Relief and Development is a non-profit humanitarian charity founded in 1992 by
concerned Arab American professionals in response to the humanitarian crises
that developed in Iraq as a result of the 1991 Gulf War.
Life for Relief and Development has become the largest U.S.-founded Arab
American humanitarian relief and development organization. Life is devoted to
providing humanitarian aid to people regardless of race, color, religion and
cultural background with an annual budget of over $60 million. Life is in
Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
It is also a member of InterAction, the largest alliance of US based NGO’s and
is Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) certified and has a 3-star Charity Navigator
rating. Life is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
the past 23 years, Life has been able to distribute over $350 million in
humanitarian assistance throughout the world. Life works diligently to help the
poor and needy in a number of countries such as Afghanistan, Ghana, Haiti,
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories (through our
office in Israel), Sierra Leone, Syria, and the US as well as others. When
natural disasters occur whether here or around the world, Life rushes to answer
the call of humanitarian duty, and provides basic humanitarian assistance.
Life also implements a number of long term programs which
includes: building and maintaining medical clinics, providing medicines and
medical equipment to hospitals and clinics, providing wheelchairs and other
equipment for the handicapped, building and repairing water purification
plants, digging water wells, building and repairing schools, as well as
providing educational books to schools, colleges, and universities. Some of our
programs include running low cost medical clinics in poor neighborhoods in Iraq
and providing educational books and materials to Native American schools and
colleges in many states.