Refugee Empowerment International

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Refugee Empowerment International

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Refugee Empowerment International

...providing an end to dependence

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Monthly donations make a lasting impact

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We support projects that provide opportunities for refugees to lead an independent normal life while staying near to home and their loved ones. Projects that empower individuals and their communities.

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Gift-a-Smile story 8

January 24, 2024

Ranin is a Palestinian refugee who was born in Lebanon.  She started her career working in different kindergartens around the Wadi Zayne gathering, and after gaining 9 years of experience, she was recruited to be an assistant teacher for the KG2 level at the kindergarten supported by REI.  Now, she teaches Arabic and provides psycho-social […]

Gift-a-Smile story 7

January 18, 2024

We met Khu Shar Reh last summer on our visit to the Thai-Myanmar border. Now a student at KSDC, he is an ex-soldier who fought with the Karenni Army. His strong features suggest his former life as a fighter, but his voice was gentle and his smile was kind. He said he learned about human rights for the first time at […]

Gift-a-Smile story 6

January 10, 2024

Grace is an 18 year old Congolese refugee who arrived in Kenya after surviving a traumatic experience in her home country. She enrolled in the Urban Refugee Project supported by REI and was among the students who completed the literacy course which helped her gain communication skills in Swahili and English. This, along with the psychological […]

Gift-a-Smile story 5

January 5, 2024

To start off 2024, we send you this bright smile from Ali, a pupil at the kindergarten in Wadi Zayne, Lebanon.  The kindergarten not only supports Syrian refugee children in the community but also Lebanese children, like Ali, from poor families to encourage integration in the refugee and host community. Ali and his Syrian friends […]

REI is an
NGO that relies on
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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.

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

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Join our global network

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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Our Network

Corporate Partnerships

October 14, 2023

We are proud of the various corporate partners we collaborate with. Like many organisations we believe in sustainability and this does not just apply to the projects we support abut also when starting new partnerships with companies.

Your work can support REI

June 15, 2023

James Nepaulsingh's support to REI highlights how personal projects can have an impact on the work of REI.

Book your seat for the REI Gala

February 1, 2023

Book now to save a seat. It's a chance to network and enjoy great entertainment, while also directly empowering refugees that take part in the programs that we support. 

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.