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Changing the World for the Better

Thousands of NGOs around the world are making a difference every day. Behind each one there are humanitarian workers and volunteers. They travel to the places where people need help the most. They do this out of compassion and strive to abolish human suffering. Essentially, they are changing the world for the better one step at a time. That’s why we wanted to share some of the incredible work humanitarian NGOs do each day. This is but a small sample of where compassion can take us!

Helping Victims of War

War and conflict are some of the scariest things that can happen in a person’s lifetime. The majority of the victims in conflict zones are civilians, and innocent lives are lost. At the same time, people lose access to their basic needs. These include shelter, healthcare, education, employment, and much more. In the midst of this, humanitarian workers often risk their own lives to save others. One incredible example of this is the White Helmets. This NGO is comprised of unarmed volunteers who rush to the rescue during the ongoing aerial attacks in Syria. They save lives no matter the religion or political views of the victims. Additionally, they provide public services to millions of people around the country. Let’s celebrate these incredible men and women!

Battling Poverty

Nearly half of the world’s population lives in poverty. Let that sink in… This means they are living on $2.50 per day or less. In fact, 1.3 billion people live on half of that amount daily. This means not only that they are deprived of luxuries and entertainment, but also of their basic needs. For example, entire families may not have shelter, proper nutrition, clothing, or many more items we just take for granted. Education and healthcare are also out of their reach. That’s why many NGOs work to battle poverty. For example, The Hunger Project takes on a big mission: “a world where every woman, man, and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity.” This not-for-profit runs programs in over 16,000 communities in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

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Helping Children in Need

Millions of children around the world live in poverty. Many of them do not have access to education, healthcare, or community protection. Additionally, they are the most vulnerable when it comes to exposure to risks such as violence and slave labor. The good news is that children’s rights and welfare are an important global priority. They play a big part in the current Sustainable Development Goals, and NGOs around the world work to help children in need. One to highlight is the Smile Foundation. Currently, they support over 600,000 children across the country as well as their families. This NGO’s main focus is to promote access to education. However, they do so through an integrated approach which involves the childrens’ families.

Delivering Disaster Relief

Natural disasters claim thousands of lives each year. In the 21st century, technology has allowed scientists to actively predict earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and many other disasters. Yes, others remain unpredictable. On the other hand, even if they are, the measures in place are often insufficient to prevent human suffering as a result. And when disaster hits and people suffer, help is necessary. That’s where disaster relief organizations come in. The likes of the International Red Cross and the UNHCR deploy teams across the globe to help those in need. ShelterBox is another example. Since disasters often rob people of their homes, ShelterBox works to rebuild them. They provide emergency housing, as well as tools and resources for disaster victims to find temporary shelters or build new permanent homes.

Accessing Clean Water

Today, 2.1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. This can have detrimental effects on their health and well-being including chronic and fatal diseases. Lack of access to water also means higher vulnerability when it comes to epidemics. Additionally, communities without clean water are forced to find it even if it means walking for hours or spending the majority of their income to do so. In order to provide clean drinking water to everyone, NGOs around the world implement Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation (WASH) projects. An example out of Ghana is an organization called Well Constructed. Their goal is to provide access to clean drinking water to as many people as possible. For this, they construct wells in communities that need them. In order to ensure sustainability, they take on a community-centered approach. Well Constructed involves community members at each step of the way and teaches them to operate and maintain the wells.

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