REI is in the business of “building people to build nations.” Since its incorporation as a U.S. not-for-profit organization in 1990, REI has sent skilled and credentialed professionals, and a staff of servant leaders, to broker field-driven programs to countries around the world. Currently, REI programs are focussed in Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Laos, and Vietnam.
In each nation, we equip and empower people to strengthen their nations and improve their quality of life. We build human capacity by partnering with key individuals and groups in emerging countries, first inquiring about their priorities, and then seeking to respond to those needs through sustainable, field-driven efforts.
REI achieves sustainability by building future generations and expanding opportunities. We help to eradicate material poverty, poverty of education, poverty of opportunity, poverty of health, and poverty of soul—the poverty of individuals, families, communities, and nations.