the continuation of his legacy. By the will of Allah, we hope to continue to extend the reach of his work and be a part of rebuilding the country he cared so deeply for.


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Our Causes


During religious occasions of Ramadan and Eid, while we celebrate Allah’s Mercy, let’s not forget to show mercy to those in need. From a family food basket to a hot iftar meal, from a new pair of clothes to offering…


With Afghanistan’s poverty rate climbing to a devasting 97% (UN 2022 Report), the need to provide basic essential resources is critical. The average family is unable to meet its needs, lacking food, clean water, and reasonable shelter…


Supporting orphans is at the heart of what we aim to do here at Kama Relief. The most neglected and the most in need of our ummah are the orphans; those who have lost their means of support by losing those family members…


Our non-profit organization is committed to improving access to education for disadvantaged communities. Through our various programs and support we empower individuals to achieve their educational goals and build…


Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. We are committed to improving access to education specifically in disadvantaged communities. Our programs give preference to the most underprivileged students…


A warm meal brings comfort to a distressed soul. Whether it’s during iftar in Ramadan, after a natural disaster, or as part of a religious offering, these warm meals make sure the most basic of needs, hunger…

Clean Water

Water is essential to life. Clean water is needed by every person in the world, every single day. Whether it is used for drinking, cooking, cleaning, or purifying oneself physically and spiritually before prayers…


The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The most beloved of places to Allah are the Mosques.” The Masjids are the Houses of Allah. It is where Muslims find comfort, peace, and tranquility…


Zakat, a pillar of Islam, is a means of purification of our wealth by giving to those in need, in accordance with Islamic guidelines. Zakat is to be given yearly to those eligible. Because zakat has very specific…