If you are planning to support humanitarian missions, whether local or international, it is important that you establish the reputability of the group. Keep in mind that many scams are being run both online and offline. Since you will be putting your money to where your heart is, here is a rundown of 10 altruistic humanitarian missions for the past decade.
10. Supporting the Country’s Military Personnel
In war, casualties cannot be prevented. These include the well-being of the military personnel. These are the men and the women of a country who, despite knowing that enlisting in the service will put their lives at risk, still choose to do so for their country. This is why giving back to the people who are at the front lines of wars and other humanitarian aid efforts is definitely a laudable cause. These people truly deserve the benefits of receiving humanitarian efforts from both individuals and organizations.
9. Global Economy Aid Missions
While some of the most popular humanitarian aid efforts are directed towards third world countries, there are also some focused towards addressing the problems of Americans who suffer from poverty. Debts, extended credits, foreclosures, medical emergencies, and lack of food as well as heat are just some of the major problems of the poor living in the United States. Fortunately, thanks to the local aid missions including the Central Dallas Ministries (Texas), the Dollar Energy Fund (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), the Heat and Warmth Fund (Detroit), and the St. Vincent de Paul (Portland, Oregon), those living under the poverty line are being supported.
8. Charities for Africans suffering from AIDS
In 2009, it was estimated that 22.4 million people living in the sub-Saharan Africa suffer from HIV. This number is roughly about two-thirds of the total individuals living with HIV in the world. With this extremely large number, it is often very hard to imagine that contributions can actually have a positive effect. However, international charity organization AVERT maintains that all contributions, however small it may be, helps improve the prevention, care, and treatment efforts of AIDS. Prevention efforts are the main focus of the organization.
7. Programs for Countering Famine
According to UNICEF, in every 3.6 seconds, one individual dies of hunger. The organization also said that the victim of this is often a child, mainly under the age of 5. Hunger can take place both slowly, through barren soils and withered crops, and swiftly such as through fast-moving disasters. In fact, it is said that climate change is one of the biggest emerging trends in the various humanitarian aid efforts. Most of the time, areas that have been affected by famine are provided with assistance in the form of direct supplies. These are often led by organizations such as the International Red Cross, the World Food Programme, UNICEF, and Oxfam America.
6. Donations for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, which took place in 2010, is one of the world’s largest-scale disasters that surpassed even the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. The spill does not only threaten the different marine and bird life ecosystems, but also many of the Gulf Coast businesses and food chains. The donations that are being given are mostly targeted to the protection of the threatened wildlife and the recovery of the tarnished ecosystems in the area. Greenpeace, Oceana North America, the Center for Biological Diversity, and EarthShare are just some of the organizations that provide environmental support for this disaster.
5. Humanitarian Aid Efforts for Civil Wars
In many developing countries, civil war is one of the greatest impediments to humanitarian aid efforts. Fights between warring factions have the great potential of turning into something so vicious that the act itself of delivering aids and supplies can become life-threatening. However, support is still needed by the people living in these countries, which is why efforts are still continuous despite the dangers associated in civil wars.
4. The Pakistan Floods
Massive flooding is a serious problem in Pakistan, despite its death toll being relatively small compared to the earthquake that took place in the country in 2005. However, a large scale of the population were affected by these floods, which is estimated at around 20 million residents. This has resulted in several humanitarian efforts being focused on providing aid to Pakistanis who were affected by the disasters. Many of these provide support in the form of food, medical supplies, shelter, and clean water. Some of the groups that are spearheading these efforts include AmeriCares, Action Against Hunger, ActioAid, Concern Worldwide, and Mercy Corps.
3. Chile and Haiti Earthquakes
The catastrophic earthquakes that severely affected Chile and Haiti in 2010 brought out the good in many individuals. On the 27th of February 2010, Chile experienced one of the world’s strongest earthquakes ever recorded, at 8.8 on the Richter Scale. This resulted in quick support response from a number of well-known organizations, including Oxfam America, Doctors without Borders, Habitat for Humanity International, and AmeriCares. In Haiti, the groups that led the support efforts included the International Organization for Migration and the American Red Cross.
2. Support for Children Worldwide
In most cases, children are the most vulnerable. Children are often those who are greatly impacted by war and disasters. In a report made by the group Save the Children, there are about 8 million children who die every year before they even reach the age of 5. There are many reasons for this, ranging from malnutrition to disease. Fortunately, thanks to the relief organizations established both local and international, help are being provided to those who are most often helpless in such situations. Aside from the United Nations Children’s Fund and Save the Children, there are other groups that aim to help children, including Children’s Hunger Relief Fund, Children’s Defense Fund, Childcare Worldwide, and ChildFund International.
1. Your Very Own Personal Aid Mission
With thousands of causes that need your help, it is highly possible that the one you would like to take part in is not included in this list. It should not be a cause of concern for you. The most important thing that you need to do is to find the one that best matches what you would like to achieve. To help you ensure that the humanitarian aid mission you would like to work with aims to reach the same goals that you do, it is highly recommended that you use the evaluation services of GiveWell or Charity Navigator. These will help you determine how capable the organization you would like to join is.
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