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EMBRACE RELIEF FOUNDATION INC

Embrace the World!

Fairfield, NJ   |  www.embracerelief.org

Mission

Delivering research-based, sustainable solutions to achieve immediate and lasting improvements in situations of humanitarian emergency and improving the quality of life of individuals and communities enduring chronic hardships

Ruling year info

2011

Chief Executive Officer

Osman Dulgeroglu

Main address

18 Passaic Ave Unit 1

Fairfield, NJ 07004 USA

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Formerly known as

HIZMET RELIEF

HELPING HANDS RELIEF FOUNDATION

EIN

26-2393075

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Embrace Relief works to address the needs of vulnerable individuals and communities worldwide. We are dedicated to providing research-based, sustainable solutions to people experiencing an emergency crisis or chronic hardships. Embrace Relief specializes in delivering humanitarian aid and disaster relief in more than 50 countries.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Disaster Relief

In times of significant natural disasters, Embrace Relief creates campaigns to alleviate immediate suffering, and provides food, water, clothing, and funds to repair and restore lives. Embrace Relief provides disaster relief both domestically and internationally. To this day, over $1.3M was spent for disaster relief efforts around the globe.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

The world produces enough food to feed all 7 billion people, but 11.3% of the world's population is hungry. According to World Food Programme, 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world. And believe it or not, 1 in 6 people in the United States face hunger with 49 million Americans struggling to put food on the table. The primary cause of hunger, poverty, stems from people's lack of resources, an extremely unequal income distribution in the world and within specific countries, conflict and hunger itself.

Embrace Relief has been organizing food drives both regularly and on special occasions like holidays to help alleviate this problem. To this day, Embrace relief distributed over 1 million lbs of food both domestically and internationally to people in need in over 40 countries. A great portion of this food was distributed directly to people through delivery or community events, while the rest were donated to regional food banks and local pantries. Donors of our organization volunteered in soup kitchens, homeless shelters and community gatherings.

Embrace relief also built a soup kitchen in Malindi, Kenya with regard to the poverty and increasing refugee population in that region. The facility can serve hot meals up to 3,500 people a day and is still regularly supported by our organization.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Despite the fundamental role of water for human health, survival, and development, every one out of nine people do not have access to clean water today. 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, and every minute a child dies from a water-related disease.

People (especially women and children) walk far and wide to reach out to the closest water source (more than 140 million hours a day), sometimes putting their lives at risk and mostly keeping them from more essential activities like education. Additionally, while every dollar spent on water and sanitation yields a return of four dollars, the estimated annual loss from lack of access to water results in a 260-billion-dollar loss.

The emergency solution adopted by our organization is installing water wells with handpumps in regions with little or no access to drinking water. In most of the countries with no permanent fresh surface water, it is possible to provide access to clean water by utilizing the underground water resources. To this day, our organization has opened over 350 water wells in Africa and Haiti, providing approximately 350,000 people with access to clean water and improving their health and living conditions.

A separate website (buildawaterwell.org) was also launched on World Water Day 2016, allowing our volunteers to kick-start a campaign and realize their project through crowdfunding.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Hot weather, malnutrition, and climate conditions in Africa cause many people to lose their sight to cataracts at a young age. It is estimated that two million Africans experience vision problems stemming from cataracts. An insufficient number of doctors, as well as a lack of financial resources translate to thousands with cataracts living in darkness despite the availability of a cure for a small cost.

With a fully equipped mobile clinic, Embrace Relief regularly administers health screenings throughout Africa, and can conduct up to 30 cataract surgeries a day.

On top of that, Embrace Relief is currently working on a medical center project in Haiti which would provide essential healthcare to thousands of people in need.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011 which has left an estimated 400,000 people dead, Syrians have been trying to escape the tumult at home and trying to find a safe haven in a different land, especially in the neighboring countries. One of the biggest challenges these people face is the harsh winter conditions which make an already dire situation even worse. Having witnessed the troubles they’re facing with, Embrace Relief volunteers in the US had taken initiative and organized annual blanket & coat drive campaigns to assist them for the last four years.

