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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: The mission of Relief, Inc. is to improve the lives of the people of Liberia by mobilizing the International Community for the benefit of the country of Liberia and local communities in Northern California. Relief, Inc. will minister to the PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL and SPIRITUAL needs of every MAN, WO MAN and CHILD of Liberia. Our mission is focused on aggressively reaching our goals; however, this requires the generosity and assistance of many.

Results: Shipments of food, clothing, Books, school and medical supplies delivered to Liberia. We have sponsored several children in school. (KIS program. We have also sponsored several women in tailoring and Computer school through our (Wow program).

Target demographics: Women and children that have been negatively impacted by the 14 plus years of war in Liberia Western Africa. Locally, we target high school and college students for leadership training and mentoring. We also feed and cloth the homeless in the central valley of California.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400-500

Geographic areas served: Liberia, West/Africa and Modesto, CA

Programs: WOW-Women Of Worth, KIS-Kids In School, Orphans, SHIP, HOPE, RILBT, WINGS, GROW

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a great joy for me to write this review acknowledging the hard work and effort of Relief, Inc. in giving House of Hope Orphanage in Ganta City, Nimba County-Liberia the opportunity to a Memorandum of Understanding between the orphanage and Relief, Inc. We are grateful to God for the opportunity Relief, Inc. is giving the Orphans at House of Hope Orphanage in Ganta City, Nimba County, Liberia., "Creating Life Through Art" We appreciate the drawing items sent recently to our orphans. It is helping the kids move from one level to become Aspiring Artistic. Thanks for the courage given me in getting the kids birth certificates prepared on time for the opening of the orphans trust funds in our orphanage Home. The House of Hope Orphanage family want to say “Thank you ya” and Let God continue to bless and favor Relief Inc. so as to enable other less fortunate children be blessed like ours. Rev. Mother Alice K. Jargbah House of Hope Orphanage LPRC Community Ganta City, Nimba County Liberia

1 Anthony81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Relief Inc is a fantastic organization. Phebe Dennis-Fortt is a passionate and tenacious woman. I have seen this project grow and pulsate throughout the years and seen the people it has touched. I remember the dirty bustle of Liberia and this woman seeming to be the only one trying to save a people that at times didn’t seem to want to save themselves. This woman is doing an unbelievable job even when she can’t find volunteers to help. I encourage you to get involved with this organization to help Human Kind! I give this organization 5 stars

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Volunteer

Rating: 5





I have been in Relief inc. for a great amount of time of my life. I have seen and felt the generosity and kindness it has offered Liberia, Africa. I started out young and unaware of what I was doing. I started out buttoning up shirts and separating clothes. Later I found myself packing those clothes and other nonperishable goods into barrels and boxes to be shipped to Liberia. I was unaware of where it was going and who would receive it. Until 2006, when I took a big trip with the Container I helped pack. It was a long trip but I would say it was very worth it. I finally got my answers to my questions. Why I loaded up the Container and what was the fruit of my labor. I got see many liberians receive the food and clothes and other items from people who donated them out of the kindness of their heart. I gotta say Relief Inc. is a very small Organization but can do very big things. My story is just a small portion of a big story that will continue on with the help of others. Honestly I’ll give Relief Inc. 5/5 Stars just for their efforts alone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was contacted by Relief Inc. representative and the Liberia Director Aloysius Barr. In December 2004
Mr. Barr asked if I would join the day to day operations as a volunteer to help with the distribution of goods. I agreed and we proceeded to begin the work of trying to assist Relief Inc. with the clearing of a 40 foot container that had been shipped from California. Things did not go as expected but after many payments to officials of various organizations both public and private we were able to get the container released. One of the things that impressed me the most was the dedication of the Founder Phebe Dennis Fortt and her husband Ronald A.J. Fortt was there commitment, determination and passion about helping the People of Liberia, Particular during the Christmas holiday. Relief Inc distributed goods all the way up to Dec 23, 2006 just in time for people to have a good Christmas. I will never forget how people were shocked to have someone knocking on their doors and giving them food, clothing and medical supplies. This is an organization that I would rate 5 stars. With that said, Relief Inc. needs to help more people. I encourage anyone reading this review to volunteer! If you can’t volunteer please donate. They do great work and I am proud to have been associated with this organization.

