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Sakena Yacoobi Earns Champion for Women’s Health Award

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Direct Relief presented Sakena Yacoobi, founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, with the 2014 Champion for Women’s Health Award for her leadership and bravery in helping women in both Afghanistan and Pakistan access much-needed health care, despite many challenges. “This, for me, is like a Nobel Peace Prize,” said Sakena graciously as she received the award at […]

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Direct Relief Helps CNN Expose Sketchy Charity Accounting Practices

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With assistance from Direct Relief, CNN ran a two-part investigative report last week on how charitable organizations’ accounting and reporting practices regarding medical product donations can be highly misleading to the public.  The report detailed the efforts by CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting to understand and track the reported donation of $40 million in medical aid to Guatemala […]

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Local Students Pack Dental Supplies for Kids in Need

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A class of students from Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif. organized 3,000 dental kits last week at our warehouse as part of their annual Public Service Day. The kits – which contain toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss – will be distributed to local organizations providing dental care to Santa Barbara County kids in need, including: Eastside Family Dental Clinic; Isla Vista Youth Projects; Santa […]

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Local Volunteers Help Their Neighbors in Need

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Thousands of people in need in Santa Barbara County will soon receive help meeting their basic needs thanks to the hard work of more than 100 volunteers who assembled 3,000 Personal Care Packs at Direct Relief’s warehouse over the last two days. The Personal Care Packs contain hygiene items like lotion, soap, facial cleanser, hairbrushes, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other […]

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GSK PULSE Volunteers Create Positive Change

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Direct Relief was privileged to host a diverse set of volunteers at its headquarters this year, hailing from Belgium, Nigeria, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, the U.K, and the U.S. as part of the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) PULSE Volunteer Partnership. The program allows a way for the company to give back more than product and cash donations, but also their greatest resource – […]

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Partner Spotlight: Equipping Reach Out WorldWide Responders

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In light of Paul Walker’s recent death, Direct Relief is spotlighting the extraordinary work of his organization, Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW). While many knew him as the star of The Fast and the Furious movie series, Direct Relief was fortunate to know him as the founder of one of our emergency response partners working to help people in need. Our team became […]

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