“BRA executed a US $2 million agricultural community development project using USDA Food for Progress funding. BRA is one of the best partners our office has had in the Dominican Republic and one of the best development NGO I’ve seen in my 25 + years working in developing countries with the U.S. government.” – Margie Bauer, USDA Agricultural Attaché for Haiti, Dominican Republic and Jamaica, May 10, 2013
“The Batey Relief Alliance is doing important and difficult work. They need our continued support.” – President Bill Clinton, September 10, 2005
The Batey Relief Alliance
The Batey Relief Alliance, Inc. (BRA) was established in 1997 in New York as a United States Treasury Department’s Internal Revenue Service-approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-for-profit, non-governmental organization with the mission to addressing socio-economic and health needs of families in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America, particularly those with children who are severely affected by poverty, disease and hunger in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Peru. BRA focuses on improving living conditions of poor populations through the provision of direct services and education, while endeavoring to empower the weak and protect rights, without regard to race, gender, creed, religion, national origin, or social status.
In 2001, BRA Dominicana, Inc. was incorporated in the Dominican Republic as a Dominican-based non-governmental organization, charged by the Batey Relief Alliance’s constitution to carry out its humanitarian mission and implement projects on its behalf. BRA Dominicana operates the organization’s regional headquarters in Santo Domingo with a local Executive Director, technical and administrative staff and Board of Directors; hosts and manages dozens of international volunteers annually; and execute various programs together with the Batey Relief Alliance in the province of Monte Plata. Each year, BRA distributes millions of dollars of in-kind resources to local partner organizations, building its capacity to serve more than 100,000 beneficiaries living in other impoverished and vulnerable rural, urban and border communities.
BRA develops strategic partnerships with local governments, local grassroots groups and the international community to carry out culturally-oriented and income-generating programs in health and HIV/AIDS, food security and agricultural cooperative, nutrition, water and sanitation, micronutrient/deworming, education, women empowerment and microcredit, the art and disaster relief. Financial donations from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations are also solicited and used to defray the costs of BRA’s programs.
BRA operates under the following motto, which embodies the very foundation of the organization: The Batey Relief Alliance brings people together, alleviates sufferings, and saves lives; endeavors to empower the weak and protect rights, without regard to race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, or social status.
In 2011, President Clinton invited BRA to become member of the Clinton Global Initiative. BRA is also member of the Global Health Council; and is affiliated with the NGO Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information.