The mission of IEDA Relief is to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable people by tackling the underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient and achieve their full potential.
Our vision is to establish a stable environment with sustainable solutions that benefit the population in need. We empower communities to become self-sufficient and to decide how to improve and save lives while bringing about change that is culturally acceptable and building upon existing efforts and successes.
We are committed to working in the most difficult conditions to reach the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. We believe that investing in people and their abilities to support themselves and their families is critical to the long-term process of reducing poverty. We work to empower communities in conflict-torn and disaster-affected areas to save lives, sustain human dignity and restore healthy communities. We serve vulnerable people in need, regardless of their belief, culture, language, custom, sect, ethnicity and/or political affiliation.
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IEDA Relief was founded in 2008 by Mr. Phil Maanulwa, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mr. Noel Vayikerye, a Congolese citizen and Phil’s trusted friend. From the onset, Mr. Maanulwa and Mr. Vayikere believed in the objectives of IEDA Relief and worked diligently to allow the organization to come to existence. As a former refugee, Mr. Maanulwa had a first-hand understanding of the plight often endured by fleeing and resettled refugees. IEDA Relief was therefore initially created to alleviate the suffering of refugee populations.
IEDA Relief was registered with the State of Texas in March 2009, and obtained its 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption from the U.S. government in December 2010. After establishing its headquarters in the city of Houston, Texas, IEDA Relief launched its first operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country that had been experiencing humanitarian and refugee crises since 2006. Since then, IEDA Relief has grown and evolved in a number of remarkable ways:
- January: Launch of Haiti operations in response to a devastating 7.0 earthquake
- January: Launch of Liberia and Ivory Coast operations to respond to IDP and refugee crises resulting from the outbreak of post-electoral violence in Ivory Coast
- February: Launch of Niger operations in response to refugees fleeing conflict in northern Mali
- July: Launch of Burkina Faso operations in response to refugees fleeing continued conflict and unrest in northern Mali
- February: Launch of Mali operations to assist IDP victims and monitor areas affected by 2012 conflict
- June: Launch of US programs to help refugees, new immigrants and other indigent communities in and around Houston
- November: Launch of Philippines operations in response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan
- December: Liberia and Ivory Coast offices officially closed following program conclusion
- January: IEDA Relief’s regional office for Central and West Africa opens in Dakar, Senegal
- April: IEDA Relief opens its second US office in Arlington, VA
- July: Launch of operations in Central African Republic (CAR) in response to IDP crisis caused by armed conflict in major cities
- August: Launch of Cameroon operations to assist refugees fleeing various armed conflicts in neighboring CAR and Nigeria
- April: Launch of Immigration Legal Assistance Program in Houston HQ