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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Top 10 International Development & Relief Organizations

Every Tuesday, Charity Navigator publishes a new Top 10 list featuring charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week we’re highlighting the ten best international relief and development organizations.

These charities are working on issues like education, health, nutrition, and medical care in developing countries around the world. They are committed to delivering high-quality services in under-resourced communities while maintaining the highest standards for financial health and accountability and transparency.

Asha for Education
Bringing hope through education

Founded in 1991, Asha for Education is a secular organization dedicated to causing a socio-economic change in India by focusing on access to basic education. Asha believes that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. As of 2015, there are over 50 Asha chapters worldwide including US, Canada, Europe, and India. The organization has more than 1,000 active volunteers and several thousand supporters around the world. To date, Asha has supported more than 400 different projects spanning more than 24 states in India. Since its inception, Asha for Education has disbursed more than $32 million dollars which benefited thousands of disadvantaged children and youth.

Association for India’s Development
Courage. Commitment. Change.

The Association for India's Development is a volunteer movement committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development in India. The Association supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates programmatic efforts among organizations in interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources including land, water and energy, agriculture, health, women's empowerment, and social justice. Founded in 1991, Association for India’s Development has 36 chapters in the United States, approximately 1,000 volunteers, has supported and completed 365 projects, and has 100 ongoing projects.

Global Greengrants Fund
Protect. Restore. Transform.

Founded in 1993, to support grassroots projects and policy for social environmental justice around the world, Global Greengrants Fund works through a network of more than 120 on-the-ground volunteer advisors to locate dynamic, effective projects in environmental justice, preservation, and policy; Greengrants has donated $24 million to 129 developing countries. The Fund aims to serve the poorest countries of the world. Poor, rural and indigenous communities not only suffer most the consequences of shifts in rainfall, rising seas, and increased climate variability, they are also the most vulnerable due to economic and environmental policies of the countries in which they live. Greengrants provides grants to help communities navigate these difficult times and build sustainable support systems for the future.

Hope for Haiti’s Children
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Making a difference… one child at a time

Hope For Haiti's Children is a faith-based organization founded in 1995, in order to demonstrate Christian compassion to poverty-bound Haitian children and their families, providing opportunities for these children to become leaders in their homes, churches, and communities. Today, there are over 1,600 children sponsored in ten different schools associated with churches in central and southern Haiti. Currently, Hope for Haiti's Children averages 100 new students per year to the Child Education Sponsorship program. The organization follows a sustainable approach in this work, having established an in-country network of trusted local Christian educators, business leaders, and other professionals who carry out the day-to-day operations.

India Development and Relief Fund, Inc.
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Bringing sustainable socio-economic development to remote parts of India since 1988

India Development and Relief Fund, Inc.'s mission is to empower marginalized people with skills, services, and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development. They provide support for programs that improve education, healthcare, women’s empowerment, governance, and eco-friendly livelihoods at the grassroots level in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Moreover, the Fund converts natural disasters into opportunities for long-term development of the affected communities. Their programs are implemented by carefully-vetted and experienced local nonprofit partners.

Kids Alive International
Dedicated to rescuing kids around the world

Kids Alive International is a Christian faith-based organization dedicated to rescuing orphans and vulnerable children; meeting their spiritual, physical, educational, and emotional needs; and, raising them to be contributing members of their society. Founded in 1916, Kids Alive International began providing homes for homeless children in developing countries around the world. Since that time, Kids Alive has expanded to include children’s care centers and schools. These programs provide orphans and abandoned children with an education, clothing, food, medical care (when needed), and access to Christian teachings.

Meds & Food for Kids
Saving the lives of Haiti’s malnourished children

Meds & Food for Kids is committed to saving the lives of Haiti's malnourished children and other nutritionally vulnerable people. They accomplish their mission by developing, producing, and distributing highly nutritious foods, including the gold-standard Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food. The organization makes their food products in Haiti, using Haitian workers and, whenever possible, Haitian raw materials. Haitians call their products “Medika Mamba,” or “Peanut Butter Medicine” in Creole.

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
Identifying and treating every child in the Middle East in need of specialized surgery

The Palestine Children's Relief Fund is a non-political organization established in 1991, by concerned people in the U.S. to address the medical and humanitarian crisis facing Palestinian youth in the Middle East. The main objective of the Fund is to identify and treat every child in the Middle East in need of specialized surgery not available to them locally. They locate, sponsor and run volunteer medical missions to the Middle East in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial surgery, pediatric urology, ophthalmology, vascular surgery, pediatric orthopedic surgery, occupational therapy, and other specialties. Since its founding, over 800 children have been, or currently are being treated, outside of the Middle East through the Fund.

Friends Without a Border
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Healing children, healing Asia

Friends Without A Border was established in 1995, to construct and to operate Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia. Since it opened in 1999, the hospital has provided free, compassionate medical care to more than 1.6 million children. Working closely with Cambodia's Ministry of Health, the hospital is recognized as an official teaching hospital and is the largest facility outside of the capital providing anti-retroviral treatment to HIV/AIDS patients. In 2011, Friends Without a Border expanded its impact by supporting The Lake Clinic, a boat-based health delivery organization which serves the deprived floating village populations on Cambodia's Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia's largest lake. While continuing financial support to hospital and clinic, the organization opened Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR in February 2015, with an aim to replicate the successful model of Treatment + Education + Prevention achieved at the hospital.

Cambodian Children’s Fund
Providing life-changing education, nourishment, and healing

Cambodian Children's Fund transforms the country's most impoverished kids into tomorrow's leaders, by delivering education, family support and community development programs into the heart of Cambodia's most impoverished communities. The Fund believes that with the right education and support, one child has the potential to lift an entire family out of poverty and that a generation of educated children has the power to change a whole society. Through intensive, long-term investments in children, the Fund is helping students build the skills, confidence, and integrity they need to become the progressive spokespeople and leaders of change in their community.

You can learn more about these organizations and find even more highly-rated charities working on international development and relief issues using Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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