Our Purpose: The InterAmerican Restoration Corporation
The Inter-American Restoration Corporation came into existence in 2002 to facilitate ministry. The organization’s greatest motivating factor was to improve people’s medical and living conditions in impoverished communities. IRC did this by enlisting and equipping groups of volunteers from the United States to serve those communities through short term mission trips. Members of the IRC board were already heavily involved in short-term missions through TORCH Missions and the two organizations established a partnership to further their goals. Through the two-week trips, both board members and volunteers realized that more help was needed on a full-time basis and projects were born to aid ongoing work in Honduras, Haiti, Guyana, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. We have since expanded our efforts to Africa, working in both Sierra Leona and Monrovia, as well as providing disaster relief within the United States. Our mission as an organization is built on a three-fold strategy – provide resources, build relationships, and restore communities.
Providing Resources | Meet the Basic Need
IRC actively provides resources to impoverished communities through a variety of projects and initiatives, all aimed at meeting people’s basic needs. Whether it’s building a new home high up on a Honduran hillside or filling a shipping container on the U.S. Gulf Coast with medical supplies, everything IRC does is aimed at connecting people with the resources they need to live a better life. Since it launched in 2002, IRC has helped purchase land to build homes, instituted a women’s job skills training program, constructed and staffed a home for vulnerable children, rehabilitated gang members through tattoo removal, and funded a free medical clinic that provides medical care and pharmaceuticals to thousands of patients every year.
Building Relationships | Establish the Human Bond
While providing resources is crucial in raising people’s quality of life, it isn’t the most important element. IRC’s goal is not to solely distribute resources to people in need, but rather to establish relationships with those people built on authenticity and trust. We want them to know that we care for them, and that there are people around the world who care for them. If building a home helps us build a relationship, then that is what we do. It is our sincere conviction that all people matter and no one should have to go without basic resources.
Restoring Communities | Restore the Community Spirit
The ultimate vision of IRC is to see impoverished communities transformed by raising the overall quality of life physically, materially, emotionally, and spiritually. When we set out to begin work in a given area, we begin with the end in mind. That “end” isn’t a hillside dotted with new homes or a line of kids splashing in the water flowing from a freshly dug well. That “end” is a community of people that know they are cared for and haven’t been forgotten by a world that so often neglects the poorest among us. It is doing everything we can do within our power as an organization to help others experience a better quality of life than they have experienced before. And in providing those resources and building those relationships, give them the hope necessary to create opportunities for themselves and their neighbors.