Our History

Serving Humanity, Saving Lives and Rebuilding Communities.

International Relief Foundation (IRF) is a registered charity diaspora led organization in the United Kingdom established in 2011.

Working for social good whose primary aims are providing relief and assistance to people in need in any part of the world and supporting individuals and communities suffering from prolonged periods of violence, war and catastrophe.

It was founded in response to a devastating drought and widespread famine in Somalia that killed 260,000 people and affected more than 13 million people across the Horn of Africa.
IRF is designed to benefit the marginalized, minority and most vulnerable people in need in any part of the world who are victims of war, natural disaster, or catastrophe by supplying them with humanitarian aid.

We empower people in poverty to live with dignity, self-reliance and hope. We promote social inclusion in the UK for socially excluded people based on their ethnic origins due to race, religion, belief or creed.

We help the disadvantaged, marginalized, and the most vulnerable people access basic services, including education, healthcare, and livelihood.

In 2008 we started a project related to education, health and nutrition in Mogadishu, some of the most disadvantaged communities, including orphans. The aim was to help these communities affected by ongoing civil war and tribal conflicts to access primary quality education and minimum health services.

Since the 2011s, we have supported most vulnerable communities, including refugees and internally displaced persons across Somalia, through humanitarian response activities such as food aid, shelter, education, healthcare and clean water.

We did projects favouring those displaced by conflicts and drought in some of the many camps in Mogadishu. These projects included food and NFI distribution such as blankets, shelter (tarpaulin), and mosquito nets. We also established a health centre.

We have also reached many people affected by drought, famine and armed conflict. Areas of intervention include IDP camps in Mogadishu, Afgoye Jowhar and the rest of the Southern regions and closed villages, including Baidoa, Berdaalle, Brava, Marka and rural villages along Shabelle River.

We have become a beacon organization among many Somalis, many of whom feel that the Somali authorities and international community have widely forgotten them.

We are proud to be one of the few charities that have established a team directly within southern Somalia, an inaccessible territory for many. We work year-round to assist the most vulnerable communities within the area.

Since our beginning, we have endeavoured to reach as many underprivileged and vulnerable people as possible. As the state of the world sadly worsened, we responded by reaching out and offering relief during the most challenging emergencies.

Today, we continue our life-saving work worldwide to improve the quality of life of some of the most abandoned nations in the world.
We constantly seek to explore new countries to extend our relief efforts and maximize our assistance. We hope the alleviate as much needless suffering in the world as possible.

Our Mission

Our mission is poverty alleviation among vulnerable members globally and to develop healthy and sustainable communities and achieve lasting improvement in the quality of life of all people.

Our Vision

It envisions a world in which every man, woman and child can enjoy an empowered life with security, dignity and equal opportunities. The basic requirements of all people are fulfilled.

Our Work

Our projects range from emergency disaster relief to clean water, emergency medical aid, nutrition, education, healthcare and livelihood services, and more.

We have accomplished so much thanks to our generous donors helping millions of needy people worldwide in the last ten years. We are proud to share some of these achievements with you.

The History of International Relief Foundation

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 orphanages.


Emergency Relief Response

We provided food, medicine, and shelter to 600 internally displaced families affected by drought living in Mogadishu camps.


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.


Emergency Relief Response

This year another drought-hit Somalia. We respond by distributing food, shelter, blankets and mosquito nets to 22,400 Internally displaced people affected by drought, conflict, and hunger.


Ramadan Iftar Programme

We distributed food packs for Iftar to more than 3000 people, the most disadvantaged families in Mogadishu, Marka and Brava of Somalia.


Emergency Response

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


Renovation of Marka Hospital

We intervened and rehabilitated the majority of sections of the Hospital. In June 2015, significant restoration of Marka general hospital was completed.


Renovation of Marka Hospital

International Relief Foundation intervened and renovated the majority of sections of the Brava Hospital In 2016.


Empowering Women in Somlia

We initiated and donated Sewing Machines and other Sewing materials to Banadir Mother and Orphans Organisation.