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International Institute of Rural Reconstruction

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Education, International, International Development

Mission: IIRR''s mission is to release the potential of the poor and their organizations to overcome poverty. By applying participatory approaches to capacity building and knowledge sharing, we enable development actors to effect meaningful change toward better livelihoods, a protected environment, and improved health and education. Simply put, we help people help themselves develop sustainable solutions to poverty.

Results: In 2012 we have done some amazing things with donations: -We've given scholarships to 159 girls to attend school in East Africa. -We helped 475 youth started business and remain in school. -We developed school gardens in the Philippines and helped 3,700 kids fight malnutrition. -We helped 20 communities in South East Asia become better prepared for environmental disasters.

Target demographics: Children, Women, Entrepreneurs

Geographic areas served: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Cambodia, Philippines

Programs:

For IIRR, education is not only one of the most important basic human rights but it is also the foundation for human development. It is a powerful tool that releases the intellectual, social and organizational potential of individuals, communities and nations. Since 2005, IIRR, with financial support from an anonymous donor, started education for pastoralists and other marginalized groups in Kenya and Ethiopia. The program contributes to the efforts of the government, community and other actors to increase the opportunity for out-of-school children in pastoralist areas to access quality basic education by designing appropriate delivery mechanisms that are compatible with the pastoralist lifestyle, with particular emphasis on girls’ enrollment and retention.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IIRR has a long-lasting and immense impact in a huge amount people's lives all over the world through their holistically based programs that empower communities for substantive long term change.

Mar L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization continues to exist because of the refurbished facilities of the Yen Center, an old training facilities in the Philippines.

In 2013, the Yen Center provides almost half of the total revenues generated by the organization.

The renovation of the Yen Center facilities was done in 2011 without the support of the IIRR President and its Board of Trustees.

Review from Guidestar

1 Brianna P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IIRR is changing the lives of both children and adults all around the world. They work tirelessly to promote education for girls, women, and other marginalized communities ensuring that they have a chance to overcome poverty and positively change their communities. They also work with entrepreneurs to help them get into the global markets. They are doing great work, and it's inspiring to see how involved their staff is! I've been to a few of their events in Manhattan and those have been fun as well. I hope this charity continues to do great work!