In 2013 and 2014 Embrace Relief shipped blankets and winter clothes amounting to four and six containers respectively, to aid displaced Syrians in Turkey, the host country to the greatest number of Syrian refugees in the world. As the unfortunate situation in the region did not improve, we repeated that campaign in 2015 with an even bigger success. Approximately 40,000 blankets, 33,000 coats and 7,500 pieces of various clothing have been collected over a hundred drop-off locations in 2015 alone, and the campaign created great awareness on both local and national levels. A similar campaign was repeated in 2016 for Syrian refugees stuck in refugee camps in Iraq. To this day, 29 containers of relief goods were delivered to Syrians in need.

On top of the blanket and clothing drive campaigns, Embrace Relief also ran a program to support the education of Syrian children and sponsored facilitation costs of a private primary school run by Syrian refugees in Istanbul for six months. Embrace Relief also sponsored a soup kitchen serving hot meal up to 4,000 refugees in the border town of Kilis, Turkey for a whole year. Similarly, Embrace Relief has been working with local and national organizations in the US to help acclimate incoming refugees to the US and assisting families who have recently arrived in the country with guidance and material support.

Embrace Relief has an online English program for refugees, which matches refugees to English speaking individuals so that they can learn and practice conversational English through group classes and one-on-one lessons. To date, 157 refugees are currently receiving weekly online English classes in order to facilitate an easier transition to a safer country.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Embrace Relief works with communities around the world to improve living conditions for children by renovating orphanages and schools as well as providing a method to cover the costs of food, education, and health care. Our goal by supporting children in underdeveloped nations is not to create further dependency, but to give them opportunities to thrive in their current environments allowing them to create sustainable futures in a safe and nurturing environment.

Through the Raise the Children program, which focuses on helping orphaned children in Nigeria, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tanzania, approximately 1,100 children have been provided with safe housing, food, clean water and education.

In addition to this assistance, Embrace Relief has renovated the Amani Orphanage in Tanzania and four orphanages in Haiti.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Embrace Relief recognized the integral role education plays in alleviating poverty, so our education support program tries to create opportunities for students both at a local level and around the globe through programs, such as our GradPlus and ACT-US initiative.

Locally, the GradPlus program was created to serve the educational needs of youth in Paterson, New Jersey, which has a 29% poverty rate. GradPlus is an academic program designed to help at-risk students complete high school and successfully transition to college or vocational training through our provided tutoring sessions for the SAT and CASAS, mentorships and guidance with career-readiness opportunities.

Globally, the ACT-US seeks to provide digital literacy and Information and Communication devices to students in Uganda and Tanzania by equipping K-12 schools with 324 computers with Endless OS technology. This provides students with limited access to the internet for fundamental classes and the opportunity to contribute to Africa’s long-term economic development and prosperity.

In addition, Embrace Relief has also provided necessary school supplies through several campaigns, merit and need-based scholarships and internship opportunities for US college students, and books for refugee schools and libraries.

Population(s) Served
Students
Children and youth

Embrace Relief is providing jobs and skill training for women in Haiti, Kenya, and the United States. In the Haitian Creole language, “Fanm” means women, and “Fanmi” means family. At Embrace Relief we believe that without "fanm" there is no "fanmi". We hold onto the idea that communities will progress quicker, and more families will remain together with better accessibility to jobs and education for women. By providing more women professions, there will be a lesser need for dependency and support from others, and women will not experience desperation to feed, clothe, and educate their children. This will further create more equal opportunities for children as well.

We utilize the artisanal craft of the Haitians and Kenyans to create beautiful handmade jewelry and clothing. In the United States, Embrace Relief provides vocational training in e-commerce for women, teaching them how to sell products on eBay and launch their own business. To this day, 90 women were given vocational training in the above mentioned countries.

