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1% For Humanity: A New Way to Improve Health Worldwide

1% for Humanity seeks to change the world by challenging members to give just 1% of their budget to fight poverty and injustice worldwide.

Global poverty is complex, but choosing to give can be simple. That’s why Direct Relief is excited to be one of five project partners through 1% For Humanity, a nonprofit organization committed to moving individuals and businesses to give at least 1% of their gross income to fight extreme poverty and injustice. With a focus on maternal and child health […]

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Direct Relief Women Raises Funds for 4,000 Safe Births at Annual Mother’s Day Event

Members of Direct Relief Women smile together at the event.

Direct Relief Women – a group that supports Direct Relief’s programs targeting maternal and child health – raised more than $100,000 at its third annual Mother’s Day event held Thursday evening at the home of Bryan and Lisa Babcock in Montecito. The amount raised will allow the Goleta-based humanitarian aid organization to support more than 4,000 safe births for mothers […]

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Honor a Mom in Your Life: Give a Safe Birth This Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day begins with a safe birth. But every two minutes a woman dies from complications during pregnancy or childbirth – taking more than 250,000 lives each year. Accompanied by a trained and equipped professional, many of these women can be saved. That’s why Direct Relief supports midwives who are helping mothers in need access vital care and are the […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Cursive Crew

Ann (left) and Dolores (right) smile during a Tuesday morning letter-writing session.

(Part 4/4) In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013), Direct Relief has highlighted dedicated volunteers who help make the work possible. Learn about some of the wonderful people behind the scenes. While 105-year-old Edythe Kirchmaier is perhaps our most well-known volunteer, she rarely works alone. Each Tuesday morning Dolores Marso and Ann Pless join her in hand-writing thank you […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mr. Fix-It

Al Sladek has volunteered at Direct Relief for 13 years.

(Part 3/4) In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013), each day, Direct Relief will highlight dedicated volunteers who help make the work possible. Learn about some of the wonderful people behind the scenes. Among the screwdrivers, pliers, broken hospital beds, and eccentric sterilizers scattering a small corner of the Direct Relief warehouse, 70-year-old volunteer Al Sladek performs his […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Tech Squad

Lisa (left) and Shailja (right) smile outside of the IT trailer.

(Part 2/4) In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013), each day, Direct Relief will highlight dedicated volunteers who help make the work possible. Learn about some of the wonderful people behind the scenes. Humbly tapping their keyboards alongside Direct Relief’s information technology (IT) team,  Lisa Breyfogle and Shailja Trivedi are a part of a cutting-edge undertaking to more […]

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