Life for 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.
Today, 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 4-star Charity Navigator rating which is the highest rating for a non-profit organization. Life is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Over the past 20 years, Life has been able to distribute over $300 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