The International Aid Services team includes our staff, our board of directors, donors and volunteers like you. IAS’ headquarters in the United States (IAS America) is located in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Globally, IAS non-field offices are located in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Germany.
International Aid Services America is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation based on section 501 (c)(3) of the federal tax code. We exist in order to save lives, promote self-reliance through business development, and restore dignity through human transformation – going beyond relief and development in the world’s most desperate communities. IAS America is supported through individual gifts and foundational grants.
Our vision is to one day
see a Godly, transformed society
With thousands of international partners, every IAS office has its own area of expertise when it comes to fulfilling our organizational mission and vision. With each IAS office playing a unique role in accomplishing our over-arching objectives, by banding together we create capacity that represents an impactful, holistic solution in the fight for poverty alleviation. Operations directed from our U.S. office can be summed up in one, brief statement, “Providing water, transforming lives, and saving communities.” Our efforts are focused on, but not limited to:
Water sustains life. But,
throughout much of Africa water is often a carrier of disease and death. IAS drills wells throughout Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia and other parts of East Africa in areas where none have previously existed so that fresh, life-giving water is available to entire communities. A village well does much more than simply provide clean drinking water. It also changes the social fabric of village life. Instead of spending hours each day walking to a distant source in search of water, children now are free to attend school. Clean, local drinking water is saving lives and changing the future of children across the continent of Africa.
Your help creating wells provides:
- Productivity, when not encumbered by sickness
- Productivity, when not consumed by the task of transporting water
- Opportunity for children’s education – the task of procuring water typically falls on the women and children
- Opportunity for business and community stability when the nomadic lifestyle of chasing seasonal rain is not required
- Opportunity for personal growth and development when not consumed by simply trying to staying alive
The world’s poor need more than a hand-out to end the poverty cycle.
A hand-up, a strategic investment that will bear fruit for years to come, is what is needed. When as little as $100 can start the process moving, suddenly everyone becomes an (ad)venture capitalist. A hand-up can come from a micro-enterprise loan for an agricultural or poultry farm in Sudan. Help could also be needed assistance in starting a grinding mill in Ghana, or a hamburger stand on the streets of a small town in Kosovo. Empowerment might come as the result of small business training seminars for groups of villagers in India. In whatever form assistance arrives, the poverty-shattering results of what IAS calls “Micro-Power” are undeniable. Microfinance, or “Enterprise Relief” is based on the age-old idea that if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. This is our passion. Give people the tools they need to break free from the poverty cycle.
Throughout the developing world, the lack of adquate healthcare and sanitation is one of the primary causes of premature death.
In the nation of Southern Sudan, a land which has endured incredible hardship through decades of civil war, any form of reliable healthcare is often non-existent. Near the village of Nyinbuli, in the state of Bahr El Ghazal, a region which is home to some 50,000 inhabitations, IAS runs the sole medical clinic. Founded in 2006 by IAS staff member, Charity Lanman, the IAS mission for the Nyinbuli clinic is to meet the basic physical health needs of the people in this region. In addition to our medical work in Nyinbuli, IAS establishes training programs throughout parts of Africa where we drill wells in order to teach local residents methods of good hygiene and proper sanitation.