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About us « International Aid Services America
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 Chicago, Illinois. Globally, IAS non-field offices are located in Sweden, Denmark, and Germany.

International Aid Services America is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation based on section 501 (c)(3) of the federal tax code. IAS America is supported through individual gifts and foundation grants.  We exist to participate in God’s reconciling work by coming alongside people who have been displaced by war and conflict, those who have little access to resources due to economic disparity or natural disasters/drought, and those who are affected by oppression and inequality.  We participate in this work by bolstering/supporting culturally-based opportunities and building capacity in the areas of water, sanitation, community development, and healthcare.  Motivated by Christ’s love, we strive to implement these programs in such a way that is empowering and that recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of those with whom we work.

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, we are able to have a far-reaching, holistic impact.  The efforts of IAS-America are focused on, but not limited to:.

Providing the world’s population with clean and safe water represents one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. Access to improved water and sanitation are generally the first steps toward sustainable communities, and toward an end to poverty. 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. Effective water resources management that incorporates integrated and sustainable approaches is an essential ingredient in human transformation leading to strong communities, and ultimately stable and progressive countries.

Water/Sanitation Initiatives Include:

  • Drilling wells
  • Installing and rehabilitating hand pumps
  • Creating solar-powered water yards (elevated water tanks)
  • Organizing community-led sanitation programs
  • Training communities in water pump maintenance
  • Installing rain water harvesting structures
  • Building water irrigation systems
  • Constructing latrines
  • Providing trainings on basic health and sanitation practices
  • Implementing the PeePoo intervention

Physical and mental health concerns are significant contributors not only to increased mortality rates, but also to a lower quality of life and difficulties in achieving educational, financial, and social aspirations.  IAS recognizes the need for increased access to health care for all people, and this is a growing area of focus within the organization.  Particularly, IAS aspires to implement more projects focused on mental health in the future.

Health Initiatives Include:

  • Supporting health facilities that provides basic health care and referral services.
  • Training workers in a health clinic on clinical waste disposal.
  • Training leaders and caregivers on community health and hygiene.
  • Increasing community awareness of the effects of alcohol and drug use.
  • Providing trainings on HIV/AIDS.

Education is one of the most important factors in increasing the overall health, viability, sustainability, and development of a community.  However, in high conflict areas and under-resourced communities, there are often barriers to receiving education and/or learning, including: access to educational resources and teachers, food/nutrition disparity, mental and physical disability, cognitive/learning challenges,  Thus, IAS focuses on increasing access to education through removing these barriers to education through special education/inclusive education programs and provision of necessary educational/nutritional resources.

Educational Initiatives Include:

  • Training teachers on best practices in inclusive education, teaching and learning methodologies, and child educational assessment.
  • Distributing mobility devices to children.
  • Providing writing devices for children with visual impairments.
  • Increasing the awareness of community education committees and education officials on the importance of inclusive education.
  • Transforming schools and learning centers to cater to all children and youth irrespective of race, SES, ethnicity, gender, language, religion, and ability.
  • Providing needed school materials.
  • Advocating for disabled children at local and national levels.
  • Creating low cost educational support, resource, and assessment centers for children with disabilities.
  • Forming reading and writing clubs for children who require additional educational support.
  • Training children in life skills.
  • Providing school lunches to children.
The mission of IAS’ work is to go ‘beyond relief and development’ and to work with communities and national partners to ensure sustainable change. Community development work occurs in close collaboration with state actors where possible to see that the legal framework and the priorities of the government are enjoyed by all citizens. IAS engages in humanitarian, development, and resilience efforts to promotes the health, development, and sustainability of the communities in which they work.  IAS works in countries ranging from extreme hostile contexts to relatively stabile developing countries. Accordingly, IAS applies different approaches from village empowerment projects to advocacy campaigns at national level in order to call for social accountability

Community Development Initiatives Include:

  • Developing gardening and sewing skills among women.
  • Training community members in agricultural skills including sustainable farming, composting, and gardening.
  • Teaching English as a foreign language.
  • Developing peace-building clubs and training religious leaders in peace-building.
  • Training community members in leadership, microfinance, entrepreneurship, and business planning.
  • Forming business support groups.
  • Teaching residents in a refugee camp how to make echo-friendly, energy-saving stoves.
  • Distributing fruit trees to people living in a refugee camp.
  • Promoting discussion groups for women focused on hygiene  and sanitation.