NEW YORK. – Founded on 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 to addressing the socio-economic and health needs of children and their families severely affected by extreme poverty, disease and hunger in the Americas and the Caribbean.

Since its inception, BRA has joined membership of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI); held Special Consultative Status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and NGO- Department of Public Information (DPI); recruited hundreds of volunteers; and created strategic partnerships with local governments, grassroots groups and international agencies, including the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Procter and Gamble, Direct Relief, Vitamin Angels and Life ns Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to develop sustainable programs in health and HIV/AIDS, food security, women empowerment, water and sanitations, blindness prevention, education and disaster relief—improving the health and lives of more than 1.6 million people living in 268 vulnerable and impoverished communities in the United States, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Peru.

BRA’s programs serve all people, regardless of their race, gender, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or political affiliation – and are executed in difficult areas where basic public services are scarce, including in the Dominican Republic’s sugarcane plantations rural “batey” communities, Haiti’s border regions and Peru’s urban slums. BRA ensures that people living with HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis have access to comprehensive health services, essential medicines and antiretroviral therapy; pregnant and nursing women and children receive micronutrients and antiworm medications; local farmers are trained and provided with resources to produce their own crops and animals; community health promoters are organized to educate entire communities about health crisis prevention and techniques; while women receive skills training and microcredit to start new businesses.

For any questions about this release, please contact bra@bateyrelief.org. To learn more about BRA’s work, like on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Batey.Relief.Alliance; follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bateyrelief; and visit www.bateyrelief.org.


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