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Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs): Humanitarian


Humanitarian organizations were among the first NGOs founded, some by faith-based organizations. The following list includes selected examples for educational purposes.

Humanitarian NGOs

Action Against Hunger.  Works to save lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and solutions to hunger, food security and livelihoods.

CAREDedicated to ending poverty saving lives & achieving social justice.

Doctors Without Borders. Comprised mainly of doctors and health workers providing assistance to populations in distress and victims of;disasters and armed conflict.

International Medical Corps Assists those in urgent need providing first response  health care and health care-related emergency services.

Islamic Relief Worldwide.  Independent humanitarian and development organization with a presence in over 40 countries across the globe.

International Rescue Committee (IRC). Humanitarian relief and development organization founded at the request of Albert Einstein. Offers emergency aid and assistance to persons displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster.

International Committee of the Red Cross. Helps people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. Mandate stems from the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters combined with development work.

Oxfam International. Works to create solutions for poverty using sustainable development programs, public education, campaigns, advocacy, and humanitarian assistance.

Refugees International.  Advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.

World Jewish ReliefBritish Jewish community humanitarian agency Jewish poverty, primarily in the former Soviet Union.

World VisionGlobal Christian relief, development and advocacy organization working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

Humanitarian NGO Publications

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