Relief International

RI provides emergency relief, rehabilitation and development assistance to victims of natural disasters and civil conflicts worldwide. RI's programs bridge the gap between immediate and long-term community development. This orientation promotes self-reliance and the peaceful reintegration of populations. RI's programs are designed with the input and participation of target beneficiary groups such as women, children and the elderly, whose special needs are often neglected in disasters.
Jan 22, 2014

Update on RI's Work with Syrian Refugees 1.18.14

Syrian kids back to their studies thanks to RI
Syrian kids back to their studies thanks to RI

Well into its third year, the crisis in Syria has escalated to unfathomable proportions. Over two million Syrians have been displaced - one of the largest refugee population movements in recent history. As the crisis continues, more and more Syrian families are requiring assistance. In response, Relief International’s efforts have expanded over the past year to support refugees and host communities by providing vital services such as education and water and sanitation hygiene in Jordan, Lebanon, and now Iraq. Currently, Relief Internationals programs in the region help meet the needs of more than 400,000 Syrians.

One of Relief International’s top priorities is to transition Syrian children back to school. Currently, more than half a million Syrian refugee children are out of school. This is an entire generation at risk. Our educational programs in Jordan and Lebanon provide support to more than 8,000 children. In Lebanon, RI offers accelerated learning programs (ALPs) across 24 schools in Beirut, North Lebanon, and Mount Lebanon. Through ALPs, Syrian children ages 3 to 14 are able to catch-up and learn in a safe and supportive environment. RI’s programs help ensure that Syrian children succeed and integrate into the formal education system.

In Iraq, Relief International is helping meet the water, sanitation, and hygiene needs of 7,000 Syrians in the Dara Shakran Camp. To ensure families have access to safe water, RI operates a laboratory in the camp which monitors the safety of drinking water in order to reduce the risk of waterborne illnesses.  Our team also distributes hygiene and sanitation kits. In order to combat one of the coldest winters on record in the region, we also provide winterization kits to children to ensure they keep warm.

Your ongoing support has made Relief International’s work possible. With your continued support, not only can we continue to offer relief, but we are also able to establish sustainable long-term programs and help more Syrian families have a better and more promising future.

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Dec 20, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Update 12.20.13

Relief International's Rapid Emergency Deployment (RED) Team has been stationed in the Tacloban area staffing a city hospital and running two mobile clinics. To date, we have provided medical treatment to more than 3,700 patients. Additionally, our team has addressed the psychological well-being of over 500 people to help them heal as they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Haiyan. Relief International is now preparing activities to focus on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), shelter, and livelihood recovery.

Millions have been affected by this disaster and a long road of recovery still looms ahead for many families. Your continued support allows our team to reach more survivors. 

Our team would like to extend a big thank you those who have already joined us in support! Together, we can continue to help families recover and rebuild from disaster.

Photo Credits: Roger Spinti

 


A child who received treatment for dehydration
A child who received treatment for dehydration

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Dec 5, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Update 12.5.13

RED Team medical volunteers
RED Team medical volunteers

As you read this, Relief International’s Rapid Emergency Deployment (RED) Team is on the ground in the Philippines providing urgent medical care to families in some of the hardest hit areas such as Tacloban. Access to healthcare is a top priority as key infrastructure, such as hospitals, has been destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

Currently, RI has 22 medical personnel from the U.S. working with local staff to address the primary medical needs of survivors. In addition to providing critical health support, our team is also working with communities and preparing activities to address urgent water, sanitation, shelter, and livelihood recovery needs.

Relief International’s efforts in the Philippines would not be possible without the generous contributions and assistance from our supporters, friends, and partners.

RI staff, RED Team volunteers, and families in the Philippines thank you!

More than one million people are homeless
More than one million people are homeless
Aerial view of destruction
Aerial view of destruction

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