January 2022 - March 2022
War in Ukraine
On February 24, Russia launched an unprovoked attack against the Ukrainian people, the largest invasion of one country by another in Europe since World War II. More than 4.3 million refugees have fled their homes to escape the advancing Russian forces. Working through local partners, we are providing emergency aid to refugees in Poland, Romania, and Moldova and displaced people in Ukraine. We are also providing medicines and medical supplies, primary and emergency healthcare, mental health support, cash payments, and other urgent necessities to thousands of desperate families and children.
California Wildfires Long Term Recovery
In January and March, teams of skilled construction volunteers deployed to the small town of Paradise in Northern California to rebuild homes destroyed by the 2018 Camp Fire.
IRT is deploying more volunteer teams in May, July, September, and November 2022 and will continue to help families who cannot recover on their own for as long as needed.
In January, February, and March, IRT delivered more than 141,000 pounds of food to the San Diego Food Bank. Since the beginning of the pandemic, IRT delivered more than $1.8 million worth of non-perishable food (more than 974,000 meals) to the food bank.
Feeding San Diego's Kids
Feeding San Diego's Kids is a program that provides weekend food assistance to low income schoolchildren and their families. These children receive meals at school during the week but often go without nutritious food over the weekend. IRT is currently serving six schools and 175 schoolchildren and their families.
Medicines for Children
IRT provides essential medicines to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations for a fraction of their cost. One dollar enables IRT to procure at least $50 worth of medicines for communities in forgotten corners of the world with no access to essential medications.
In February, we sent a shipment worth more than $12 million to our partners in Eastern Niger. In total, IRT has shipped more than $152 million worth of medicines to Niger since 2012.
In March, we shipped a 40-foot container of medicines and medical supplies worth more than$12 million that will be used in hospitals and clinics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Fighting Malnutrition in Guatemala
In March, we sent four 40-foot containers of Nutributter to Guatemala to serve 16,000 children. Nutributter is a nutrition supplement for infants and young children who are most vulnerable to malnutrition and the consequential stunting of mental and physical growth.