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Life For Relief and Development, Inc.

Where there is LIFE there is hope

aka Life   |   Southfield, MI   |  www.lifeusa.org

Mission

Life for Relief and Development's mission is deeply rooted in the belief that saving lives should be a priority of all mankind. For this reason, Life is dedicated to alleviating human suffering regardless of race, color, religion, or cultural background. In response to poverty, famine, social and economic turmoil, natural disasters, war, and other catastrophes, Life works to provide assistance to people across the globe by offering humanitarian services such as food, water, and temporary shelter as well as healthcare and education.

Ruling year info

1993

CEO

Dr. Hany Saqr

Main address

17300 W 10 Mile Rd

Southfield, MI 48075 USA

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Formerly known as

International Relief Association

EIN

95-4402149

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Life works to alleviate human suffering regardless of race, color, religion, or cultural background and to aid in the eradication of poverty, famine, social and economic turmoil. To assist the survivors of natural disasters, war, and other catastrophes and provide assistance to people across the globe by offering humanitarian services such as food, water, shelter as well as healthcare and education.

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?

Food Security

Life provides food resources to families including widows, refugees and the displaced struggling to survive in over 25 countries on an ongoing basis and during times of emergency, disaster and conflict.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

The establishment of educational institutions in developing countries such as Iraq and Africa gives hope for a future that otherwise may not have been possible. The numbers of children who benefit from safe, child-friendly spaces to learn, play and grow are many. Life works to rebuild and establish schools while also distributing books, educational materials and equipment, and uniforms to for students and teachers in many countries. Life constructs schools in Iraq and in several African countries and provides books and educational materials to teachers and students in Native American and non-profit schools and colleges in several states in the US and other countries.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Emergencies come in many forms, mostly from natural disasters and war. The emergency fund allows Life a unique advantage. Response time is a major factor in the overall impact of any particular emergency. It is very difficult on the victims of an emergency. Many face a difficult road ahead, lost everything including the sense of security, family, job, food, and basic living essentials. This is the reality for many people in places like Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, The Horn of Africa, Haiti, and even in the USA.
When emergencies strike, Life works quickly and efficiently to respond by providing food, water, medicine, and shelter. Life’s emergency response team works vigorously to improve the lives of the people who are suffering. As a non-profit humanitarian organization, we work to prepare before hand, so those who end up suffering during any emergency receives aid immediately

Population(s) Served
Families
Unemployed people

. Life is aware of the present and looming threats to human health and safety. We work around the clock to actively distribute medicine, medical supplies, and medical equipment, as well as build and renovate clinics and hospitals. Life constructed, three new medical clinics to provide affordable health services to the communities of Ramadi, Ishaki and Diyalah in Iraq. Two state-of-the-art medical facilities were also built in the Palestinian cities of Jaba and Jabalia. Life continues to deliver several containers of medical supplies to local hospitals, medical centers, and clinics in Iraq, Yemen and Somalia.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

During Ramadan Life distributes food baskets and hosts iftar meals for poor, refugee and displaced families to help break their daily fast and provides freshly sacrificed meat during Eid al Adha.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Provides poor, refugee and displaced families with food, clothing, and school expenses for children, depending on the individual family needs on a monthly basis in many countries.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Children and youth

Life constructs water wells in Ghana, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Pakistan. Life also installs water holding tanks in homes and small businesses in Palestine and water cooler/filtration units in Iraqi schools.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

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.

Life's goals are to alleviate human suffering regardless of race, color, religion, or cultural background and to aid in the eradication of poverty, famine, social and economic turmoil. To assist the survivors of natural disasters, war, and other catastrophes and provide assistance to people across the globe by offering humanitarian services such as food, water, shelter as well as healthcare and education.

Life has field offices in 8 countries and works with trusted and vetted partner agencies in various countries around the world to implement its humanitarian programs. Life sends containers filled with wheelchairs, assistive devices for the disabled, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies to individual hospitals, clinics, and hospital distribution systems in many countries. These donated items are supplied by generous US based organizations. In an effort to expand its outreach Life hosts teams of audiologists to fit hearing aids into poor hearing impaired displaced and refugee children living in camps in Jordan and the West Bank. Life also rebuilds and newly constructs clinics and hospitals in many countries.

Life promotes literacy through the distribution of books to colleges, universities, primary and secondary schools, donates classroom furniture to schools in need, gives orphans and poor school children uniforms, shoes, and school bags filled with stationary, pens, and other educational items through its back to school program to faith-based and charter schools and Native American schools and libraries throughout the US.

Life's emergency response team provides emergency food, clean water, bedding and blankets, hygiene kits, first aid kits, medicines, medical supplies and equipment, wheelchairs and psychological treatment for children and parents affected by war and natural disasters.

Life builds community centers where community members can gather for social events as well as funds small human development projects in Africa for poor families to enable them to start their own businesses and support their families and provides vegetable seeds to poor farmers.

Life's orphan sponsorship program provides food, shelter, education and healthcare to over 4,550 orphans in Afghanistan, Ghana, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and Syria.

Life constructs water wells in Ghana, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kyrgyzstan. Life also installs water holding tanks in homes and small businesses in Palestine and water cooler/filtration units in Iraqi schools.

Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Life for Relief and Development is among the largest and oldest U.S.-founded Arab American humanitarian relief and development organization in the United States. Life is dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to people regardless of race, gender, religion and cultural background. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, 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.

Over the past 25 years, Life has been able to distribute aid and relief to over 45 countries. 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 strike, Life rushes to answer the call of help, and provides basic humanitarian assistance.

Life has knowledgeable program administrators averaging more than ten years of experience with Life. Board members have backgrounds in a variety of fields including medicine, education, engineering, business and finance. Life's excellent reputation for low expense ratio and its compliance program inspires confidence in donors, assuring them that their resources, both in-kind and financial, are being used wisely. The Better Business Bureau continues to give Life its seal of approval.

Life's progress is shown by its growth in establishing and sustaining its operations in 8 countries for over 10 years. Also by forming long term partnerships with international organizations working in countries where the needs of the people are great and Life is a viable funding partner in sustainable development projects for communities in need. Life continues to identify new domestic and international partners, to work toward increased levels of efficiency, consistency and quality in the donation process. Life receives numerous acknowledgement letters from grateful recipients attesting to the improvement in their lives, the lives of their patients served in hospitals and clinics where Life distributes aid and education made possible by Life's donations and work in the schools in their regions.

Financials

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Life For Relief and Development, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/03/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Abdulwahab Asamarai

Michael Salloum

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/3/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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