Our History

International Relief Foundation (IRF) is the UK based not for profit organisation founded in 2011, designed to benefit the marginalised and most vulnerable people at home and abroad, by providing relief and assistance to people in need who are the victims of war, disaster, and the cycle of poverty.

We empower people in poverty to live with dignity, self-reliance and hope. We help vulnerable people to access basic services, including education, water and sanitation, as well as healthcare.

We provide lasting routes out of poverty through our sustainable livelihoods schemes, and our integrated approach to development is transforming communities worldwide.

The core areas of our work include 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 a sustainable livelihood. 

From this grassroots 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 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 a comprehensive wealth of skills and experience in supporting those most in need.

We have a presence 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 organisation 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 a 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 the 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 the South West State of Somalia and other INGOs and donors such us Caritas Somalia, Caritas Italiana, The Order of Malta, Perigeio, Intraide Internationale, Scouts de France and Umanitaria Padana.

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

Responding to Emergencies

Years of civil war, drought, famine, and regional conflict in Somalia caused a humanitarian catastrophe as tens of thousands of civilians were driven from their homes to the countryside, leaving them vulnerable and dangerous. We immediately provided Internally displaced people with urgently needed shelter, food and medical supplies to the worst affected areas. We implemented long-term projects, including school and health clinic, during the Eastern Horn of Africa drought.

Responding to Emergencies
2012

Maternal and Child Health clinic

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

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. We respond by distributing shelters, blankets, mosquito nets and food to over 22,400 Internally displaced people affected by drought, conflict, and hunger.

Somalia Droughts
2013

Ramadan Iftar Programme

Ramadan is a particular time of year 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, the most 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

Renovation of Brava Hospital

International Relief Foundation intervened and renovated the majority of sections of the Brava Hospital In June 2015.

Renovation of Brava Hospital
2016

Empowering Women in Somlia

International Relief Foundation has initiated and donated Sewing Machines and other Sewing materials to Banadir Mother and Orphans Organisation.

Empowering Women in Somlia