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.
Sep 21, 2009

RI's North Darfur Women Centers are a Success!

RI has seen much success in its activities in North Darfur over the last months. In 2008, RI was able to fulfill one if its strategic goals by completing the construction of two women’s center in Kabkabiya, North Darfur. These RI-supported centers now serve as a safe space for women and girls in the region.

The newly constructed women’s center was put to use almost immediately as RI’s women’s development team, in coordination with local partner, provided health training for local women which included promotion of safe motherhood skills and pre- and post-natal visits with health providers, sensitization on the value of routine immunization for pregnant women and children under 5, promotion of basic hygiene, and STI prevention. Nutrition education was also included, which promoted breastfeeding, best-use of food rations, and tips for recognizing child malnutrition and for preparing high-nutrient meals to prevent loss of breast milk.

Aug 13, 2008

August 2008 Update: Combating Hunger via Livestock for Families, Niger

Child with goat
Child with goat

Project achievements to date include:

· The re-stocking of 240 pastoralist households (1,680 individuals) with livestock; special attention was paid to determine appropriate species, breeds, types, and age class of animals, and to the ecological and economic carrying capacity of the local environment. 40% of beneficiary households are headed by women.

· The provision of veterinary services to 240 pastoralist households, including increased access to a range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, and targeted training of Community Animal Healthcare Workers.

· Training of beneficiary households in improving existing techniques for production, preservation and storage of pastoral produce, including training in more efficient and productive dairy processing techniques, and the introduction of dry meat schemes and granaries.

· The construction and management of two types of food banks- one for cereals (for human nutritional needs) and one for fodder (for livestock nutritional needs). These are used in times of scarcity, particularly the dry season between April and June. A management committee elected by the community has been trained to administer the cereal banks.

The aforementioned achievements have resulted in an overall project impact of combating hunger for the most vulnerable – including women and children – and improving food security for pastoral communities in rural Niger. With generous support from RI’s network of Global Giving donors, RI has been able to transition whole villages from emergency hunger to a more equitable, secure, and healthy future.

Mother and child with goats
Mother and child with goats
Aug 13, 2008

August 2008 Update: Providing Access to Water for Families in Niger

People working on a well
People working on a well

Project achievements to date include:

The rehabilitation of 6 wells, which provide clean drinking water for upward of 1,100 people. Increased knowledge amongst families and communities of the importance of clean water and RI-constructed access points.

The promotion of local contingency/early warning systems and mechanisms that promote better natural resource management. Selective installation of hand-dug wells, used to increase the availability of water resources where other supply options are limited.

People working on a well 2
People working on a well 2

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