Established in 1997 in the United States as a 501c3 tax-exempt humanitarian aid organization , the BATEY RELIEF ALLIANCE—BRA works closely with key international donors/partners committed to positive social change in the developing world. In 2000, BRA created its regional arm, BRA DOMINICANA, a Dominican-based non-governmental organization (NGO) charged to help carry out the mission of the Batey Relief Alliance inside the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The Batey Relief Alliance is a member of the Global Health Council and is associated with the Department of Public Information—NGO of the United Nations.
The BATEY RELIEF ALLIANCE’s operation in New York is completely virtual, drastically eliminating high overhead costs, and uses very little amount of paper to do its work, making it environmentally friendly.
The BATEY RELIEF ALLIANCE’S humanitarian work is health-oriented and is carried out internationally by collaborating with local grassroots organizations and government agencies through direct services and education. Each year, BRA secures millions of dollars in in-kind resources for its many projects implemented inside the Dominican Republic’s bateyes, and distributing part to its local partners raising their capacity to deliver improved services to impoverished communities they serve throughout the country. Financial donations from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations are also solicited and used to defray the costs of BRA’s programs. In addition to these, BRA implements projects inside the United States’ New York raising public awareness, through international conferences and education, about its humanitarian effort, and issues of inequity, racial intolerance, human rights, and HIV/AIDS.