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.
Oct 23, 2013

Give Education to Syrian Refugees Update 10.23.13

The Syria crisis, one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time, has had an overwhelming effect upon Syrian children. Over one million children make up well over half of the current growing Syrian refugee population. Most of these children have been out of school for months and even years. They carry trauma from the scars of war. The biggest challenge yet is providing them a chance to heal and grasp hope for a better future.

 

Protecting Syrian children has been one the main focuses of Relief International’s (RI) work. In the Za’atari camp, where a large majority of the refugees are children, RI is helping kids catch up in school at its educational center. At the center, children can feel secure while they heal and receive psychosocial support in a safe environment. In addition to catch-up classes, children enjoy organized recreational activities. Our work in Za’atari would not be possible thanks to our dedicated volunteers and staff that put in long days and work tirelessly to support the center's activities.

 

RI is also assisting Syrian families residing in host communities. In fact, about 80 percent of refugees live in host communities--in rural or urban areas where the families struggle to meet their basic needs and find work opportunities. In Karak, Jordan, our team is providing Syrian children with the educational support they need to catch up to their Jordanian peers.

 

Despite all odds, the Syrian kids we meet are determined to continue their education. But, resources are stretched thin as the number of families fleeing their homes will grow. You can do something. Your support through Global Giving will enable us to reach more children in need. Join us and together we can keep their hope alive and change their futures.

Girls in class at the RI education center
Girls in class at the RI education center
Boys attending recreational activities
Boys attending recreational activities
Catch-up classes in Karak, Jordan
Catch-up classes in Karak, Jordan

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Aug 1, 2013

Give Education to Syrian Refugees Update 8.1.13

This week marks the one year anniversary of the formation of the Za'atari refugee camp. Once a desert, now Za'atari is home to over a 100,000 Syrians and is the second largest refugee camp in the world.

Relief International (RI) is working to bring hope and stability to the Syrian children in Za’atari through education. In the Za’atari refugee camp, RI provides supplemental education to Syrian refugee children, many of whom have been out of school for months and need help in catching up in their studies. Currently, RI is the sole provider of catch-up classes in Za’atari. In addition to classes at the center, children have a safe space where they can play and attend organized recreational activities as well as receive psychosocial services so they can heal.

All of RI’s field staff and volunteers are either Syrians or Jordanians from the local community. Our staff and volunteers have been hard at work; many arrive early everyday and are the last to leave the school.

RI staff that have visited Za’atari tell us that there is a large sense of hope and optimism felt by the families and children who attend classes at the center. 

This week we remember that the Syrian children and families who call this camp home are not forgotten. Your support of Relief International’s project on Global Giving helps us reach more families and children in need. Together we can ensure a brighter future for more Syrian children.

Girls in class at the RI education center
Girls in class at the RI education center

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Jun 12, 2013

Help Syrian Refugees Receive Relief Update 6.12.13

RI Emergency Response Coordinator with children
RI Emergency Response Coordinator with children

Back to School at Za’atari

Recently, our field staff shared some heart-warming moments from their work with Syrian children at the RI education center in Za'atari. We couldn’t be happier to see that these children are back to school and smiling again after all the trauma and hardship they have experienced in this crisis. 

In partnership with GlobalGiving, Relief International is providing assistance to Syrian families living in refugee camps and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon. We are distributing hygiene kits, providing water and sanitation services, and offering education and tutoring services to children.

In the Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan, Relief International is providing a safe space for Syrian children to learn and grow at its education center. The Za’atari camp is home to over 100,000 refugees and is the second largest refugee camp in the world.

Our education center provides assistance to 5000 refugee children that have missed up to two years of school due to displacement and the ongoing crisis in Syria. At the center, children attend math, science, and language classes so they can catch up in their studies and continue to learn. In addition, children attend organized recreational activities and receive psychosocial services so they can heal while in a safe environment.

All of our teachers, case managers and community mobilizers are Syrians from the refugee camp. This creates understanding and trust between the staff and children as they have been through similar experiences, whilst also providing employment to those living the camp. Our other staff are Jordanians from the local community.

Let’s continue to give these children hope for a better future. Any amount, large or small, helps us reach more Syrian families and children in need.

Children in class at the RI education center
Children in class at the RI education center

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