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Key Issues

Climate Changing Communities

Climate change is happening now.

Extreme weather events are occurring with greater frequency and intensity than ever before.

Each destructive weather event has devastating consequences on peoples’ lives and livelihoods, particularly for those who live in the fragile settings where Relief International works.

Often, it is these communities, who already live in vulnerable situations, that are the ones hit hardest by these global crises.

When crisis hits, Relief International teams are among the first responders on the ground. We rely on our staff of local nationals, who are often employed nearby, to deliver critical aid in the form of clean water, food, healthcare, and other services to disaster-affected communities.

However, we do not leave when the crisis is over. We support these communities year round, working to strengthen peoples’ abilities to deal with the shocks and stresses in their daily lives, helping them to adapt to the challenging reality of changing weather through training and development programs.

We do this by looking for opportunities to incorporate green initiatives into the design of all of our programs.

In Ghana, we’ve produced more than 1.9 million clean cookstoves to reduce the emission of green house gases. In South Sudan we are working to conserve the dwindling forests through sustainable woodlots. And in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, our teams worked to launch a thriving eco-tourism industry to protect and promote the area’s rich natural resources.

These programs represent only a fraction of our work to improve communities’ resilience in response to the pervasive effects of climate change.

 

“Extreme weather events linked to climate change are exacerbating conditions for families in places that are already vulnerable. We support people by providing emergency relief when disaster strikes, and by helping to build resilience as communities brace for future impact.”

Ann Koontz

In Response to Climate Change

Our work responding to natural disasters and long-term development challenges fueled by climate change.

Bangladesh

“Climate Change is the biggest challenge we are currently facing”

Rehana supports her family of 6 based on what she can grows and sell. Unfortunately, climate change is impacting how much food she can produce.

 

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Syria

“The weather has been the main reason for our emergency responses over the past two years.”

Cold weather, flooding and dangerous winds exacerbate health issues for displaced people in Syria.

To help, RI medical teams regularly visit camps to support residents dealing with these extreme conditions.

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South Sudan

“Yesterday I started seeing rain clouds. If the rain starts early, I can only expect the worst.”

Last year RI’s health teams provided over 853,000 health consultations to people at hospitals and clinic across the Upper Nile region of South Sudan

This vital work is made exponentially more difficult by South Sudan’s extreme weather patterns.

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PRESS RELEASE – RI Launches Retail of Gold Standard Carbon Credits

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Philippines

“We are used to having typhoons… But these typhoons are getting more destructive every year”

Typhoons in the Philippines are growing in strength and destruction.

To assist, RI is preparing local communities for how to avoid disease outbreaks resulting from typhoons so that they will be better prepared when the next one hits.

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Ghana

Gyapa Cookstove Project Issues Additional One Million Gold Standard Carbon Credits

 

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Somalia

Somalia Braces as Climate Change Brings Recurring Droughts and Floods

 

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Bangladesh

Life among the Mangroves: Eco-Tourism in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans Forest

 

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Ghana

The Gyapa Cookstove: A Thriving, Climate-Friendly Business

Since 2007, Relief International has worked alongside Ghanaian communities and the CO2 emissions experts at ClimateCare to design, produce and sell a safer cooking solution: the Gyapa™ cookstove.

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Iran

Brick by Brick: Rebuilding after Iran’s Nowruz floods

 

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Bangladesh

“Climate Change is the biggest challenge we are currently facing”

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Syria

“The weather has been the main reason for our emergency responses over the past two years.”

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South Sudan

“Yesterday I started seeing rain clouds. If the rain starts early, I can only expect the worst.”

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PRESS RELEASE – RI Launches Retail of Gold Standard Carbon Credits

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Philippines

“We are used to having typhoons… But these typhoons are getting more destructive every year”

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Ghana

Gyapa Cookstove Project Issues Additional One Million Gold Standard Carbon Credits

Somalia Floods

Somalia

Somalia Braces as Climate Change Brings Recurring Droughts and Floods

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Bangladesh

Life among the Mangroves: Eco-Tourism in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans Forest

Ghana. RI

Ghana

The Gyapa Cookstove: A Thriving, Climate-Friendly Business

An Iranian family walks through a flooded street in a village around the city of Ahvaz, in Iran's Khuzestan province, on March 31, 2019. Mehdi Pedramkhoo/AFP/Getty Images

Iran

Brick by Brick: Rebuilding after Iran’s Nowruz floods

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Somalia Floods
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An Iranian family walks through a flooded street in a village around the city of Ahvaz, in Iran's Khuzestan province, on March 31, 2019. Mehdi Pedramkhoo/AFP/Getty Images
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“Climate Change is the biggest challenge we are currently facing”

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“The weather has been the main reason for our emergency responses over the past two years.”

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“Yesterday I started seeing rain clouds. If the rain starts early, I can only expect the worst.”

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PRESS RELEASE – RI Launches Retail of Gold Standard Carbon Credits

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“We are used to having typhoons… But these typhoons are getting more destructive every year”

ghana-gyapa-project-about-e1567097543195.jpg

Gyapa Cookstove Project Issues Additional One Million Gold Standard Carbon Credits

Somalia Floods

Somalia Braces as Climate Change Brings Recurring Droughts and Floods

RI Staff/RI

Life among the Mangroves: Eco-Tourism in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans Forest

Ghana. RI

The Gyapa Cookstove: A Thriving, Climate-Friendly Business

An Iranian family walks through a flooded street in a village around the city of Ahvaz, in Iran's Khuzestan province, on March 31, 2019. Mehdi Pedramkhoo/AFP/Getty Images

Brick by Brick: Rebuilding after Iran’s Nowruz floods

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