Embrace Relief also began RISE, an educational program that assists women seeking better lives for themselves and their families. RISE empowers young women in Tanzania in two ways. One is through higher education support, enabling them to become self-sufficient with a financially stable life. The other way is through certifications in Educational Leadership and Management training. This allows them to be to employed in more prominent, managerial roles in educational institutions and thus creating more paths for empowerment of future generations of women.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Young adults

Where we work

Awards

Pioneers in SDG Awards (3rd place) 2023

Journalist and Writers Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Pioneers in SDG Awards (3rd place) 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donors lending

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average number of donors per year towards all of our campaigns and projects.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clean Water

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of people who have access to clean, reliable drinking water throughout sub-Saharan Africa because of Embrace Relief's water wells.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of organizational partners Embrace Relief has.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Approximate amount of people reached/served each year.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

24 female teachers in Tanzania enrolled in Embrace Relief's two-year Women's Empowerment program: RISE.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hunger Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals with access to food aid (annually)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Embrace Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which collaborates with volunteers to deliver humanitarian aid and disaster relief to vulnerable communities around the world. Our teams offer relief in the form of financial, emotional and physical support, in order to meet the needs of people ravaged by disaster and other misfortune. The foundation collects and distributes supplies to families, individuals and institutions. Embrace Relief focuses its efforts in six different fields including disaster relief, access to clean water, healthcare, orphan care, education, and hunger relief, refugee relief and women's empowerment.

Disaster Relief: Embrace Relief's goal is to respond to natural disasters and emergencies as quickly as possible while making sure that we provide support to victims effectively.

Clean Water: Embrace Relief has constructed more than 400 water wells and plans to increase this number every year.

Healthcare: Embrace Relief has completed 58,000 health checkups and over 3,800 cataract surgeries and plans to provide 500 cataract surgery every year.

Orphan Care: Embrace Relief currently sponsors the needs of 400 orphans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania and plans to expand the program to reach more orphaned children in both countries.

Education: Embrace Relief will donate school supplies to 1,500 children in the United States that have limited access to them each year.

Food Donation: Relief distributes more than 200,000 Lbs. of food every year.

Disaster Relief: Embrace Relief prepares its volunteers to provide support to victims in case of disasters as quickly as possible. Embrace Relief will increase its number of branches to five branches across the United States.

Clean Water: Embrace Relief builds water wells in sub-Saharan Africa, and will continue to expand the program to provide clean water to those without access to it.

Cataract Surgeries: Embrace Relief has raised awareness for people that need cataract surgeries. Our partners in institutions in Mali perform cataract surgeries, and continues to reach more patients every year.

Orphans: Embrace Relief supports 400 orphans in the DRC and Tanzania and closely engages with our partner institutions on the ground to consistently attend to the children's arising needs.

Education: Embrace Relief has determined the schools with the families that need the most help and continues its campaign to help those children.

Food Donation: Embrace Relief collects food items and donations to distribute to people in need and continues to assess and evaluate hunger relief needs domestically and globally.

Embrace Relief has five branches across the United States. We currently have more than 2000 active volunteers. Embrace Relief has strong ties with 86 non-profit and governmental institutions. Embrace Relief has local partnerships with relief organizations in the regions we work in. Our connections and partner organizations gives the capability to organize relief activities all over the United States and internationally.

Disaster Relief: Embrace Relief has assisted over 422,000 victims of natural disasters and emergency scenarios including Hurricane Sandy where we collaborated with 200 volunteers who distributed hot meals to more than 14,000 people and donated nearly 24,000 pounds of food. With donations given to two public libraries and a public school, Embrace Relief donated $230,000 for Sandy relief efforts and the Haiti earthquake where 120 volunteers distributed hot meals to 1,000 people for 30 days, built temporary shelters for the victims, distributed blankets, and 15 doctors attended to the medical needs of victims.

Clean Water: Constructed 409 water wells providing over 400,000 people with clean water everyday

Healthcare: Embrace Relief conducted over 58,000 health checkups and provided over 3,600 cataract surgeries to underserved communities in Mali

Orphans: Embrace Relief provided food, water and shelter to over 1,117 orphaned children in Haiti, Burundi, Nigeria, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tanzania

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It can be difficult to receive feedback from beneficiaries in African countries such as Chad & Mali.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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EMBRACE RELIEF FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 04/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Nevzat Yilmaz

Atlantic Accounting Services

Galip Kiyakli

Nema Food Distribution Inc.

William Alexander Morel

St. John’s University

Osman Dulgeroglu

Embrace Relief Foundation

Walter Marin

Marin Architects

Kirstin Vanderheof

Westchester County Department of Social Services

Mehmet Serdar Keskin

Mathematics teacher at a public highschool

Adam Chelik

Civil engineer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/16/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.