The British Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that is part of the worldwide network of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement composed of 17 million volunteers active across 191 countries. The British Red Cross Society was established in 1870 and it is run by volunteers and staff actively engaged and driven by seven fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, universality. The Society works following the values of compassion, inclusiveness, dynamism and courage.
Its programs cover different areas and are oriented to assist and protect vulnerable people both in the UK and overseas. Among the services provided by the British Red Cross are social support, help to refugees and asylum seekers, restoring family links, protection of the elderly and support to homeless people.
CARE is an international humanitarian organization founded in 1945 in the United States to deliver emergency packages of food and basic supplies to millions of people in Europe after World War II. CARE International UK was founded in 1985 and it is part of the global CARE International confederation together with other 13 full members.
The organization works in 100 countries in all continents of the world and implements its programs through the support of local and regional offices. Its goal is to fight hunger and meet people’s basic needs while finding long term solutions to reduce poverty, injustice and promote equality.
Concern Worldwide was founded in 1968 in response to the famine that was occurring in Biafra, Nigeria. Over the years the organization became global and focused its work to quickly respond to the many humanitarian crisis happening in the world.
Concern Worldwide works in different countries in Africa, Asia, The Caribbean and the Middle East providing programs on enhancing school education, livelihoods, promoting gender equality, innovation and advocacy. Thus, working for Concern Worldwide means to assist the most vulnerable people across the world. The organization offers jobs and volunteers opportunities both in the UK and overseas.
The World Villages for Children is a faith-based non-governmental organization founded by Father Aloysius Schwartz in the 1960s. The organization provides financial support to charity programs of the Sisters of Mary in countries like South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Brazil. Programs supported by the organization are mainly focused on education for vulnerable children and are implemented through close collaboration and participation of local communities. The organization provides children with food, access to healthcare, shelter and quality of education. To work with the World Villages for Children means that you will not only enhance education and skills of children in need, but you will also engage in helping to transform their future and the lives of their families and communities.
In addition to education programs, the Sisters of Mary works in clinics and hospitals to take care of ill persons in need of urgent medical care and who cannot afford it. The organization already provided support to 150,000 children in six different countries.
Save the Children is one of the world largest non-governmental organizations specialized to assist and protect children and advocate for the rights of the child. The organization was founded in the United Kingdom in 1919 to improve quality of education, health care and economic opportunities for the most vulnerable children and families. Today, Save the Children is made up of 29 national member organizations working in 120 countries worldwide to assist and protect children, helping them to stay safe and healthy while giving them the opportunity to learn.
The organization is also engaged in advocacy and promotion of the rights of the child and it works to respond to worldwide humanitarian crisis as a co-leader of the Global Education Cluster. In the UK, Save the Children focuses its activities in assisting families and their children who live in poverty while providing early learning opportunities and giving them the possibility to realize their full potential. Projects are implemented with the full participation of families and communities helping homes, schools and nurseries to improve condition of children in most need.
Plan International was founded in 1937 with the original name of Foster Parents Scheme for Children in Spain to help children orphaned during the Spanish Civil War. Today, the organization works in more than 50 of the world’s poorest countries in the world implementing charitable activities mainly focused on improving child conditions.
The work of Plan International is focused on enhancing education, providing drinkable water and health care for children but also improving economic empowerment and access to green- sector jobs for the people most in need. Furthermore, the organization is engaged in the fight against child marriage and female genital mutilation and in helping communities to get more resilient when disaster strikes. Plan International is also active in advocacy campaigns to develop better policies for children and their families.
ActionAid International is a charity established in 1973 that works to protect and assist women and girls most in need in the poorest countries of the world. The organization is driven by the values of social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication and it works with people living in extreme poverty and exclusion. The main areas of activities covered by ActionAid programs are the fight against violence towards women and girls, women’s economic empowerment and the promotion of women and girls’ rights in humanitarian crisis.
ActionAid implements activities while responding to immediate needs following humanitarian emergencies but also works to provide long term and sustainable solutions that address the root causes of injustice, poverty and violence. Projects are implemented with the direct participation of communities and are made through different ways to work with affected people through cash transfers, creation of safe spaces for children and community based anti-violence teams, community seed bank, girls’ clubs where girls can learn their rights and safe spaces for women.
Christian Aid is a faith based organization founded by British and Irish churches in 1945 with the primary aim to help refugees following World War II. The organization works as part of a worldwide church community to carry out relief, development and advocacy programs through the collaboration with more than 700 local organizations worldwide.
Christian Aid is a founding member of ACT Alliance which is a coalition of 146 churches and faith-based organizations working in more than 100 countries in the world. Christian Aid runs programs in 37 countries and works with 475 partners at local, national and international level focusing on topics related to emergency response, peace-building, health, land rights, accountability, climate change adaptation and tax justice. The work of the organization is implemented in countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Oxfam is a humanitarian organization founded in 1942 in the UK and today composed of 19 independent non-governmental organizations working worldwide to eradicate extreme poverty. Oxfam’s work is implemented through collaboration with partner organizations at local level aiming to foster trust and respect in the communities supported.
The organization implements programs focused on water and sanitation and emergency response to people affected by conflicts and natural disasters. It works in more than 90 countries around the world to improve health conditions and food security for the most vulnerable, empowering and promoting women rights and reducing the impact of global warming in communities. The organization recognizes the universality and indivisibility of human rights and it is driven by the aim to make positive changes to people’s lives.
HelpAge International was set up by five organizations in Canada, Colombia, UK, Kenya and India in 1983. Today, HelpAge International is a global network of 154 members across 85 countries united to create a fairer world for older people and ensure their safety, health and a dignified life.
The organization works together with local partners in an inclusive way with the ultimate mission to promote the wellbeing and inclusion of older women and men and reduce poverty and discrimination of the elderly. The organization works to protect the elderly and to promote and advocate for their rights and it focused its work on issues that affect older people worldwide such as disaster and risk reduction, climate change, health, rights, social protection, work, older citizen monitoring, life course approach to ageing and fight against HIV/AIDS.