World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian nongovernmental organization.[1]

World Relief
Stand for the Vulnerable
TypeInternational NGO
PurposeRelief and Development
HeadquartersBaltimore, Maryland, US
  • local and international
Region served
ServicesAgriculture, Anti-Human Trafficking, Disaster Response, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Immigration Services, Maternal and Child Health, Microenterprise, Peace Building, and Refugee Resettlement.
Scott Arbeiter
WebsiteOfficial Website


Important dates
1940sThe War Relief Commission of the NAE is founded in NYC to address urgent humanitarian needs in war-torn Europe. Food and clothing are shipped from the US and channeled through a network of churches in Europe's hardest-hit cities.
1950sThe War Relief Commission changes its name to World Relief and launches an aid program in Korea, serving 31,000 hot meals a day at 140 feeding centers.
1960s(1961) Taiwan: Aid for lepers, Egypt: Aid for orphans, Korean: Aid for flood victims, China and Chile: Aid for earthquake survivor, (1964) Burundi: clothing, food and medicine benefit 67,000 people and others.
1970s(1970) Peru – provides vital aid to earthquake victims. Bangladesh – following a devastating cyclone,(1972) Vietnam – World Relief cares for 100,000 war-displaced people. Ethiopia – responds to severe famine. (1975) Cambodia – provides food and medical care to refugees fleeing the Khmer Rouge genocide. (1979) US – World Relief launches its refugee resettlement ministry.
1980sPhilippines – World Relief helps churches bring relief in a time of political and economic turmoil and natural disasters. By 1990, more than 10,000 new churches have been started. (1983) Actor Charlton Heston hosts World Relief's first television special, "When Will the Dying Stop?" The special focuses on Bangladesh and India.
1990s(1994) World Relief responds to the genocide in Rwanda, assisting 42,000 traumatized and displaced people. (1997) World Relief launches its microfinance program. providing credit services to 34,642 vulnerable people in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
2010sWorld Relief works together with MAP International to respond to the largest Ebola epidemic in history. World Relief provides medical training and supplies to those affected by the devastating outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that seeks to overcome violence, poverty and injustice. Through love in action, they bring hope, healing and restoration to millions of the world's most vulnerable women, men and children through vital programs in disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding, as well as refugee and immigration services in the U.S. For 75 years, World Relief has partnered with churches and communities across more than 20 countries to provide relief from suffering and help people rebuild their lives. Founded in 1944, World Relief in now headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, the organization has offices worldwide including 20 offices throughout the U.S. It is supported by churches, foundations, and individual donors, as well as through United States Government grants from USAID and other agencies.

World Relief reached 7 million beneficiaries with 75,000 volunteers actively engaged in reaching their communities. An estimated 80% of those who directly benefit from World Relief program's are women and children. World Relief works across 7 sectors: health and nutrition, child development, refugee and immigration services, disaster response, economic development, peacebuilding and community resiliency, advocacy and mobilization.

World Relief's core programs focus on microfinance, AIDS prevention and care, maternal and child health, child development, agricultural training, disaster response, refugee resettlement and immigrant services.

World Relief began in 1944 when American Christian denominations worked together with sister churches in war-torn Europe to address critical humanitarian needs. The National Association of Evangelicals established the War Relief Commission to send clothing and food to victims of World War II. After the war, evangelical leaders decided that the War Relief Commission should continue working in post-war Europe and around the world. In 1950, the agency was renamed World Relief and began to focus on other areas of development, providing sewing machines and training so war widows could earn a living, setting up TB clinics, and supporting orphanages and land reclamation projects.

World Relief is currently in 20 countries and has 20 US offices and serves over 7 million vulnerable people a year.

Refugee Resettlement ProgramEdit

One of the functions of World Relief is their refugee resettlement program. There are currently more refugees in the world than there ever has been since World War II, and World Relief aims to help those affected by crises around the world.[2] World Relief aims to help refugees as soon as a refugee and their families are forced to flee their home, starting by providing essentials, such as clean water and food, to the families. They then seek to help the refugees regain potential lost hope and hopefully grow even further by offering family strengthening programs. World Relief also seeks to help refugees find an affordable home and find a job. Because World Relief is headquartered in the United States, they also aim to help refugees learn English if they do not already. Since 1979, World Relief has successfully relocated and supported over 300,000 refugees in the United States.[3] World Relief determines whether someone is a refugee based on the definition of International Law. International Law defines a refugee as someone who flees their state for fear of being persecuted for one or more of five traits: "their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group."[4]

Decline of Refugee Resettlement ProgramEdit

On April 2, 2019, World Relief posted on their main website concerning the decline of refugees entering the United States in 2019. According to World Relief, the cause of the decline in refugees was due to changes in United States refugee policies due to the Trump Administrations hand in The Refugee Act and the Presidential Determination.[5] In 2016, the amount of refugees who were resettled in the United States added up to be 84,995, making 2016 the year of the most refugees resettled since 1994.[6] Since then, the numbers have only declined, and in 2019 the amount of Christian refugees entering the country have declined by forty-eight percent and the amount of Muslim refugees has declines by ninety percent.[5]


  • Tim Breene,Ceo
  • Scott Arbeiter, President
  • Rene Ordogne, CFO
  • Kevin Sanderson, SVP of International Programs
  • Mark Reddy, SVP of Brand
  • Emily Gray SVP of U.S. Ministries
  • Gil Odendaal, Ph.D, D.Min, SVP of Integral Mission Division
  • Kathleen Leslie, General Counsel/SVP of Human Capital
  • Jenny Yang, SVP of Advocacy & Policy
  • James Misner, SVP of Strategic Engagement


  1. ^ "Worldwide NGO Directory". Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  2. ^ "UNHCR Global Trends - Forced Displacement in 2017". UNHCR Global Trends - Forced displacement in 2017. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  3. ^ "Refugee Crisis | World Relief". World Relief. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  4. ^ Retrieved 2019-05-06. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Midyear Refugee Resettlement Numbers". World Relief. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  6. ^ NW, 1615 L. St; Suite 800Washington; Inquiries, DC 20036USA202-419-4300 | Main202-857-8562 | Fax202-419-4372 | Media. "Key facts about refugees to the U.S." Pew Research Center. Retrieved 2019-05-06.

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