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 five countries.
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 our five focus countries and volunteers take annual short-term trips. If your professional goals for international development match ours, come with us!
REI board member William Andrew “Andy” Weeks, Jr. passed away on November 4, 2019 due to complications following a stem-cell transplant for leukemia.
Andy was born on March 27, 1950 in Rutherfordton, NC to William Andrew Weeks, Sr. and Mary Lou Merck. He grew up in Morehead City, NC. He studied Business/Accounting at North Carolina State University and graduated in 1972. He then moved to Blacksburg, Virginia to help with a nonprofit at Virginia Tech. There, he met his first and life-long love, Maryanna Jenkins. They were married in Blacksburg on December 22, 1973.