Asia

Working in Asia often means being in the eye of the storm — literally. The region is prone to earthquakes, typhoons and other natural disasters that can threaten already fragile political and economic environments.  

Humanitarian aid is a cornerstone of RI’s role in Asia. We also partner with communities to address long-term challenges related to health, education, economic opportunity, rural development and the establishment of robust civil societies. Some of our signature programs connect farmers to markets, ensure biodiversity and reduce zoonotic disease. 

Learn more about our work in Asia below.

Programs in Asia

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A landlocked country with remote mountain areas, Afghanistan is prone to natural disaster that cuts off villages and supplies. Decades of conflict and contested territory add to Afghanistan’s fragile economic and political environment. Relief International began working in Afghanistan in 2001,...
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Tucked into the crease of South Asia and facing the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is frequently pummeled by cyclones, floods, mudslides and other natural disasters. It is also one of the world’s most densely populated countries, making for diverse and complex challenges. Many experts anticipate that...
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Standing at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Iran has been inspiring world culture since the days of the Persian Empire. Iran is the birthplace of lyric poets Rumi and Hafez, the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, a nation whose history is told in carpets 1,000 hand-tied knots at a...
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Myanmar offers a complex web of optimism and struggle: A shift toward democracy, continued internal conflict, extreme weather events and fragile terrain. But the country formerly known as Burma also is rich in natural resources. It is called “the breadbasket of Asia” for its fertile soil. Relief...
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Perched atop the Himalayas, Nepal is the poorest nation in South Asia, and one that is prone to natural disasters. Nepal’s 27 million people live mostly in its rural mountains and valleys. They make their living from agriculture and by harvesting forest products such as medicinal and aromatic...
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Conflict, drought, floods and earthquakes plague Pakistan. Relief International entered the country in 2005 after a devastating earthquake where we were among the first organizations to respond. Our emergency response work continues today. We also team with local communities to deliver top-notch...
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With more than 7,000 islands situated in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is one of the world’s largest archipelago nations — and one of the most environmentally diverse. The Philippines is among the world’s 17 most bio-diverse countries, with a large percentage of species found only on...