NGO Partners

RIJ funds a variety of organisations around the world as well as collaborating with partners to exchange information and bring people together to ensure effective support and avoid duplication.

Foundation for International Collaboration
FIC has an extensive list of partners working in the area of peace and reconciliation.

Please find below brief descriptions of and links to the websites of the NGO partners that RIJ has worked with to fund and implement refugee projects around the world.

Association for Aid and Relief

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR JAPAN) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) aiming to provide emergency assistance, assistance to people with disabilities, and mine action, among other operations.
It was established in 1979 as an organization with no political, ideological, or religious affiliation. AAR currently has offices in eight countries.

Austcare (now ActionAid Australia)

AUSTCARE’s mission is to assist refugees overseas, displaced people and those affected by landmines to rebuild their lives through the expert delivery of development programs in partnership with local communities and other agencies.

Bienvenue Shelter, Johannesburg, South Africa

Bienvenue Shelter was established in 2001 in a suburb of Johannesburg as a refuge for Women and Children refugees. The shelter provides accommodation and nutrition support while providing residents with skills to prepare them for eventual return to their countries. The Center runs a crèche for residents’ children and children from the community. This gives the children an opportunity to integrate into the community and allows the mothers time to attend training classes and to search for work.

Caritas Nairobi

Caritas Nairobi is the aid and development department of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi. It was established in 1973. Caritas Nairobi coordinates programmes and provides health, social and development services to the Kiambu and Nairobi counties, with a population 4.7 million.

Christian Blind Mission (CBM)

CBM’s aim is to serve persons with visual impairment as well as people with other disabilities in developing countries. The history of CBM goes back to 1908. CBM’s fields of work cover not only the prevention and cure of blindness, but also the education and rehabilitation of people with physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities.

Christian Children’s Fund

Christian Children’s Fund (CCF) is committed to accountability to both the children they serve and their donors. In fiscal year 2007, more than 82 percent of CCF’s revenue was used for services and programs benefiting children. As a non-profit, CCF are dependent on resources voluntarily provided to assist children in need.
CCF has been working in Uganda since 1980 and currently assists approximately 784,000 children and family members.

Concern Universal      

Concern Universal (CU) works in partnership to challenge poverty and inequality. Their concept is  to play a major part in the global movement challenging poverty and inequality.
Concern Universal has been active in West Africa since 1992, working in partnership with development organisations to have a positive impact in the lives of people in poor communities.

Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education

DARE Network offers a variety of programs such as Community-based Addiction Treatment, Gender and Family Programs, Relapse Prevention Programs, Substance Abuse Education, Prevention Programs and Training Programs. Drug addiction treatment by DARE network is community and culturally based and is dedicated to people residing inside refugee camps on the Thailand/Burma border. The teams train Addiction Workers, Community Addiction Workers and DARE Teams in the community to create a sustainable anti-drug community environment for residents.

EarthRights International (ERI)

ERI is a nonprofit group of activists, organizers, and lawyers with expertise in human rights, the environment, and corporate and government accountability. ERI documents human rights and environmental abuses and publicizes earth rights abuses. ERI litigates in U.S. courts, teaches people about their earth rights and remedies, trains villagers and refugee women to testify at e.g. the UN and runs the EarthRights Schools for activists.

Enfants Réfugiés du Monde – Pays de la Loire (ERM-PdL)

Founded in 1981 ERM aims at helping refugee and IDP children globally through health care and education, and especially supporting them psycho-socially.
ERM PDL has as its priority to help children who are suffering as a consequence of conflicts (refugee camps) and who are forced to exile. The objective is to help children assemble themselves through play.

Helpage International

Helpage International’s vision is of a world in which all older people can lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives.

They work with partners to ensure that people everywhere understand how much older people contribute to society and that they must enjoy their right to healthcare, social services and economic and physical security.

International Rescue Committee

IRC is a critical global network of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, healthcare providers, educators, community leaders, activists, and volunteers providing access to safety, sanctuary, and sustainable change for millions of people whose lives have been shattered by violence and oppression. Founded in 1933, the IRC concentrates on emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy.

Japan International Volunteer Center

Japan International Volunteer Center, (JVC) was established in 1980. Since then JVC has built up experience in supporting people in over 20 countries.  JVC strives for a "truly effective project." They implement activities meeting local needs and situations with an eye towards the future of people and community. They are striving for a peaceful, self-sustainable society.


