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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

10 Best Humanitarian Relief Organizations

Each week, Charity Navigator features a new list of 10 highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week we’re highlighting outstanding humanitarian relief organizations. These charities are hard at work around the world to deliver aid and relief supplies to vulnerable communities. And, all have received our highest rating, 4 stars, which proves their commitment to financial health and accountability and transparency.

Books for Africa
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Working to end the book famine in Africa

Books for Africa has a simple mission: to end the book famine in Africa. They collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to African students of all ages. Books for Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent. To date, they have shipped more than 41 million books to all 54 African countries. In the last year alone, they have shipped nearly 3 million books, 93 computers and e-readers containing 223,000 digital books, and 10 new law and human rights libraries to 18 African countries.

Direct Relief
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Deliver a world of good

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 state and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies -- without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. Their medical aid programs are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Matthew 25: Ministries
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Caring for a needy world with the things we throw away

The mission of Matthew 25: Ministries is to fulfill Matthew 25:34-40 by providing nutritional food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, affordable shelter to the homeless, medical care to the ill, and humanitarian supplies to those in need. Matthew 25 is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization that works locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to help the world’s poorest communities and areas affected by natural disasters. Matthew 25 rescues and reuses products from major corporations and manufacturers to deliver aid around the world.

Vitamin Angels
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Combating malnutrition with lifesaving vitamins for children and mothers in need

Building upon his experience as a midwife and his success in the natural products industry, Howard Schiffer founded Vitamin Angels in 1994. Following the Northridge Earthquake in Southern California in 1994, Schiffer was contacted by a relief agency to provide vitamins to victims. He quickly learned few children who needed vitamins to fend off malnutrition had access to them. Vitamin Angels was founded to address this need. More than 20 years later, Vitamin Angels continues to grow and expand its reach to more mothers and children in need around the world.

☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Health is on the way

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing medicine, medical supplies, and health programs. A deeply collaborative organization, they have built an unrivaled network of local, national, and international partners delivering clinical services, emergency programs, and access to medicine. For nearly 40 years, Americares has responded rapidly and effectively to the need of their local partners in communities in the United States and around the world.

Orphan Grain Train
Relief for human need worldwide

Orphan Grain Train is a nonprofit relief organization and volunteer network founded in the Christian tradition. Grain train gathers donations of clothing, medical supplies, food, Christian literature, and other aid to meet real needs. The organization works to exemplify Christ’s character and believe that it may be in “a word well spoken, sometimes as a bandage well applied, and sometimes as a child well fed.” They work to deliver aid to resources to people in the United States and around the world.

CitiHope Relief & Development
Bringing hope and health

CitiHope seeks, strives, and commits. It seeks to put a healthy life within reach by promoting health, preventing disease, and providing cures to underserved populations worldwide. It strives to uphold the values of stewardship, integrity, and compassion in concrete actions as people of faith. And it commits fiscal transparency and deeply values the trust afforded by its funding agencies, private donors, and corporate partners. CitiHope works in communities around the world to bring medicine, supplies, nutritional support, rational pharmaceutical management training and HIV/AIDS education.

Hope for Haiti
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Connect. Heal. Empower.

By focusing on the school as the center of a community’s nutrition and healthcare, clean water, infrastructure, and economic needs, Hope for Haiti connects, healths, and empowers partners toward sustainability. Hope for Haiti believes in using technology to foster education, human capital, and the economy. Their cutting-edge programs apply concepts including social business, solar power, UV filtration, the use of Electronic Medical Records to efficiently solve problems and improve the quality of life of the Haitian people. Hope for Haiti has been making an impact in Haiti for more than 29 years.

Medical Teams International
We see human suffering as a call not just to open our hearts, but to move our feet

Medical Team International’s goal is to save lives. But they see the people they serve as more than just patients. So, they provide loving care for the whole person: physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. They work with mothers and children around the world to provide maternal and pediatric healthcare services, their mobile dental program provides access to dental care for low-income communities, they provide medical supplies and services in refugees camps around the world, and work in the wake of natural disasters to deliver critical aid and health care.

International Relief Teams
Providing medical and non-medical assistance to the victims of disaster

International Relief Teams (IRT) helps families survive and recover after a disaster by providing timely and effective assistance. IRT also provides a hopeful future for underserved communities through programs that improve their health and well-being. During disasters, IRT deploys medical and reconstruction teams, provides supplies and finances the restoration of necessary infrastructure. And, IRT builds healthy communities through medical training programs, medical missions to low-income countries, and shipments of medicines to rural hospitals. Since 1988, IRTS has provided $6.7 million in volunteer services and $372 million in medicines and supplies to people in 68 countries.

You can use Charity Navigator's Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities providing aid and humanitarian relief around the world.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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Unknown said...

Why isn't Southern Baptist Disaster Relief part of your list. This group goes in after a disaster to provide relief...tree removal, cleaning and gutting houses due to flooding, food services, etc.

Unknown said...

I can vouch for CitiHope International. This NGO has made a tremendous difference in crisis times in many African countries, delivering critically needed medicines to Africa. During the 2009 & 2010 cholera crises in Zimbabwe, CitiHope brought much needed medicine interventions, as did another very reputable NGO with whom I've had the privilege to work with since 2004.

CitiHope International is efficient, very responsive, fast and will do whatever it takes to help. They connect very well with lo cal partners, with whom they engage in a very respectful and professional manner. And I feel honoured to have been part of the team that opened their entry to Africa for the very first time - in 2009, during my time as Program Director of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. Well done CitiHope. Keep up the great work and God bless you. Sherree