Response USA for Relief and Development

aka No   |   Woodbridge, VA   |  https://www.rusard.org

Mission

Work with others to make a difference in the lives of extreme poor and vulnerable populations - with a focus on women, girls and children, through integrated and participatory approaches.

Ruling year info

2019

President & CEO

Dr Arif Mehmood

Main address

PO Box 2101 Post Office Road

Woodbridge, VA 22195-9801 USA

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EIN

83-2080058

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Response USA for Relief and Development works to alleviate the suffering of extremely poor and vulnerable populations, especially women and children by delivering lifesaving humanitarian assistance including food, emergency healthcare, psycho-social support, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and shelter services. Response USA also works with the marginalized and disadvantaged communities in remote and hard to reach regions of the world and helps them find lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, poor health and powerlessness through participatory development. ​

Our programs

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

Child Protection and Support

We provide crucial psycho-social support for children during emergencies to help them overcome their difficult experiences. These efforts include one to one counselling and group therapy sessions for helping them overcome the challenges and stress resulting from the disaster or conflict. Other interventions include safe and stimulating activities such as sports and games to develop life skills and coping mechanisms for achieving resiliency.

We build the capacity of community members, activists to support children, families and neighbors by disseminating key information through a variety of channels including the media, religious organizations, existing community structures and youth groups.

​We use child friendly spaces to organize activities in a safe and stimulating environment where affected children are supported. In addition, the parents or caregivers of these children are sensitized on child rights and protection issues.

​We provide specialized referral services for children with behavioral issues, or who may need extra support, so that appropriate networks of care may be engaged.

​Through School Feeding Program, we support the provision of nutritious and hygienic food to students in highly under-served and remote areas which have both educational and health benefits; increasing school enrollment rates, reducing absenteeism, and improving food security at the household level

Population(s) Served

Construction of Water Wells and Water Pumps: In Africa and South Asia, we improve the communities’ access to safe and clean drinking water by constructing water wells and installing water hand pumps in coordination with the relevant local government departments and ensuring compliance with the globally accepted quality standards. The water well can serve a community of around 3,000 people and Water Hand Pump serves up to 200 people for 5-10 years.

​Construction of Latrines and Water Facilities in Schools: In highly under served and poor communities, we support the installation and maintenance of latrines and water facilities in schools since children are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of poor sanitary conditions and lack of hygiene. It is also an important factor in education, especially for girls, many of whom leave school after puberty due to the lack of latrines.

​WASH Education and Awareness: Establishment of WASH Committees at community level and their training orientation on WASH and better management of water facilities. We also facilitate the setting up of School Health Clubs and awareness raising events and campaigns, community education using electronic and print media, training and mobilization of health volunteers/workers.

Population(s) Served

Women and youth focused livelihood programs e.g. kitchen gardening, vocational training, and livestock – distribution of goats/sheep, chicken rearing, community education on livestock rearing hygiene etc.

Building the capacity of small farmers on modern practices for improved productivity and reduced harvest losses

​Improving small farmers’ access to good quality seeds, greener fertilizers and tools so farmers can grow more.

​Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLA) for promoting group savings and helping farmers’ access to capital, so they can expand their farms and buy equipment.

​Providing emergency food assistance to vulnerable families and malnourished so that they can survive and quickly bounce back in times of crisis.

​Community based nutrition programs for extremely poor and vulnerable communities including growth monitoring and promotion, breastfeeding and supplementary feeding, nutrition education/communications for behavior change and micro-nutrient supplementation (vitamin A, iron, iodine, other).

Population(s) Served

Awareness raising on women and girls rights, enrollment and capacity building of ‘Change Makers’ and mobilizing them for advocating the rights of women and girls including support for survivors of violence against women and girls (VAW&G).

Strengthening systems and coordination mechanisms for ensuring a safe and conducive environment for women and girls, and gender based violence (GBV) prevention and response.