JEN works towards restoring self-supporting livelihoods both economically and mentally to people who have been hit by hardship as a result of conflicts and disasters. JEN does so promptly, precisely, and flexibly by fully utilizing local human and material resources, considering this the most promising way to revitalize the society.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)

Founded in November 1980, the JRS is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS programs are found in over 50 countries, providing assistance to refugees in refugee camps, IDPs, asylum seekers and those held in detention. The main areas of work are in the field of Education, Advocacy, Emergency Assistance, Health and Nutrition, Income Generating Activities and Social Services.

Karen Women’s Organization

The Karen Women’s Organisation was formed in 1949 and has a membership of over 30,000 women. KWO is a community-based organisation of Karen women working in development and relief in the refugee camps on the Thai border and with IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and women inside Burma. Since their formation in 1949 they have expanded their focus from one of purely social welfare to encouraging an awareness of Women’s Rights and promoting women’s participation in the community decision making and political processes.

Karen Youth Organization

The KYO (Karen Youth Organization) was re-formed on 23rd May 1989 to respond to the real needs of young Karen people in the Karen community. For many years the KYO has performed valuable work on behalf of the Karen community, helping young Karen to develop their potential to work in and on behalf of the Karen community.

Karenni Further Studies Program

KnFSP’s mission is to provide access to a safe and enabling learning environment for displaced Karenni youth so they can assist in community building wherever they may be.

Lutheran World Federation, Department for World Service

The Department for World Service (DWS) is the internationally recognized humanitarian and development agency of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) working with marginalized and disadvantaged communities in the areas of greatest vulnerability and endemic need.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps believe secure, productive and just societies emerge when the private, public, and civil society sectors are able to interact with accountability, inclusive participation and mechanisms for peaceful change.

Mon National Education Committee, Burma 

The New Mon State Party established the Mon National Education Committee in its areas of control inside Mon territory. The committee released a white paper on “Education Policy ” in 1974, 1979 and 1984 to develop education and the rights of children in the region.

M-Proj Uganda

M-Proj Uganda works to support the empowerment of individuals and families living in IDP camps, by supporting resettlement programmes, medical outreach clinics, health education, advocacy works for welfare and human rights of the IDPs.

Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD)

PARD is a non-profit NGO registered in Lebanon. It is committed to humanitarian work and the delivery of practical, meaningful services in the fields of health and welfare.  PARD provides public health services to hundreds of displaced Lebanese and Palestinian people in Beirut and the South of Lebanon. Their primary areas of focus are mother/child health, primary health care, sanitation and public education. PARD was issued registration in April of 1999.

Right to Play

Right To Play (RTP) uses specially-designed sport and play programs to improve health, build life skills, and foster peace for children and communities affected by war, poverty, disease. Working in both the humanitarian and development contexts, Right To Play has projects in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Shanti Volunteer Association

Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) stands for people oppressed by poverty, war, strife, environmental destruction or disaster and wishes to realize a society at peace (shanti) where the people of the world are able to “live together and learn together”.

Social Development Center, Thailand

The Social Development Centre was set up by a graduate from the Earthrights International School with funds from the alumni program funded by RIJ. The purpose of the Centre is to encourage victims of human rights abuses to build a new society that values human dignity and the environment.

Together for Sudan

Together for Sudan (TFS) regards education in Sudan as a human right and promotes personal and community empowerment through service, taking their lead from what displaced and marginalized people say they need.  TFS believes that education of women is the central building block of civil society.  They draw no religious or cultural boundaries, following the example of Sudanese Christians and Muslims working together to ensure a better future for those whose lives have been shattered by war and displacement in Sudan.

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA) was created in 1984 as the overseas aid agency of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA was established to contribute directly to countries and regions of the world where men and women workers are disadvantaged through poverty, a lack of workplace, denial of labour and human rights, civil conflict and war.
Union Aid Abroad is committed to justice and solidarity and to self reliance, not charity. It builds self-reliance through support to educational and training projects for workers and their organisatons in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Southern Africa and the Caribbean.

Women’s Humanitarian Organisation (PWHO)

WHO in Lebanon is a NGO working primarily in the fields of community development and health through local project implementation and training, with children/handicapped and women/elderly as target groups. Workers are mostly members of the communities they serve and WHO welcomes the community to come and discuss problems, and the social workers, trainers and employees conduct regular home visits to assist in the activities, for needs assessment and to provide information about new programs and activities.

Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment

Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE) was founded in 1990, with the purpose of empowering indigenous women and supporting their needs and basic human rights. The organization has evolved over the years, especially following the influx of refugees from Burma.
In 1994, WEAVE developed a partnership with refugee women’s organizations. This led to changes in their mission to reflect the organization’s new thrust and direction.

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people.
We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.