International Relief Teams alleviates the suffering caused by poverty and disaster around the globe–from the forgotten corners of the world to right here at home–by sending volunteer teams, relief supplies, and other assistance to improve the lives of those who suffer most.Donate NOW
The conflict in Ukraine has created the most significant flow of refugees and internally displaced people in Europe since the end of the cold war. Working through international and domestic partners—both within Ukraine and in bordering countries—International Relief Teams has:
International Relief Teams also assisted with lodging, airfare and bedding for Ukrainian refugees arriving in the U.S. early in the crisis.
In 2022, extreme weather events engulfed the planet, including tornadoes, cyclones, flooding, and hurricanes. These have led to serious humanitarian situations with significantly high numbers of casualties. We responded swiftly through international non-governmental organizations with rapid-response teams on the ground in:
Our support has been focused on providing:
Two billion people—almost a 1/4 of the world’s population—live without access to the most basic medicines that many of us take for granted.
United Nations’ data from 2020 stated that in parts of the developing world, nearly 13,800 children under the age of 5 died every day, mostly from diseases that could be easily treated by basic medicine. In 2022, International Relief Teams provided essential medicines to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in:
Medicines are procured at a fraction of their retail cost and distributed by our nonprofit partners to hospitals and health clinics throughout these countries.
After the California wildfires of 2018, International Relief Teams volunteers started working to rebuild homes. This critical work had to be paused due to the COVID-19 restrictions. We are pleased to share that the work resumed in 2022.
Working closely with long-time partners and volunteers, International Relief Teams was able to assist in building homes for families recovering from wildfire disasters at two sites in northern California, Paradise, and Happy Camp. The numbers and sizes of our volunteer teams continued to grow, and we were able to send eight teams, including two in November 2022, to do this much needed work.
We have also resumed our home builds in Tijuana, Mexico, where a team of 15 volunteers constructed a house for a family of four, who were living in a shelter in a settlement community.
As the world faces a severe food crisis, we continue to be actively involved in the fight against malnutrition and hunger.
“I feel relieved. Thanks to the medicines donated by International Relief Teams and other partners to the district, the hospital is functioning well. We receive antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, laxatives, oral anti-diabetics, vitamins, anti-asthmatics, orthopedic splints, gloves and surgical masks. Thank you very much!”
- Dr. Alio, Mainé-Soroa District Hospital, Niger
“Before the revolution, I was working in another Arab country because it was an easier, better life than in Syria. After the war broke out, I came back to help my people. There are not many doctors left here. I cannot leave Syria because our people need our help. And without your support we cannot continue our work and help our people. Thank God now we have good equipment and regular help!”
- Dr. Mohamed Abdullah, Idlib Governorate, Syria
Randy and Lisa have been living on their property in an RV in Paradise, CA, since 2019. Randy said, “We knew we wanted to rebuild, we just didn’t know how it was going to happen. You have given us hope.” They had just signed the paperwork to start building the house when Randy was diagnosed with cancer. He has now completed all his treatments and is in good health.
“The International Relief Team volunteers who framed the house were some of the best people we have ever worked with. They worked extremely hard and were all having a good time. It made the work go so fast and they were a lot of fun,” said Randy.