Refugee Empowerment International

....supporting community-run sustainable projects

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Refugee Empowerment International

.....investing in the future

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Monthly donations make a lasting impact

Refugee Empowerment International

...providing an end to dependence

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Monthly donations make a lasting impact

Invest in human potential with REI

REI funds projects that provide opportunities for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to rebuild and regain independence.
For long-term impact, it is essential that the strength comes from within the communities.
Stable communities will be better placed to resist future incursions.

About REI

News and Updates

Inspired by a visit to Nairobi

July 10, 2024

A team from REI made a field visit to Nairobi, Kenya from 24 to 28 June 2024. During the visit we met 13 beneficiaries and visited the training institute where beneficiaries learn about business and receive skills training.

REI Lunch & Learn

May 14, 2024

Summer 2024 Nairobi Project Visit Report From June 24 to July 1, REI will visit the Refugee Engagement and Empowerment Project in Nairobi, Kenya.Upon our return, we will be offering the REI Lunch and Learn sessions to bring you the latest news from the field. Book us now for a 45-60min lunchtime session where your […]

Need or Want - thoughts from the ED

May 28, 2024

We often hear that people ‘need’ this or that. NGOs advertise for funds to cover an urgent need for people. In times of emergency, these are much needed funds to ensure immediate survival but once some degree of security is in place are we really in a position to decide what people in other countries […]

Tax benefits for donating

May 8, 2024

You can donate to REI and get tax credits through a system called Furusato Nozei. Minato ku Furusato Nozei offers the option to donate to an organisation rather than receive a gift and you don’t have to live in Minato ku. When you donate to Minato ku Furusato Nozei select Refugee Empowerment International and 70% […]

REI succeeds with your support

Your donations are essential for REI to continue supporting refugees to build strong, independent communities. This can be interactive through activities that involve your friends, colleagues and fellows. These activities can be fun, educational, practical and experiential. Check the links below to learn about these or we would be delighted to hear your ideas and support your activities to fundraise for REI.

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Support REI with regular donations

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Team Building

We have a variety of team building activities for your team.

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REI Talks

REI talks cover different aspects of refugee issues.

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Custom designed workshops to build your team

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Walking Challenge

Exercise to understand a refugee journey

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Upcoming Events

REI hosts a variety of 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.

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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.

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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.