Capacity building and networking of the key front-line institutions for coordinated and inclusive GBV prevention and response e.g. health, police, media, judiciary, departments of education, social welfare etc.

​Civil society strengthening for impact focus programming for gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls including alliance building with the key stakeholders and gender equality networks to multiply influence of GBV discourse.

Advocacy with the decision makers to constitute policies and implement programs that ensure better protection to at risk women, girls and their families.

Population(s) Served

Women, girls and children are at the heart of everything we do at Response USA, and our disaster preparedness and response programs in particular focus on their needs and rights, including protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. Our Disaster Response interventions include:

​Emergency Health: We provide lifesaving medicines, supplies, emergency healthcare services.

​Provision of food and non-food items e.g. clothing, bedding, blankets, kitchen items, hygiene kits and supplies.

​Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services and education.

​Temporary Shelter: provision of tents, tarps etc.

​Psycho-social Support: for children and women affected by disasters through individual and group therapy and culturally appropriate interventions.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Response USA is striving to achieve its vision of a peaceful, just and equitable world where everyone enjoys a life free of hunger, suffering and exploitation. Our programs are aimed at improving the quality of life of program participants by working with the marginalized and disadvantaged communities in remote and hard to reach regions of the world and help them find lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, poor health and powerlessness through participatory development.

Response USA program strategy is guided by the following three principles:

A. High quality and participatory programming that is well founded on our understanding and analysis of the key underlying causes of poverty, marginalization and social injustice

B. A long-term engagement with the poor and vulnerable communities for achieving a greater and lasting impact

C. Commitment to gender and diversity, as a key element to addressing discrimination in all its forms and manifestations. Through our emergency response and development programs, we serve our program participants regardless of their religion, race and nationality

Community participation is the cornerstone of Response USA’s people centered program approach, which strengthens the voice of the most vulnerable and powerless people.

The participatory approaches and mechanisms enable Response USA for Relief and Development to identify the extremely poor and vulnerable people, understand their problems and work with them to find sustainable solutions.

For achieving its vision and mission, Response USA is committed to foster meaningful relationships with all stakeholders – Governments, NGOs, UN bodies, private sector, research institutions and community groups/leaders.

Response USA for Relief and Development is a relatively new organization established by a group of dedicated professionals with decades of experience in the non-profit organizations management. The program portfolio of Response USA is based on a critical analysis of poverty, hunger, powerlessness and humanitarian situation and trends across the globe which makes it relevant to the countries and regions selected for our programs. Response USA's commitment to develop and nurture partnerships with organizations and entities in the non-profit, government, and private sectors offers a great opportunity for expanding its programmatic outreach and access to the resources available with a range of organizations and will help in achieving the aims and goals of the organization. Response USA is collaborating with a number of organizations, concerned citizens and activists who share and support its vision and mission. The organization is also being supported by a group of highly committed and skilled professionals with track record of developing, managing and implementing successful programs for development and humanitarian emergencies in the USA and overseas.

Response USA has successfully completed the registration requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Organization's Board of Director which currently has four members is expected to expand in the coming months with induction of a few new members, which will strengthen organization's commitment to the principles of transparency, accountability and diversity. Response USA has identified a number of partner organizations in Asia, Africa, Middle East and the United States of America through a comprehensive due diligence process, and partnership arrangements are being worked out. For raising awareness about its programs, Response USA has developed its website (https://www.rusard.org) and information is being disseminated through social media networks and communication channels. For mobilizing support for Response USA programs, recruitment of staff, interns and volunteers has been initiated. Response USA has joined or is in the process of securing membership of networks and alliances of civil society organizations in America and overseas. Response USA's funding base so far mainly comprises of donations from concerned individuals; however, efforts are being made to diversify our revenue streams by securing grants and in-kind donations from institutions - foundations, corporations, private sector and government.

Financials

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Response USA for Relief and Development

Board of directors
as of 7/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Arif Mehmood

Response USA for Relief and Development

Steven Botkin

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Rukhsana Ayyub

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Dr Malik Usman

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