One of the purest hopes for this work is to inspire action. Throughout the world, there are many humanitarian organizations that work towards improvement and resolution in the areas of need that are highlighted within this book: hunger, poverty, malnutrition and human trafficking, among others. We have taken the opportunity to assemble these organizations with the hope that you will act, for the greater good of our very fragile human condition.

Action Against Hunger / ACF International is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. Recognized as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, ACF works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, ACF runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

Categories of Need

Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Assistance

Food Security, Agriculture and Water

www.actionagainsthunger.org

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Categories of Need

Food Security, Agriculture and Water

Indigenous Groups and Pastoralists

IDP’s

www.care.org

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. CRS seeks to alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS implements programs in emergency response, development and peace-building.

Categories of Need

Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Assistance

Food Security, Agriculture and Water

Poverty, Disease and Human Trafficking

Shelter and Street Life

Immigration

Natural Disasters

www.crs.org

The Global Fund for Children’s mission is to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world. GFC pursues its mission by making small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. These grassroots groups are finding solutions to some of the most difficult challenges facing marginalized children including living on the street, being out-of-school, being forced into armed conflict, and being transplanted due to natural disasters or regional turmoil.

GFC made its first grants in 1997 using royalties from its children’s book publishing venture. Since then, GFC’s grantmaking capacity has grown dramatically, from $3,000 in 1997 to approximately $3.3 million during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Since 1997, GFC has distributed close to $15 million in grants to more than 375 groups in seventy-two countries worldwide.

Categories of Need

Indigenous Groups and Pastoralists

Poverty, Disease and Human trafficking

Shelter and Street Life

Conflict and Child Soldiers

IDP’s

Refugees

Natural Disasters

www.globalfundforchildren.org/

The International Institute for Environment and Development is a global leader in sustainable development. Their mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence, in partnership with others.

As an independent international research organization, IIED staff are specialists in linking local to global. In Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Pacific, they work with some of the world’s most vulnerable people to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them — from village councils to international conventions. Through close collaboration with partners at the grassroots, IIED makes research and advocacy relevant to their needs and alive to their realities.

Partnerships are key to the way IIED works: they keep our approach fresh and dynamic around the world. By forging alliances with individuals and organizations ranging from urban slum-dwellers to global institutions, IIED ensures that national and international policy reflects the agendas of marginalized people. IIED also advises governments, business and international development agencies and publishes widely.

At a time when swift change is the norm, IIED finds solutions to the shifting array of challenges by focusing on five big issues: Climate Change, Governance, Human Settlements, Natural Resources and Sustainable Markets.

Categories of Need

Food Security, Agriculture and Water

Indigenous Groups and Pastoralists

Shelter and Street Life

IDP’s

Refugees

Immigration

Natural Disasters

www.iied.org

SOS Sahel UK exists to find meaningful solutions to the poverty and vulnerability experienced by millions of people across the drylands of the African Sahel (West to East Africa).

It wants to see the herders and farmers of the Sahel influence the decisions that affect their lives, and have control over the natural and economic resources they need for a secure and fulfilling life.

In Sudan, its program focuses on strengthening civil society and supporting peace-building through activities such as capacity building of community groups, improvements in water supply and forest management, and influencing policy in favor of marginalized groups.

Categories of Need

Food Security, Agriculture and Water

Indigenous Groups and Pastoralists

Conflict and Child Soldiers

www.sahel.org.uk

“The United States Association for UNHCR (USA for UNHCR) supports the UN Refugee Agency’s humanitarian work to protect and assist refugees around the world. We striveto meet the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people, building support and awareness in the United States for UNHCR’s life-saving relief programs.

The UN Refugee Agency—a two-time Nobel Peace Prize winner—provides protection, shelter, emergency food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to 32 million people worldwide, who have been forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution. When possible, UNHCR helps refugees and other displaced people return to their homes voluntarily, safely and with dignity.

Since its formation by the United Nations General Assembly on December 14, 1950, UNHCR has helped an estimated 50 million refugees restart their lives. Today the agency is the lead humanitarian organization on the scene in 117 countries around the world.”

Categories of Need

Shelter and Street Life

Conflict and Child Soldiers

IDP’s

Refugees

www.unrefugees.org

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, they get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, they use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.

WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.

Born in 1962, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. They work towards that vision with our sister UN agencies in Rome—the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)—as well as other government, UN and NGO partners.

In 2009, they aim to reach more than 100 million people with food assistance in 74 countries. Around 10,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.

Categories of Need

Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Assistance

Food Security, Agriculture and Water

Poverty, Disease and Human Trafficking

Conflict and Child Soldiers

IDP’s

Regugees

Natural Disaster

www.wfp.org