Our Refugee-Led Implementing Partners
Empowering refugees to serve one another
We partner with humanitarian nonprofits led by the communities we serve. In doing so, we aspire to a more equitable and sustainable relief system. We jointly identify the most pressing needs, co-design humanitarian interventions, and support and oversee project implementation. Highly conscious of cost and local context, our refugee-led and grassroots partners have unparalleled access to persons in need and existing systems. When international agencies depart, we hope that our partners will stay and persist.
We vet and select refugee-led and grassroots nonprofit organizations and institutions that are efficient, transparent, neutral, impartial, and impactful. In Ukraine, we partner with children’s hospitals, collective centers for displaced persons, and local charities, and volunteers on both sides of the Romania-Ukraine border. Our partners addressing the Syrian displacement crisis in the Middle East are registered as public charities in Turkey and Lebanon.
In addition to requiring project reporting and supporting financial and photographic documentation, we conduct on-site monitoring of projects when security permits and retain the right to engage third-party monitoring consultants if needed. Below is a list of our current partners. For information on our past partners, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bright Kids CharityBright Kids Charity is a humanitarian non-profit organization that is headquartered and registered in Kyiv, Ukraine. RPI is helping Bright Kids Charity to reach 6 times more children with disabilities across Ukraine with urgently needed cash assistance, protection monitoring, and referrals.
Happy Child FoundationHappy Child Foundation is a humanitarian non-profit organization that is headquartered and registered in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. RPI is collaborating with Happy Child to support volunteers evacuating civilians from Pology to Zaporizhzhia, where they can more easily access onward transportation to safety.
MAPSMulti Aid Programs (MAPS) was set-up by a Syrian neurosurgeon and initially operated under the wings of several non-profit entities in Lebanon before securing its own nonprofit status in 2016. MAPS has provided over 500,000 Syrian refugees and Lebanese in Bekaa Valley and Aarsal with non-formal education, health care, continuing education, community service, and relief items. This non-governmental organization has 220 Syrian staff working on its education programs. MAPS is registered in Lebanon, with a sister branch registered in Germany.
Olive BranchOlive Branch is a humanitarian non-profit organization that is headquartered and registered in Gaziantep, Turkey. Olive Branch has benefited hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons and local residents in southern and northern Syria since 2012 through needs assessments, education, protection, livelihoods, and women’s development. They have 500 workers on the ground and currently prioritize northwestern Syria and southern Turkey. Led by expatriate Syrian staff, Olive Branch also has offices in Lebanon, Jordan, and Germany.
SIMROThe Sustainable International Medical Relief Organization (SIMRO) was established by a group of Syrian doctors in late 2014. Registered as an NGO in Turkey, SIMRO engages in long-term strategic medical relief projects in Syria through medical training, medical care, and the provision of safe health care infrastructure. In partnership with the United Nations, SIMRO also implements health information management projects to support the aid community in conducting needs assessments and data analysis.
Kids ParadiseKids Paradise is an impartial, independent and non-profit NGO, registered as a charity in Turkey. Led by Turkish and Syrian nationals, Kids Paradise strives to empower vulnerable Syrians, especially children and women, whose lives and dreams have been shattered by war. They implement innovative humanitarian and self-reliance projects in Turkey and Syria in the areas of food security and livelihoods, urgent response, shelter and non-food items, and water and sanitation. Kids Paradise was originally founded by a group of Syrian volunteers in March 2012, and was officially registered in 2016. They have offices in Ankara and Antakya, Turkey.
URDAThe Union of Relief and Development Associations (URDA) seeks to be an influential reference for humanitarian work in Lebanon and the leading umbrella for grassroots initiatives with sustainable capabilities working professionally to develop the society under international standards.
OrkideOrkide humanitarian organization is an impartial, nongovernmental nonprofit organization, registered as a charity in Turkey. Led by expat Syrian medical and humanitarian staff, Orkide is our main nonprofit partner on community management of acute malnutrition and counseling on infant and young child feeding in northwest Syria.
Basmeh and ZeitoonehBasmeh and Zeitooneh was launched in Lebanon in 2012, to fill the gaps in humanitarian and livelihoods assistance provided to Syrian refugees, with a particular focus on women and children. Registered in Lebanon and Turkey, Basmeh and Zeitonneh operates within Lebanon, southern Turkey, and northern Syria. Led by expatriate Syrian staff, this NGO has sound ties with the international humanitarian community.
Become a Supporting Partner
Consider joining our growing network of passionate institutional supporters. If you are a donor advised fund or foundation looking for a 501c3 charity that works together with overseas grassroots organizations, please reach out to us. If you are a business, engage your staff’s compassion through including RPI in an employee gift matching campaign. Inquire about our vision of facilitating refugee self-reliance. We are grateful to all of our giving partners for their generosity.
RPI especially thanks the following supporters for their compassionate partnership: Together Women Rise (formerly Dining for Women), New England International Donors Giving Circle on Refugees, American Securities Foundation, National Philanthropic Trust, The Syria Campaign of The Voices Project, Fidelity Charitable, Essex County Community Foundation, Boston Foundation, Dunn Family Charitable Foundation, Sobecki Family Foundation, Raikes Foundation, MathWorks, Albany Medical College, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Albany Medical Center Labor & Delivery Department, Brown University, Yale University STM, Plymouth Congregational Church of Belmont, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, FactSet Research Systems, Limbs & Things Inc, Network for Good, Pledgeling Foundation, Third Sector New England, PayPal Giving Fund, AmazonSmile, Iron Door Management, LLC, NeedsList.co, Zervas Elementary School, Carolle Chic Boutique, Grapevine, ESH Circus Arts, LLC, Salon at 10 Newbury, Allegro Photography, Green Chair Pictures, Persistence of Vision Films, Black Ink, Inc, Crush Boutique, BJs, Star Market, Stop & Shop, and our inspiring network of individual donors.
All gifts are used at the discretion of Refugee Protection International to fulfill its tax-exempt purposes and are tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law. As an independent, non-profit, non-governmental humanitarian organization, we do not impose political or religious views on our local partners or participating beneficiaries. We are committed to the principles of impartiality, neutrality, humanity, independence, transparency, ethical conduct, and accountability.
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