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Hunger Relief International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, International, International Relief, Nutrition

Mission: Hunger Relief International (HRI) is a Christian relief and development organization working in partnership with local communities to alleviate the impact of hunger on the lives of malnourished children and their families as a first step in a long-term strategy to achieve family and community self-sufficiency.

Results: Over 7 million meals to vulnerable children. 120 safe, energy efficient cookstoves. 40 organic home gardens. Over 100 topical health and empowerment trainings. Thousands of children and their families served by health clinics. And much more.

Target demographics: Vulnerable children, families and communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,500 vulnerable and orphaned children and 6 communities.

Geographic areas served: Guatemala and Haiti

Programs: School-age Feeding; Early Childhood Supplemental Feeding; Safe, Energy Efficient Cookstoves; Organic Home Gardens; Animal-husbandry; Health and Empowerment Training; Health Clinics; etc.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jeff601

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and volunteer to HRI for 8 years. This organization is the "real deal!" HRI is transforming the lives of children and families in positive ways. I have seen the faces of the children and the hope and gratitude of families for the hand up that HRI offers to them. The work of this organization is outstanding and I highly recommend HRI to anyone looking for an organization that actually does what they say they are doing for people!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization doing outstanding work for children and families! I have seen their work first hand and appreciate the professionalism, dedication and commitment to the mission and to the protection of children.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an enthusiastic donor to HRI for several years now! I know that my dollars are being used to help change the lives of vulnerable children every day. The programs developed are always expanding to truly impact the health and well being of those most in need, from feeding programs ,access to health care services and social services,parenting and business skills. The list of accomplishments grow every year. Donors receive updates and wonderful newsletters which provide an overview of what the organization is working on! I am always so impressed with how much they have accomplished and continue to do each day.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HRI is an amazing organization working tirelessly to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families. The community based initiatives are truly fulfilling the organization's mission. Knowing that 95% of donations go directly to programs is reassuring. The wonderful newsletters and updates are informative and inspirational. I am proud to support HRI and am confident that they will accomplish their current and future goals. I highly recommend this great organization !

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a donor to Hunger Relief International (HRI) as well as a 30 year veteran in the nonprofit fundraising field, so I'm well-versed in what to look for in terms of an organization's transparency, efficacy and impact.

HRI, while small in infrastructure, is huge on impact. Less than 10 years old, their programs are providing massive services on a less than $1million dollar annual budget. That's because 94% of funding goes directly to programming. Their CEO and the few in country staff that they have take very small salaries, they do not use professional fundraising companies and their are extremely adept at partnering with other nonprofits in the field.

If anyone is looking to support an international mission that feeds, educates and provides health necessities to children in poverty, while working programmatically to unify families and help parents to become economically stable, there is none better Hunger Relief International.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HRI is doing an unprecedented mission in saving the lives of young children and keeping families together through the Children First Program. There is no more passionate and dedicated director than Rachel Zelon. Your generous giving gets to the children and families in Haiti. I recommend Hunger Relief International to be the lead Mission to all my friends, family, and colleagues. Please join us in this great mission. Robin Wood

Lauren S.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hunger Relief International has always been a pleasure to partner with. Our organization has partnered with them to support various villages and projects in Guatemala. They are organized, professional, but most importantly, they have a huge passion to see the world changed and poverty ended. HRI is hands-on in any relief efforts and always act quickly to respond to various needs in all the areas of the world they support.

They have always gone over and above to make a difference in the lives of people who are in poverty. They are making a lasting impact in so many big ways and are bringing hope to people in extreme poverty on a daily basis. Any person or organization would be blessed to partner with them in their efforts.

Donor

Rating: 5

While visiting a summer camp in Haiti, this wonderful little boy honored me with his time and his trust. Summer camps can be exciting and chaotic. I marveled at the bravery he showed while negotiating his environment without the use of sight. No sitting on the sidelines for this little guy!

