We send long-term staff and short-term professionals
to train leaders in emerging nations so that they
can train others - building their nations and
bringing hope to future generations.
The work of REI is diverse in each emerging nation where we focus. Through education and medicine, business and agriculture, our highly skilled staff are training and developing others in six locations in Asia and Africa.
As a non-profit, our organization and staff are financially supported by monthly and annual donations. Give today to be a part of building people to build nations!
REI staff and apprentices partner long-term in six locations in Asia and Africa, and volunteers take annual short-term trips. If your professional goals for international development match ours, come with us!
Safely back with the Colorado Wiley clan at last
September 13, 2021
by Ron Wiley, Country Leader, Central Asia
Dr. Ron and Jeanine Wiley wrapped up their first semester at the Kazakh-American Free University in early June and then boarded a plane for Uzbekistan. They anticipated a whirlwind ten days with potential REI partners, some sightseeing, then a quick stop in Kazakhstan before flying back to family in the U.S., getting the COVID-19 vaccination, and attending a REI leadership meeting in Colorado.
They never dreamed that a minor infraction of a COVID-19-related regulation would interrupt their travels, resulting in detention in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s airport and deportation to Kyrgyzstan; falling ill with the COVID-19 Delta variant; hospitalization in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, then medical evacuation to Skopje, Macedonia; and finally, reaching the U.S. at the end of July.