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|2010 RI Annual Report||18.85 MB|
For more than thirty years, Refugees International has charted a bold course that brings resources and attention to the world’s most marginalized people. We are proud to have taken over the helm as RI’s new President and Chair of the Board of Directors.
In 2010, RI continued to make its mark by traveling to the world’s most forgotten corners, witnessing the struggles faced by refugees and internally displaced people and returning to the world’s corridors of power to demand action.
By the end of the year, aid workers in South Sudan had credited Refugees International for spurring agencies to prepare for new violence and displacement around the region’s January 2011 referendum for independence. In Haiti, we highlighted how aid agencies were struggling to assist people devastated by the massive earthquake and our work encouraged the UN to restructure the leadership of the relief operation. And in Iraq, our efforts to increase U.S. and UN funding led to improved conditions for people still living in squalid conditions eight years after the war began.
Refugees International is committed to this course. Over time, we have matured from an organization that largely sounded the alarm on the latest refugee crisis into one that advocates for long-term solutions. As conflicts become more complex and people remain uprooted from their homes for far longer, we must look deeper, improve our focus, and think even more strategically about the changes that are necessary to save and protect people’s lives.
Refugees International raised $4 million for our lifesaving advocacy in 2010 and we are dedicated to using every dollar efficiently. We pride ourselves on this and also on the fact that Charity Navigator has given RI its highest possible 4-star rating for four years in a row—an honor reserved for the top eight percent of U.S. charities.
We will continue to use our precious resources to ensure that displaced people receive the protection and assistance they need to survive until they are able to return home and rebuild their lives.
RI’s journey is always challenging but also rewarding. With our talented staff and passionate supporters by our side, we look forward to the road ahead.