E. Benjamin Saylee
Community Member

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Working with RELIEF INC. is a blessing. There is much work to be done with few laborers. The members dedication, hard work and long hours reflect how important it is to help women and children in need. Working the fireworks booth and festivals have been rewarding.
The only things preventing this organization from being 5 star is more volunteers and supporters.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi My Name is Maier N. Goodridge and a Liberian. This review is about some of the work that was done in Liberia by Relief, Inc. (This is a truth eye's accurate information.) Relief doing the heat of the war in Liberia decided to help her people with so many issues, how can I do this, she asked. I am not on the ground but I think a litter bit of this and that will do. So Relief, Inc., moved in 2006 with a 40 foot container load of supply ranged from food, beds, medical equipment, medical supplies, cloth, and school supplies etc. Which was distributed to schools, hospitals and internally displace persons. Relief did not stop there she decided not just to give a man a fish but teach him to fish. Relief Inc., awarded scholarships to women to enable them to enroll in the tailoring a skills training program at the Maryann Cheeseman School of Home Arts. On Broad street Monrovia, Liberia. West/Africa. Student’s form this program today are now business owners and are providing for their families. Additional Relief Inc. provided Scholarships for young school boys and girls. Many other students benefited that were about to drop out of primary schooling if it were not for the donations that Relief Inc. made happen.
C.H. Rennie Hospital Healthcare facility in Kakata also benefited from medical supplies and beds, matters and medical beds. The Redemption hospital on bush road island New Kru town Monrovia which was host to most of the ill (IDPs) and has ran out of hospital beds this hospital rejected sick people because of lack of beds. Relief Inc. also provided beds, medical drugs and medical equipment. Relief Inc. also provided transportation for those items to get to the people on time.
With the challenges, rainy days and storms that Relief, Inc. has weathered. Relief Inc. continues to move forward where other missions have failed. There seems to be misunderstanding of the roll of the missions by people who have worked in Liberia with Relief Inc., and within the Liberian government where corruption seems to come from every end. Phebe has the needed knowledge and information to continue to make progress. Phebe is a strong woman with the heart of love for humanity.
As for the Financial Ministry in Liberia and corruption associated with it. It took someone with real dedication like Phebe to overcome one of the worst problems in Liberia’s history. Phebe did not give up she stood the test of time and made sure the 40ft container with Relief supply reached the most needy people in Liberia in 2006 and then again seven years later in 2013 during the Ebola crises.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to God Almighty and Relief Inc. for the opportunity given me to serve as a Volunteer Teacher for the Art kids in Ganta House of Hope Orphanage. It has improve my artist works and shown me a better way of coordinating or working with kids that are orphans.
I highly appreciate this opportunity and pray that God continue to bless and favor Relief Inc. in all their endeavors in helping less fortunate children in Liberia and rest of the world.

Many Regards,


Sam Wonokay
Volunteer Teacher
House of Hope Orphanage
Ganta City, Nimba County
Liberia

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the year 2007, I work with Relief Inc., to assist Administration with incoming and outgoing inventory and also to do video recording. With the present of Relief Inc., it has been a blessing to Liberian people, Relief Inc. save life's and carry on medical attention including, food, shattering, taking care of homeless kids, women and men,, providing cloth and education support as well.. We the Liberian are grateful and will always like for Relief Inc. to be in Liberia as Second God to the Liberian people,,, my time with Relief Inc., and the president or CEO I pray that God will expand this NGO to the highest.. I stand to recommend Relief, Inc. as number one during our time of need.... Thanks.
Evangelist Ambassador Morris V. Cooper
Liberia
+231-886-773-895

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Relief it is a fantastic organization I volunteered and we put books together and donated clothes to ship in two containers to be sent to Africa I have also experienced a great speaker that relieve helped he gave an amazing testimonial that's how I really think has helped town and his family. I have been to several functions that relief Inc has put on to help those in Africa I had an amazing time. I remember about 2 years ago relief and put on a community that at Christmas time to help those that are less fortunate in the community. I would definitely support this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

My name is Kwame Emmanuel Ross, i am Executive Director for Liberia Center for Labor Empowerment (LICLE). i use to work for the students of Liberia where i serve as President of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) ,the umbrella organization responsible for students in Liberia, it was at that moment i first came across the Relief Inc, on our landscape through its representative -Aloysius Barr. Relief inc, has gone deep into the lowest base of our society paying special attention to the neglected class which constitutes the orphans and women. before i became to work for the Government of Liberia as Assistant Minister for the Ministry of Planning & Economic Affairs, i can recall that Relief Inc, started as small seed in Liberian making small donations of food and nonfood items, but i can testify now that Relief has grown bigger in Liberia like a giant size tree in the forest that provides shelter for many.
With the multiple socio-economic problems that were imposed on us from the 14years of civil unrest, Relief has been very strategic in meeting the needs of the people of Liberia. the absence of food ,shelter and clothing compounded the complication our war torn country which made it appeal compelling for international organization like Relief to give practical attention. Relief interventions have been very critical and timely in addressing the nakedness, homelessness and hunger of our people in Liberia particularly women and children. Relief medical intervention during the period of EBOLA kept the heads of our people above the water of sickness and provided light of hope for those who were pressed under the shadow of death by Ebola. You provided books for students sitting in empty school building and meal for children left home hungry in search for education whose parent can barley afford a daily meal. your work will go a long way in history.
It is my prayer that many will pull resources and join Relief INC, in this struggle to ensure food, clothing, medication and other non food items are available, affordable, accessible, reachable and safe by making meaningful contribution for war affected nation weigh down by poverty. You will always be remembereded for the amount of lives you transform. MAY GOD BLESS RELIEF INC BOUNTIFULLY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF SUFFERING HUMANITY

2 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have volunteered for Relief Inc for the past seven years and found it most rewarding. And through those years Relief have been assisting Liberians girls, boys, women and men in health, education and donating relief items to old folks and the needy.

