Rohingya refugees continue their way after crossing from Myanmar into Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh. Hannah McKay/Reuters
Key Issues

Refugees & IDPs

84 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide.

The latest data from the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shows a disturbing rise in global displacement year after year. Today, the number of people forced to flee is the highest in recorded history.

Conflict and natural disasters continue to be the main drivers of displacement, forcing people to move within their own countries or across borders as refugees.

Millions are made to leave their homes behind at a moment’s notice to escape turbulent events in their home countries. Often, these populations in vulnerable situations are then sheltered among the poorest communities, sharing scarce resources with host communities for years. Protracted crises in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, and South Sudan, which are responsible for the majority of the world’s refugees, have sparked a heartbreaking legacy of displacement whose impact will be felt for generations.

What we do

At Relief International, we work alongside people on the move to find safety on their journeys and upon their arrival in a new place, providing critical services where they are most needed.

We make no distinction in how we respond to the needs of refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), or members of the communities that host them, and go to great lengths to provide essential services to these groups in vulnerable situations to ensure they can live with the safety and dignity they deserve.

“Displaced families who have already fled traumatic or life threatening situations at home, often face lots of challenges after they move. Relief International works with these families to provides the education, health care and economic support needed to overcome these challenges.”

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On the Move

Our work with refugees, IDPs, and people on the move.

Bangladesh

Empowering Women in the Rohingya Refugee Camps, Bangladesh

In Bangladesh’s refugee camps, communities are working together to empower women and reduce gender-based violence – through the creation of Safe Spaces for women and girls, and gender transformative training for men and boys.

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Turkey

Omar’s Story – Changing Lives Through Employment Opportunities

“From a person who didn’t have anything to a person that has something, there is a big difference,” says Omar, a Syrian refugee in Turkey who found a new job after taking part in an RI project.

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Bangladesh

Refugees Powering RI Programs in Bangladesh’s Refugee Camps

Rohmot and Hasina are Rohingya refugees. They are also RI volunteers, helping to deliver RI’s much needed programs in Bangladesh’s refugee camps.

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Jordan

Learning and Living at RI’s Educational Centers in Jordan

RI’s educational centers in refugee camps in Jordan offer young Syrian refugees the opportunity to learn and grow.

Here, four students tell us what inspires them to attend the RI center each day.

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Turkey

Providing Life-Changing Prosthetics for Syrian Refugees

One and a half million people in Syria are currently living with permanent impairments, including over 80,000 who have lost limbs.

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Jordan

Muteeb’s Story – Teaching Syrian Refugees in Jordan

“I work to bring life to the language. I put a pulse into the words,” states Muteeb, an English teacher at one of RI’s Educational Center in Azraq camp in Jordan.

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Syria

Healing Trauma Through Supporting Others in Syria

Salma is a Community Health Team Leader for RI in Syria. She works with displaced families who have been devastated by the conflict, using her own experiences of the war to connect.

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Turkey

Finding Health and Hope in Turkey

Omer’s leg was amputated after an airstrike hit his home in Syria when he was 2.

His recovery has taken time, but he is now finally able to walk again.

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Iran

Afghan families arriving in Iran

With increasing numbers of Afghan refugees crossing the border into Iran, Relief International – one of the few international non-profits working in the country – is working to support families and individuals during this crisis.

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Jordan

“Wherever life takes me, I will use my education to get there”

Relief International is one of the leading providers of education inside Jordan’s Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps. Our signature project is a year-long prep course for the Tawjihi, the final exam students are required to take to graduate from high school.

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Bangladesh

Empowering Women in the Rohingya Refugee Camps, Bangladesh

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Turkey

Omar’s Story – Changing Lives Through Employment Opportunities

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Refugees Powering RI Programs in Bangladesh’s Refugee Camps

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Jordan

Learning and Living at RI’s Educational Centers in Jordan

Rahaf is a technician who makes prosthetic limbs at Relief International's clinic. Rachel Elkind/RI

Turkey

Providing Life-Changing Prosthetics for Syrian Refugees

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Jordan

Muteeb’s Story – Teaching Syrian Refugees in Jordan

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Syria

Healing Trauma Through Supporting Others in Syria

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Turkey

Finding Health and Hope in Turkey

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Iran

Afghan families arriving in Iran

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Jordan

“Wherever life takes me, I will use my education to get there”

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Empowering Women in the Rohingya Refugee Camps, Bangladesh

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Omar’s Story – Changing Lives Through Employment Opportunities

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Refugees Powering RI Programs in Bangladesh’s Refugee Camps

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Learning and Living at RI’s Educational Centers in Jordan

Rahaf is a technician who makes prosthetic limbs at Relief International's clinic. Rachel Elkind/RI

Providing Life-Changing Prosthetics for Syrian Refugees

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Muteeb’s Story – Teaching Syrian Refugees in Jordan

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Healing Trauma Through Supporting Others in Syria

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Finding Health and Hope in Turkey

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Afghan families arriving in Iran

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“Wherever life takes me, I will use my education to get there”

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Donate Now

With a gift to Relief International, you can help provide healthcare to displaced families. You can help deliver clean drinking water. And you can help ensure girls and boys alike receive an education.

It all starts with you.