Invest in human potential through REI

We support projects that provide opportunities for refugees to lead an independent normal life while staying near to home and their loved ones. Started in 1979, we are celebrating our 40th anniversary!

REI is a Japanese
NGO that relies on
volunteer support

We depend on volunteers to organize and run our fundraising activities. Your time and enthusiasm are important. There are many ways in which you can contribute whether with specific skills or by your presence and effort.

Become a Friend

Becoming a friend of REI is a simple and effective way to support our work and provide opportunities for refugees worldwide.

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Donate Money

Individuals and organizations can make regular or one-off financial contributions. Your contribution can make a big difference.

Make a Donation

Become a Volunteer

There are many ways in which you can contribute whether with specific skills or by your presence and effort.

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Start an REI School Group

REI increases awareness about displacement through partnerships with international and Japanese schools in the Tokyo area.

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Corporate Sponsor

REI actively encourages and assists other Japanese organizations in building their own CSR program.

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We have recently re-named the organisation Refugee Empowerment International to give a clearer message about our mission. In addition we are teaming up with REI in Australia and also reaching out to past interns, volunteers and supporters as we build a global following.
Our mission will be the same – it is strong, and the impact of our funding is far-reaching.

Connecting with the team

We continue to meet through online meetings with the occasional in-person meetings.
If you wish to meet with anyone in the REI team, whether online or in-person, please contact us through email at: info@rei-npo.org
If you wish to added to the mailing list to receive newsletters, please send your email address to us at: info@rei-npo.org

Building a global network

REI has an extensive alumni network of volunteers, interns and supporters around the world. Many are establishing their own networks to support our work. Join our global following. As we have seen through much of the recent health crisis around the world, strength comes from unity and pooling resources.

Become a Sponsor

We can create unique programs for companies to sponsor REI. The projects funded by REI meet several of the SDGs securing a better future for all. We can provide training programs that develop leadership and resilience through case studies from the field.

Upcoming Events

REI hosts a variety of charity events in Tokyo and other areas in Japan throughout the year. We organize dinners, concerts, sporting events and children’s workshops. Please join us at one of our fundraising events and show your support.

Jun 2021

REImagine Rwanda

Sep 2021
To be confirmed

F1 Race Night

Sep 2021
Tokyo Hilton (Shinjuku)

REI Gala Dinner

Projects Funding
and Program Visits

Refugee Empowerment International provides funding to community-based groups supporting people as they rebuild their lives and work towards returning home and establishing peaceful communities. Projects funded are run by experienced groups in the refugee and internally displaced person (IDP) community. We ensure that support reaches groups swiftly and efficiently.

If you think about it though, as I have, I think you will discover that the only thing that really touches us to our soul is the connection we feel to other people. To our families, friends, a poverty stricken child in Somalia, a 10 year old rape victim, a starving 85 year old man, skin and bones, with fire in his eyes. These are humans, just like us. You and me. We live and breath on the same planet. We are simply lucky. No more, no less, lucky.

—David Hewett, long-time donor and supporter of REI, when reflecting on philanthropy.