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On the evening of Saturday, April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the coastal region of Ecuador - the nation's worst tragedy in 70 years. More than 650 people were killed, about 7,000 were injured, and 150,000 children were affected. We partnered with MAP International and sent critical medicines, containing mostly antibiotics, totaling $1.4 million to the hardest-hit areas of the quake. A... more
In Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, 60% of the population lives in poverty. Poverty and inequality, and the weakness of the healthcare system, present significant challenges to improving the health status of Hondurans, especially the most vulnerable: women, newborns, and children under five years old. Over the last decade, we have sent more than $102 million in... more
We are committed to helping vulnerable and marginalized children have a chance at a successful future. We provide monthly support to Kid’s Kingdom, an orphanage in Baja California that provides food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, and vocational training to 40 abandoned children between the ages of 3 and 21.Our support ensures that the children’s daily nutritional and educational... more
Many residents of San Diego’s sister city, Tijuana, live in poverty, without access to adequate food, shelter, medical care or educational opportunities. We are committed to helping our neighbors across the border. Since April 2016, we have partnered with Project Mercy, by sending volunteer teams to change the lives of poor families by building homes and bringing stability and safety. We build... more
Project “Healthy Baby” saves babies’ lives. We have been conducting this nationwide medical training program in Vietnam since 2008. Project “Healthy Baby” trains “trainers” in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) & Infant Stabilization (S.T.A.B.L.E.), both of which target the critical neonatal period—the first 28 days of life—when most infant deaths take place. Working closely our partner Project... more
Did you know? The 2016 flood in Louisiana was the worst natural disaster to hit the US since Superstorm Sandy. The floods were caused by unprecedented levels of rainfall which the National Weather Service called a "1-in-1,000-year event" and destroyed or damaged more than 140,000 homes, business, and schools.  Many victims are very poor families and most do not... more
Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, sustained wind speeds up to 140 miles per hour and inflicted major damage in the impoverished country of Haiti in early October 2016. The hurricane wiped out entire villages, crops, and livestock leaving an estimated 1.4 million people, 40% of whom are children, in need of humanitarian assistance. It is estimated the storm killed over 1,600 people and caused... more
Kids who are hungry do not learn well.  IRT’s “Feeding San Diego’s Kids” is a weekend food assistance program for schoolchildren who have been identified as homeless. With more than 15,000 homeless children in San Diego, our goal is to pick up where the school lunch program leaves off by providing a consistent source of nutritious food for Saturday and Sunday.   
Due to lack of access to eye care, many of our neighbors in Tijuana, especially the poorest, suffer unnecessarily from bad vision, making it impossible for them to read, to learn, and to provide for their families. Through the “Better Vision –Brighter Future” program, we partner with the Rotary Club of Ensenada to provide eyeglasses to residents of Baja California.
Over the last decade, Kenya has made great strides in improving the quality of healthcare and the health status of its citizens. But the healthcare system remains weak, particularly in rural areas where 80 percent of the population lives. Maternal and child mortality, undernutrition, and HIV and other infectious disease continue to pose serious problems. In August 2015, we sent $ 417,718 in... more
Niger is one of the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Over forty percent of children under five are chronically malnourished, and lack of access to quality health care is a particularly pressing problem in rural areas, where the majority of people live. Since  2012, we have provided Kirker Hospital in Niger with more than $45 million in urgently needed medicines to serve the poorest... more
Hurricane Patricia made landfall on Mexico's central Pacific coast on October 23, 2015, packing winds of 165 mph. The people of Puerto Vallarta, the city initially thought to be the target, were spared, while poorer towns and villages further south were hit with record-setting rainfall and flooding. Families in these already vulnerable fishing and farming communities sustained... more
On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy hit the coast of New York and New Jersey and killed 71 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and left millions without electricity. Rebuilding after a disaster is a long process, and we have been there since the beginning on the Jersey shore, helping elderly, disabled, and low-income families get back on their feet and back in their homes. Our... more
Since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, millions of Syrian families have been displaced from their homes. In 2017, nearly five million refugees have flooded into neighboring Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, often arriving weak and hungry, with nothing more than the clothes on their back. Working with our onsite partner, Concern Worldwide, we provided more than 4,000 families with winter supplies,... more
In partnership with multiple local organizations, we provide support and sponsor a San Diego military family appreciation fair for new military families. Military families must often move from city to city and this fair allows families to learn about their new community and meet other families. Last year, over 1,000 people attending the fair and over 50 community agencies were on hand to... more