I contacted HRI to ask how I might be able to support him and his family in maximizing his opportunities. HRI staff took the time to talk with his family about their strengths and their areas of need. HRI then provided me with several options for offering assistance. HRI made arrangements for me to give in a way that is comfortable for me and meaningful for my little buddy and his family.

I am so grateful to HRI staff for facilitating sponsorship. And I am filled with joy each time I receive an update!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is always a great pleasure working with Hunger Relief International. The staff members are always so professional and passionate about their work for the children and families. HRI is very transparent with the use of their funds and donations. I feel very comfortable and trust that they will use the funds to meet so many crucial needs for these children and their families. Having been to Haiti twice on mission trips organized by HRI I can honestly say I put my trust in them and have seen firsthand the great works they have been doing in Haiti with donations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an honor and a blessing to partner with HRI, an organization which not only meets the immediate needs of those in crisis, but also helps to provide them a path to self-sufficiency. Yes, they feed the hungry. But they also work toward long term nutrition. Yes, the provide health care to the sick. But they also engage in long term wellness efforts. Yes, they provide education; education which leads to employability. Yes, they provide child care; child care which reduces child abandonment and provides parents the opportunity to work. I know this because I’ve been allowed to participate in many of these programs. I’ve seen it first-hand.
And I’ve seen the people at HRI working humbly, sacrificially, and graciously toward these goals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune to meet Rachel Zelon, founding member of HRI, many years ago. I was aware of her exemplary work with refugees and children. I was an early supporter of HRI and have been amazed and impressed with what this small organization has been able to accomplish. They are doing extraordinary work in Haiti and Gautemala, implementing nutritional programs, improving sanitation and access to clean water, offering education and opportunities for families to become more self sufficient.

I greatly value how well informed HRI keeps their donors. Rachel Zelon is responsive and accessible. She and her team really make donors feel they are part of this very important work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a volunteer with HRI in Guatemala since 2013. Most of my work has been leading a church mission team on weeklong projects. We have built kitchens at village schools to support feeding programs in those communities. We have installed portable water filters and built latrines. We have done Bible school programs and kids' activities. I have also worked directly with their team on a project installing safe stoves to some of their villages, replacing open fire cookstoves.

The need in the rural areas south of Guatemala City is dire; the conditions are heartbreaking. And yet, there are no other humanitarian organizations on the ground in this region. HRI's vision for that area of the country is to ensure not only better nutrition for the children in these communities, but to move the ball forward through safe drinking water (filtration systems), better sanitation (latrines), better hygiene practices (through training) and nutrition. Better health leads to greater opportunities, such as pursuing education beyond primary school, as well as greater employment opportunities.

When you see the living conditions of people who are so poor and marginalized, and you see what a difference HRI is making, it is hard not to get excited about being a part of it. HRI is not "giving a child a fish." They are "teaching a child to fish" through their education programs. Providing portable water filtration systems gives a hand up to people who have ZERO ACCESS to clean drinking water. That means fewer parasites; less diarrhea, and the ability to actually BENEFIT from the nutrition that people have access to. Providing latrines means that people aren't going to the bathroom wherever they find a place. Not only does that keep the bacteria and microbes found in human waste from entering into the community ecosystems, it provides people with privacy and dignity.

HRI has a long-term plan for community health and self-sustenance. Partnering with this organization will provide greater resources to impact even more people in a grossly underserved region. Every staff member I have worked with is knowledgable, compassionate, transparent, and PASSIONATE about their mission. I highly recommend Hunger Relief International!

2 Mark T.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hunger Relief International doesn't just throw money at the symptoms, they discover and help solve the root issues for the problems. HRI empowers people to break the cycle of poverty. I have worked extensively with HRI. They are doing amazing work and am so excited to see how their amazing approach changes so many lives in the generations to come!

2 Natacha K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Haiti for the first time this past June and was so impressed! Everything was so well organized, the staff was amazing, and they were so helpful. It takes a lot of work and organization to take 32+ adults around the city, but they did it and everything ran smoothly. Overall, I loved my experience and I am so proud to be able to support this organization and all the amazing work they're doing in Haiti.

