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.
May 27, 2010

Donations are NOT going to the government

Corner where the clinic was set up
Corner where the clinic was set up

Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our projects throughout Southeast Asia. On February 24 he visited a monastery in South Dagon that was previously the site of an Relief International (RI) medical clinic and one of the sites of a potential future education project.

Following Cyclone Nargis in May of 2008, many donors were reluctant to give to relief efforts for fear the money would just end up in the pockets of the government. Relief International was the second organization to tell me that absolutely no money was diverted to the government. And while there can be considerable bureaucracy (but where isn’t there?) and its important to establish and sustain relationships with the relevant government agency, Charlotte, the Country Director, told me the national or local government does not meddle in their operations.

I lacked the appropriate travel permits and so couldn’t travel to see RI clinics in the Irrawaddy Delta, but Rana, the Program Officer in charge of Myanmar and Sudan, and Dr. Hla Hla Aye, a Burmese staff showed me a monastery in South Dagon on the outskirts of Yangon where they had a primary healthcare clinic, and are considering starting a project to support the education provided for free by the monks to children whose families can’t afford the uniform, supplies and informal registration fees for public school.

According to the monks, the clinic served 20,000-30,000 people in this and neighboring wards. It is RI policy to employ only local doctors who provided primary healthcare, maternal health and referrals to the hospital in more serious cases. For instance, they referred 40 suspected cases of suspected tuberculosis. The clinic provided an invaluable service for free to those who couldn’t afford private clinics and wanted more care than could be provided by traditional healers. Thank you for supporting this project!

Kids studying at the free monastic school
Kids studying at the free monastic school
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
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