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!About REI
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.Get Involved
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.
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.
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.See All Events
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.See All Projects Funded
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.