2022 Year in Review

Restoring Hope, Rebuilding Lives

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.

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Where We Worked in 2022

Photo credit: International Medical Corps

War In Ukraine

Our Efforts in Ukraine

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:

  • Provided medicines, medical teams and psychosocial support
  • Supplied water, food and baby formula
  • Provided hygiene kits, power generators and cash transfers

International Relief Teams also assisted with lodging, airfare and bedding for Ukrainian refugees arriving in the U.S. early in the crisis.

Photo credit: Convoy of Hope

Disaster Relief

Our Global Relief Response

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:

  • Malawi (Tropical Cyclone Ana)
  • Afghanistan (5.9 magnitude earthquake)
  • Pakistan (Flash flooding from record monsoon rains)
  • Puerto Rico, USA (Hurricane Fiona)
  • Florida, USA (Hurricane Ian)

Our support has been focused on providing:

Food, water, & relief supplies
Emergency shelters
Emergency hygiene & dignity kits
Cash transfers for displaced households
Photo credit: Concern Worldwide

Medicines for Children

Providing Essential Medicines Worldwide

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:

  • Niger
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Liberia
  • Syria

Medicines are procured at a fraction of their retail cost and distributed by our nonprofit partners to hospitals and health clinics throughout these countries.

Photo credit: International Relief Teams

Rebuilding Homes

Wildfires in California

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.

Photo credit: International Relief Teams

Food Assistance

Our Fight Against Hunger

As the world faces a severe food crisis, we continue to be actively involved in the fight against malnutrition and hunger.

  • In San Diego, California, International Relief Teams volunteers package and deliver food for school children that allow them and their families to have enough food throughout the weekend.
  • Sri Lanka faced multiple political and economic crises in 2022. With consistently rising food and gas prices, increased food insecurity gripped the country. International Relief Teams responded by shipping much-needed resources, including rice, lentils, tuna, and vitamins.
  • In Guatemala, severe poverty persists, and is rampant among rural, indigenous populations. Malnutrition is particularly concerning—Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world, with almost 50% of children under five being underdeveloped for their age. International Relief Teams provides a nutritional food supplement for over 13,000 children between 6 to 24 months old. The product contains vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients to promote growth, and aid in the prevention of illness and malnutrition.
Photo credit: Kirker Hospital Foundation

From the Field


“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

Photo credit: Hope Crisis Response Network/Valerie Cox

From the Field

Paradise, California

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.

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