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REI aims to build 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 focused in Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.


In November 2023, REI's Singapore office was incorporated in order to mobilize Singaporeans to work as REI staff and volunteers, helping, along with the U.S., to meet needs in REI's target countries.

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.

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