About Us

Mission

East Africa Relief and Development, Inc. (EARD) is a international, not-for-profit organization whose

mission is to alleviate suffering of individuals, groups, and communities in the East Africa and other

African communities that need health services, education, clean water, and sanitation. Furthermore,

East Africa Relief and Development aims to create and/or coordinate programs that help provide basic

human needs. It is the intent of EARD, Inc. to respond to emergency situations whether the cause is

man-made or natural disasters.

Origins of EARD:

East Africa Relief and Development (EARD) was formed by East African members from all walks of life;

academics, professional and the business sector who are all committed to the cause of alleviating and

taking solidarity action with the victims of human calamity in East Africa.

EARD OBJECTIVES AND Approach

EARD requires twenty-first century cutting edge practices to realize its goals and to accomplish its

purposes. The organization will work tirelessly to identify the problems to be addressed and the most

reasonable tactics to evaluate and resolve them. It is also necessary to review and assess the outcomes.

The specific purpose of EARD, Inc. is to:

1. Provide a myriad of humanitarian services including health, economic development, education

and other basic compassionate services to East Africa nations and other African communities in efforts

to link all existing resources.

2. To respond Emergencies such as natural and man-made disasters and address the critical needs

of vulnerable groups.

3. To develop, organize and implement an extensive program in addressing the five stages of

disaster management: prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

4. To utilize Community-based initiatives to help communities become economically self-sufficient

through collaboration with other agencies and donors.

History of the region:

With regret that East Africa is a home to every kind of humanitarian catastrophe. Human sufferings in

East Africa come in many forms from amine/drought, endless civil wars, AIDS to lack of health care,

education and basic sanitation.

East Africa is looked upon as one of the poorest regions in the entire world. High mortality, short life

expectancy, chronic food deficit, famine, AIDS, and continuous civil wars have caused this region to be

far worse than it was three decades ago. For instance, Somalia has been without strong and affective

central government since 1991 and there have been numerous failed attempts at reconciliation. As

such, Somalia suffers from years of conflict, shortage of skilled human resources, financial base and

inability to deliver basic services efficiently and effectively. One out of five children dies before the age

of five; one of six children is enrolled in primary school; and only one in four families has access to clean

drinking water. Many areas do not have a school, hospital, orphanage, or any other facility. The best

hope for East African people has been assistance from the UN, international NGOs, and other donors.