Our History

International Relief Foundation 

IRF is a UK based NGO established in 2011 with its head office in London which operates in some of the world’s most vulnerable places, by providing relief and assistance of people in need in any part of the world who are the victims of war or natural disaster, trouble or catastrophe in particular by the supply of medical and educational aid to such persons.  It was founded to tackle the devastating effects of the 2011/12 famine that blighted the Horn of Africa and affected almost 13 million people.  Helping the poor and those who are suffering to enjoy self-reliance, with dignity.

The core areas of our work includes community, economic development, emergency relief, education, food distribution, health and nutrition water supply, sanitation, conflict transformation, capacity building and creation of vocational training that can lead to sustainable livelihood.  From this grass roots movement and since we started these efforts, we have helped thousands of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and we have been able to expand our work on to a global level by working closely with our partners and offices on the ground. We were able to distribute aid in an effective, efficient, transparent, wholly accountable manner and to make a lasting difference to the communities we work with.

Over the years, we have built up a network of international offices and local experts and have comprehensive a wealth of skills and experience in supporting those most in need.

We have presence and been operating in Somalia since was established in 2011 many populations in the region remain in need of humanitarian assistance and we have become a beacon organisations among many Somalis, many of whom feel that they have been widely forgotten by the Somali authorities and international community.  In just a short time, we have had significant impact. To date, IRF Somalia has reached many people affected by drought, famine and armed conflict. Areas of intervention include IDPs camps in Mogadishu, Afgoye and the rest of South West region and closed villages and the towns of Baidoa, Bakool, Berdaalle, Brava, Merca and rural villages along Shabelle River.

As a result, IRF has acquired extensive experience across Somalia and garnered widespread respect. It has been acknowledged, recognised and praised by the Somali federal government and South West State of Somalia and others INGOs and donors such us Caritas Somalia, Caritas Italiana, The Order of Malta, Perigeio, Intraide Internationale, Scouts de France, Umanitaria Padana and AVSI.

International Relief Foundation Timeline

2011

A new charity is born!

International Relief Foundation was born in London. We headed out to Somalia with emergency aid and launched our first education project for the most disadvantaged communities and orphanage.

A new charity is born!
2012

Emergency Relief in Somalia

Years of civil war and regional conflict caused a humanitarian catastrophe as tens of thousands of civilians were driven from their homes to the countryside, leaving them vulnerable and in danger. IRF UK and Somalia immediately provided refugee camps with urgently needed shelter, food and medical supplies, to the worst-affected areas as well as implementing long-term projects including school, health clinic during the Eastern Horn of Africa drought.

Emergency Relief in Somalia
2012

Maternal and Child Health clinic

We established Maternal and Child Health clinic (MCH) providing mothers and infants with the care they need to survive in Mogadishu, Banair Region.

Maternal and Child Health clinic
2013

Somalia Droughts

This year another drought hit Somalia. Years of civil war and conflict left millions of Somali families in need of aid to survive. IRF responds by distributing shelter and food to over 2800 people affected by drought, conflict and hunger as well as constructing and rehabilitating Duksi/Madrasa cultural early childhood education to provide hundreds of children to access to cultural education in different refugee camps in Mogadishu.

Somalia Droughts
2013

Ramadan Iftar Programme

Ramadan is a special time of year a time when Muslims around the world take a step back from their daily routines and focus on community, charity, fasting and prayer. we distributed food packs for Iftar to more than 3000 people thevmost disadvantage families in Mogadishu and Brava Somalia.

Ramadan Iftar Programme
2014

Emergency Relief in Somalia

IRF has delivered 1000 blankets to Baidoa Mental Hospital and also distributed the Blankets to the deprived communities in Mogadishu.

Emergency Relief in Somalia
2015

Restoration of Merka Hospital Somalia

International Relief Foundation intervened and rehabilitated the majority sections of the Hospital. In June 2015, major restoration of Marka general hospital was completed.

Restoration of Merka Hospital Somalia
2015

Emergency Nutrition Packets in Somalia

International Relief Foundation is reaching the hardest hit towns and providing starving children with supply of nutritional packets. Filled with a peanut-butter like paste, each packet gives a malnourished child the nutrition and vitamins they need to survive.

Emergency Nutrition Packets in Somalia
2016

Restoration of Brava Hospital Somalia

International Relief Foundation intervened and rehabilitated the majority sections of the Hospital. In June 2015, major restoration of Marka general hospital was completed.

Restoration of Brava Hospital Somalia
2016

Empowering Women

International Relief Foundation has initiated and donated in 2016, Sewing Machine and other Sewing materials to Banadir Mother and Orphans Organisation. Each woman was equipped with a free sewing machine so she could earn a regular income.

Empowering Women