Since 2008, IEDA Relief has been designing and implementing humanitarian aid and sustainable development solutions that allow individuals and communities to become self-sufficient.
When managing a displaced population living in a camp, humanitarian organizations must provide access to a variety of rights and services for the camp population. In a camp management/ camp coordination (CCCM) role, IEDA Relief is responsible for coordinating the humanitarian actors that provide various forms of assistance in a camp, taking a holistic approach to address gaps and prevent duplicate efforts. As part of CCCM, IEDA Relief maintains close relationships with the service providers in the camp as well as with elected representatives of the camp population to identify concerns and ensure that services effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the population. IEDA Relief also facilitates information sharing among humanitarian partners in the camp and with coordinating UN agencies.
Shelter & Infrastructural Rehabilitation
A shelter is one of the most basic and prevalent needs for health, security and dignity in the wake of conflict or natural disasters. In international operations, IEDA Relief assesses shelter needs and provides families with temporary or semi-permanent solutions that give residents a sense of security after fleeing their homes. With help from other humanitarian partners, IEDA Relief also provides non-food items (NFIs) such as clothing, bedding and cooking sets to ensure more than just a roof overhead. Constructing and/or rebuilding infrastructure is key to providing sustainable solutions for displaced populations. Internationally, IEDA Relief often carries out infrastructure projects that facilitate access to disadvantaged populations, such as the opening or reopening of rural roads. In camps, IEDA Relief constructs and maintains community structures for food distribution, community gatherings, and the storage of materials. When the crisis has subsided, we also assist returnees and other vulnerable households with the reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of homes and public institutions (e.g. schools and hospitals) that were damaged or destroyed by conflict or natural disasters.
Health & Community Services
IEDA Relief aims to ensure that people have access to adequate and appropriate health care and nutrition that allows them to live healthy lives as refugees and asylum seekers integrate into the Houston community.
Overseas, displaced populations and refugees are often vulnerable to an array of health risk factors while living in camps or residing with host communities. IEDA Relief works to mitigate these vulnerabilities by offering a variety of services to prevent and treat illness and disease, combat malnutrition, facilitate access to health services, and mobilize the community to promote healthy and hygienic behaviors.
Protecting the safety, security, rights, and freedoms of the populations that IEDA Relief serves is of the utmost importance, especially considering the protection-related risks associated with conflict and natural disasters. In partnership with governments, UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations, IEDA Relief provide programs that monitor and address protection issues for vulnerable groups and individuals. Examples of such activities include monitoring post-conflict communities and border crossings for human rights violations and gaps in basic services, reporting findings to relevant humanitarian partners or coordinating agencies, and referring victims to the appropriate agencies for treatment. IEDA Relief is also proactive in identifying vulnerable groups and individuals– such as children, pregnant women, the elderly, the disabled, and minorities at risk – and manages a variety of community service programs that address their unique needs in the wake of a crisis.
Education & Vocational Training
In Houston, IEDA Relief has established an adult education program that offers free English as a second language (ESL) classes for refugees, asylum seekers, new immigrants and other Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations. Courses are developed in partnership with other adult literacy agencies and designed to address different proficiency levels. IEDA Relief’s Houston programs are constantly expanding and will soon include computer literacy, financial literacy, citizenship, driver’s education and other courses that can further increase and facilitate self-sufficiency.
Overseas, IEDA Relief often leads programs focusing on literacy and skills training for youth and adults within displaced populations and their host communities. This training allows beneficiaries to access livelihoods opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them, and succeed in sustaining and expanding their own income-generating activities. Additionally, IEDA Relief often facilitates access to education as a camp management agency, working with responsible humanitarian actors to negotiate access to local schools for children residing in camps or to build schools inside camp premises.
Food Security & Livelihoods
In Houston, IEDA Relief places a top priority on ensuring that vulnerable populations and the communities that host them have sustainable access to appropriate, nutritious food as well as opportunities for growth and autonomy. In addition to capacity-building programs, IEDA Relief hosts job fairs to allow for refugees and immigrants to find meaningful jobs in the Houston area.
Around the world, IEDA Relief promotes and facilitates short- and long-term food security through a variety of programs. These range from the direct distribution of food aid and nutritional supplements in refugee camps, to mobilizing and training communities to make efficient use of available environmental resources to achieve optimal outcomes in agricultural production, livestock management, and other food-related activities. In addition, IEDA Relief conducts capacity-building programs that train and equip individuals to carry out income-generating activities, boosting their purchasing power and helping to mitigate the risk of food insecurity.
Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene
Sufficient water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and facilities are essential for people’s health and survival, particularly for displaced populations and the communities that host them. In IEDA Relief’s international operations, our WASH programs ensure that these groups have access to adequate potable water, latrines and washing facilities. IEDA Relief also mobilizes the community to raise awareness about effective sanitation and hygiene practices that help prevent illnesses and epidemics, and to make sure the community adopts these practices.
Legal Assistance and Advocacy
In Houston, IEDA Relief’s provides quality, affordable legal assistance for clients regarding immigration and other legal issues. Led by IEDA Relief’s own BIA-accredited representative, the program provides service both in-house and through external partnerships with attorneys, university clinics local organizations. In its international programs, IEDA Relief promotes legal rights of displaced populations and vulnerable host communities and facilitates access to legal services. Examples of such activities include providing guidance regarding the judicial process to victims of human rights violations, and ensuring that displaced individuals receive proper documentation of their legal status (e.g. birth certificates, refugee identification) to help them access basic services.
Guided by our mission and accumulated experience as a humanitarian actor, IEDA Relief works to inform and educate the United States public about the plight of refugees, returnees, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and to advocate for the rights of all humans through awareness events as well as our on-campus IEDA Relief Ambassadors Program.
Overseas, IEDA Relief regularly joins our partners to advocate for the rights and well-being of refugees, returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the communities that host them around the world. We also strongly advocate for the continued education of young girls and the plight of child marriage.