Poverty October 13, 2015 | 4:08 pm

Batey Relief Alliance marks 18 years of humanitarian work.

New York. – Foundedon October 23, 1997 in the state of New York as a non-profit, non-governmental,humanitarian aid organization, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is committed toaddressing the socio-economic and health needs of children and their familiesseverely affected by extreme poverty, disease and hunger in the Americas andthe Caribbean.

Since its inception,BRA has joined membership of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI); held SpecialConsultative Status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) and NGO- Department of Public Information (DPI); recruited hundreds ofvolunteers; and created strategic partnerships with local governments,grassroots groups and international agencies, including the U.S Agency forInternational Development (USAID), U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and theUN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Procter and Gamble, Direct Relief,Vitamin Angels and Life ns Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to developsustainable programs in health and HIV/AIDS, food security, women empowerment,water and sanitations, blindness prevention, education and disasterrelief—improving the health and lives of more than 1.6 million people living in268 vulnerable and impoverished communities in the United States, Haiti,Dominican Republic and Peru.

BRA’s programs serveall people, regardless of their race, gender, creed, national origin, sexualorientation, religion or political affiliation – and are executed in difficultareas where basic public services are scarce, including in the Dominican Republic’ssugarcane plantations rural “batey” communities, Haiti’s border regions andPeru’s urban slums. BRA ensures that people living with HIV/AIDS andTuberculosis have access to comprehensive health services, essential medicinesand antiretroviral therapy; pregnant and nursing women and children receivemicronutrients and antiworm medications; local farmers are trained and providedwith resources to produce their own crops and animals; community healthpromoters are organized to educate entire communities about health crisisprevention and techniques; while women receive skills training and microcreditto start new businesses.

For any questionsabout this release, please contact [email protected] To learn more aboutBRA’s work, like on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Batey.Relief.Alliance;follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bateyrelief; and visitwww.bateyrelief.org.

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