2 Kim N.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled to Haiti with HRI multiple times and I’m always so impressed with this organization. The entire staff, including hired drivers, interpreters, and security, is amazing. They are attentive to our needs and keep the trip running smoothly. I am proud to support HRI and what they are doing in Haiti.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization with a leader who is passionate. HRI isn't just about "feeding the children", they believe in educating both children and their families in how to better their impoverished lives and help not just themselves but their communities.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you want to align yourself with an organization that is dedicated to bettering the lives of those in need, Hunger Relief International is it. Their dedication to helping not just children but families develop life skills is unparalleled. It’s easy to hand out food and say you are saving the world. HRI believes in feeding the mind and soul to enable those they serve to better provide for themselves and their communities. The professionalism of HRI is a testament to their leadership. The work they do is sustainable and is a model for how nonprofits should operate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HRI ROCKS!!! This past June was my first experience with HRI and they made our entire team feel welcome and safe. I was very impressed! We had top notch drivers, interpreters and security personnel with us at all times outside our hotel and they were a blast! They were very attentive to our needs and communicating with the children and others we came in contact with. I look forward to being with them again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have the privilege of partnering with HRI in Guatemala where we are able to help the people in 3 different villages with food and community services. This includes education and sanitation. The bottom line is, HRI recognizes the dignity and worth of every person and works tirelessly to raise people out of poverty and provide for their essential needs. We are so thankful for the work of HRI and highly recommend this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can only speak for the Guatemalan portion of this team, but they are incredible individuals! I am blown away by their hearts and passion for the people of this region. The HRI Guatemalan team is made up of hard workers that give their everything to their mission. They go above and beyond to make sure that every individual that needs help is taken care of. I'm honored to have served by their side for several years now! Great people. Great mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with Hunger Relief since 2013, in remote villages in Guatemala. The projects we have done with them include building kitchens in schools, community gardens, chicken coops, repairing and maintaining schools, supplying portable water filters, and building latrines in the villages of Agua Zarca, Plan de Avila, El Reparadero, Nueva Candelario, and La 46. These are all villages outside of Cuilapa, which is maybe 50 miles southeast of Guatemala City. In addition, we have joined them in working at a shelter/relief center after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in June 2018.

HRI is passionate about their mission to improve the long-term prospects of those living in poverty through education, sanitation, nutrition and health. Their initiatives help individuals and families by providing access to clean water, sanitation through better waste disposal, safe cookstoves, classes on parenting and reading. My experience has been, in the villages where our church is involved, that HRI has a vision for improving living conditions for the population over a series of steps that include all of the above, plus a feeding program for the school-age children of the villages. These steps are intended to help people become self-sufficient and independent.

The team at HRI is passionate about meeting individual and community needs because they know that life change at a local level is how you raise the bar on a broader scale.

Besides being entrenched in long-term projects in Guatemala, HRI is also responsive to moments of crisis. HRI was coordinating relief efforts as soon as they could, after the Fuego eruption. They began sending volunteers in and also began planning for long-term relief efforts that will help the communities most impacted by Fuego to rebuild.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

We have been working with HRI in Guatemala for 3 years. I think HRI does a good job of defining the parameters of who they are serving. In Guatemala, for example, they have identified 5 villages and are working a plan to break the cycle of poverty with sanitation, nutrition, education and self-sufficiency in those villages.

I love that the nutrition programs and the work projects are locally-sourced, from a resource and personnel standpoint. I also love that the in-country programs are run from Guatemala, by Guatemalan people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group. Always makes our experience Life-changing!

Team is so knowledgeable and kind.
Planning and execution is always flawless.

Thank you HRI For all you do and for being so amazing

1 Rosalinda Leilani L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the family that we've become. Thank you for watching over our #NPPINC , #Cbglades group. Our safety was your number one priority.
The walk through the streets humbled me. God bless you all.