The WOW component has help more women in getting back on their feet in their various home not being just house wife but income provider.

It is through Relief Inc. that I got to understand the importance of volunteerism in it entirety. I am very proud to be a volunteer of Relief Inc because their ways of implementing project activities is so unique, visible and transparent.

Many, many thanks and appreciations to Relief Inc/Liberia.

Kind regards,

Joseph F. Varney
Monrovia, Liberia

3 Lucretia T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is sadly surprising how little we really know about what is going on in other parts of the world. I spent a great amount of time speaking with Phebe Dennis-Fortt about Relief, Inc and the work they do in Liberia. Then I saw the photos of the children so excited to receive their first book and their first writing tools and the pure joy and excitement on their faces just made my heart warm beyond belief. Then to see the hospitals they helped set up during the Ebola crisis, it really brings it all home to see it first hand in the photos. The work Relief, Inc. is doing not only in Liberia but also locally is so amazing and commendable. The world is a better place having Relief, Inc and the work they do.

3 Caleb3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Rev. Caleb S. G. Dormah, National Director, YouthConnect Liberia. Relief, Inc and YouthConnect Liberia have a partnership that is going beyond the Ebola era. We were partners in fighting the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia when others were afraid. Today we are setting the pace for post Ebola recovery affected families (Orphans) and communities. we putting smiles on the faces of our children thru our "Building Library" project and giving communities hope thru our economic Empowering projects. We are changing a nation ONE COMMUNITY AT A TIME.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to know the founder of relief ink Inc. several years ago in her endeavor to start this nonprofit organization she has been consistent she has been passionate and she definitely has a desire to see the people in Liberia have a quality-of-life that equals all of us in the United States.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Relief, Inc. under the leadership of Ms. Dennis Phebe, is an organization that stands out in the community to educate the public / community of health issue impacting the lives of children / the elderly / less fortunate, including the many who are underserved.

Not only does Relief, Inc. educate, but also advocate on behalf of mankind on the specific health issue (Ebola) that's not only impacting countries such as Liberia, but has now been of ultimate concern to its entrance into this of the United States..

In that Relief, Inc. can fulfill its obligations to the needs of children, the Organization requires faithful support by way of donations / sponsorship. Those of us with the spirit of love / caring need to act upon our duty to join in with Relief, Inc. will all the support / assistance we can give. Truly blessings will follow upon our act to oblige.

Rev. Willie A. Douglas

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Relief Inc. is an incredible organization that I feel honored to serve as a volunteer. My family has volunteered for Relief Inc. for some time now and can't say enough great things about the people and guests they serve. For us, however, what really sets Relief Inc. apart is the way in which volunteers are able to be involved. Every time we go, we bring people along, who then thank us again and again for introducing them to such an incredible experience. I highly recommend Relief Inc. and I salute their efforts!!

Michael U.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello! My name is Joanne and I was the Social Media Intern for Relief, Inc. over the summer. Phebe Fortt is a wonderful and inspiring person to work with. Even though I did not have any previous professional experience in the marketing field, she was very patient and understanding with me. It was wonderful being able to witness the impact this organization has created in the community. It really shows how hard work and dedication pays off in the end no matter how small your actions may seem. During my time as an intern, I learned about the history of Liberia and the hardships endured within the country. I also learned about the courage and bravery of the Liberian citizens. I really hope in the future I will be able to continue working with this organization. It has been a fulfilling and enriching experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Iris and I've had the opportunity to volunteer with Relief Inc. The experience I had was amazing. Their enthusiasm with helping others is admirable and their kind hearts and strive to truly make a difference is inspiring. This is the place to go to help make a huge difference in the lives of others.



2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Renee, I volunteer with Relief Inc. It has been such a rewarding, meaningful, and full of just learning new things. With Relief Inc. you see there is beauty in this world where it has been fading in today's atmosphere. You put on the news or listen to the radio station and all you hear is crime, poverty and disgrace. Phebe has such a heart filled eye on change it little by little. It is a great place to volunteer and make a difference.

3 Darlen C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Phebe followed the collected containers over to Liberia, designating storage and giving out where what was needed & people to help pass out books, clothes, necessities. A whole lot of time & work involved even in getting the containers together for shipping. She needs your support, donations, bucks, prayers & to get the word out for Liberia Relief Inc. Thank You so much.
Darlene Carey (her mail carrier & friend & sister in Jesus)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Bartuah S.Ninwillay a volunteer of an organization which Relief INC is a great help to our beneficiaries and the entire country (Liberia) as a whole .I want to bless God for this great Organization in the sense that ,they continue to render assistance to the poor and needed people in Liberia.I also want them to continue their support to Liberia and the Liberian communities .As I write this ,Relief INC is presently distributing Copy book to those needed Kids who parents can not afford to even buy one for their Children or Child.I hope and pray that God continue to blses the Founder and also bless the donors always so that Lives and condition can be change .Thanks.