Life for Relief and Development (LIFE)

ECOSOC Status: None
Type: NGO working on Drugs
Address: LIFE Iraq
Hay Aljamiah,
Town (Mahallah) 635
Road (Zuqaq) 37, House (Dar) 15
Baghdad
Iraq
Country: Iraq
Region: Middle East and Northern Africa
Website: http://www.lifeusa.org/
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Life for Relief and Development is a non-profit humanitarian charity founded in 1992 by concerned Arab and Muslim American professionals in response to the humanitarian crises that developed in Iraq as a result of the 1991 Gulf War.


Today, Life for Relief and Development has become the largest U.S.-founded Muslim American humanitarian relief and development organization. Life is devoted to providing humanitarian aid to people regardless of race, color, religion and cultural background with an annual budget of about $20 million. Life is in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Counsel of the United Nations. It is also a member of InterAction, the largest alliance of US based international development and humanitarian non-governmental organization and is CFC certified. Life is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.


Due to the great generosity of donors, Life has been able to distribute over $130 million of humanitarian assistance items and in the process, kindly touched more than 20 million lives. Life works diligently to help the poor and needy in a number of countries such as Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Palestinian Territories (through our office in Israel), Jordan, and Sierra Leone (in West Africa), as well as others. When natural disasters occur here or around the world, Life rushes to answer the call of humanitarian duty, and provide emergency food, water, medical aid, and temporary shelter.


In addition to Life’s emergency relief efforts which address immediate needs during crises, it is also has a number of long term programs it implements throughout the year, including: Building and maintaining medical clinics, providing medicines and medical equipment to hospitals and clinics, providing wheelchairs and other equipment for the handicap, building and repairing water purification plants, digging water wells, building and repairing schools, as well as providing educational books to schools, colleges, and universities. Some of our programs include running low cost medical clinics in poor neighborhoods in Iraq and providing educational books and material to Native American schools in various states.


LIFE has established partnerships with many international NGO’s including UNDP, UNICEF, Brother’s Brother Foundation, AmeriCares, Veterans For Peace, American Friend’s Service Committee (AFSC), the Wheelchair Foundation, Feed the Children, Qatar Charity, and Mohammad Bin Rashid Charity, as well as many others. LIFE is also a member of the American Council for Voluntary International Action (InterAction), which is the largest alliance of American international NGO’s.


LIFE looks forward to expanding its partnerships with other NGOs in the effort to provide more efficient and sustainable human development programs.
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