LIST OF RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS
Action Against Hunger (AAH)
Develops and runs emergency programs in nutrition, health, water and food security for countries
in need. Also provides disaster preparedness programs with the goal of anticipating and
preventing humanitarian crises.
CARE is one of the world's largest private international humanitarian organizations, committed to
helping families in poor communities improve their lives and achieve lasting victories over
poverty. Founded in 1945 to provide relief to survivors of World War II, CARE quickly became a
trusted vehicle for the compassion and generosity of millions.
Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service
organisations working to build a better world, especially for the poor and oppressed, in over 200
countries and territories.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS - USCC)
Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to
assist the poor and disadvantaged outside the country. Working through local offices and an
extensive network of partners, CRS operates on 5 continents and in over 90 countries. They aid
the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging these people to help
with their own development. Together, this fosters secure, productive, just communities that
enable people to realize their potential.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders delivers medical help to populations endangered by war, civil strife,
epidemics or natural disasters. Each year over 2,000 volunteer doctors representing 45
nationalities work worldwide in front-line hospitals, refugee camps, disaster sites, towns and
villages providing primary health care, performing surgery, vaccinating children, operating
emergency nutrition and sanitation programs and training local medical staff.
Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN)
Independently funded organization based in Dublin, Ireland UK. Works to improve the
effectiveness of emergency food and nutrition interventions by providing a means of information
exchange between field staff, humanitarian institutions, academics and researchers.
Food For The Hungry International (FHI)
Food For The Hungry is an international relief and development organization of Christian
motivation, committed to working with poor people to overcome hunger and poverty through
integrated self-development and relief programs.
Hunger Plus, Inc.
Not-for-profit relief agency that provides food and related supplies for emergency use. Partners
with individuals, NGOs, government agencies, church and civic groups. Projects in self
sufficiency focus on food preservation, agriculture, water, health, education, housing and
InterAction is a coalition of over 150 US-based non-profit organizations which are usually the
first to respond to a crisis. InterAction coordinates and promotes relief aid programs. With more
than 160 members operating in every developing country, they work to overcome poverty,
exclusion and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
The ICRC, independent of all governments and international organizations, endeavors to promote
international humanitarian law and the fundamental human values underlying that law. The ICRC
was founded by Geneva citizens in 1863 and has its headquarters in Geneva.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The IFRC is one part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which
comprises National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Red
Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the Federation), and the ICRC. The IFRC is the permanent
liaison body of the National Societies and acts as their representative internationally. It organizes
and coordinates international disaster response in support of the actions of the affected National
Societies, encourages the creation of new National Societies and assists them in developing their
structures and programs. The IFRC Secretariat in Geneva is staffed by more than 245 people of
some 30 different nationalities.
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and
society. As an intergovernmental body, IOM acts with its partners in the international community
to: Assist in meeting the operational challenges of migration; Advance understanding of
migration issues; Encourage social and economic development through migration; Uphold the
human dignity and well-being of migrants.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is the voluntary organization involved in
resettlement assistance, global emergency relief, rehabilitation, and advocacy for refugees. The
IRC delivers lifesaving aid in emergencies, rebuilds shattered communities, cares for wartraumatized children, rehabilitates health care, water and sanitation systems, reunites separated
families, restores lost livelihoods, establishes schools, trains teachers, strengthens the capacity of
local organizations and supports civil society and good-governance initiatives. For refugees
afforded sanctuary in the United States, IRC offices across the country provide a range of
assistance aimed at helping new arrivals get settled, adjust and acquire the skills to become selfsufficient. Committed to restoring dignity and self-reliance, the IRC is a global symbol of hope
and renewal for those who have taken flight in search of freedom.
Lutheran World Federation
Specializing in emergency relief linked to disaster preparedness (risk management) and
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
Relief and development arm of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches.
MCC sends people, food and material goods to communities recovering from war and natural
Mercy Corps (MC)
Nonprofit organization providing emergency relief and supporting development programs in
agriculture, economic development, health, housing and infrastructure, and strengthening local
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
Oxfam is a development and relief agency working to end poverty. Oxfam International is a
confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100
countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.
Refugees International generates lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection for displaced
people around the world and works to end the conditions that create displacement. Refugees
International advocates for refugees through diplomacy and the press.
Founded in 1990, Relief International provides emergency, rehabilitation and development
services that empower beneficiaries in the process. RI’s programs include health, shelter
construction, education, community development, agriculture, food, income-generation, and
Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for
children in need in the United States and around the world. It is a member of the International
Save the Children Alliance, comprising 27 national Save the Children organizations working in
more than 100 countries to ensure the well-being of children. Save the Children responds to any
emergency that puts at great risk the survival, protection, and well-being of significant numbers
of children, where addressing the needs and well-being of those children is beyond the indigenous
coping capacity, and where Save the Children is able to mobilize the financial and human
resources to take urgent action on their behalf.
The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
OFDA is the office within USAID responsible for providing non-food humanitarian assistance in
response to international crises and disasters. Responsible for facilitating and coordinating U.S.
Government emergency assistance overseas and to provide humanitarian assistance to save lives,
alleviate human suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of natural and man-made
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
While working to ensure the survival, protection and development of children and advocating a
high priority for them in the allocation of resources at all times, UNICEF continues to give relief
and rehabilitation assistance in emergencies. The agency was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The UNHCR provides protection and assistance to the world's refugees. Today, the UNHCR is
one of the world's principal humanitarian agencies, with headquarters in Geneva, and offices in
some 115 countries. More than 80 percent of UNHCR's 5,000-member staff work in the field,
often in isolated, dangerous and difficult conditions. The UNHCR has twice been awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize for its work.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
OCHA is mandated to mobilize and coordinate the collective efforts of the international
community, in particular those of the UN system, to meet in a coherent and timely manner the
needs of those exposed to human suffering and material destruction in disasters and emergencies.
US Committee for Refugees (USCR)
Provides aid and resources for refugees worldwide..
World Vision International
World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children
and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty.
In addition to these resources, ReliefWeb (http://www.reliefweb.int/) provides a comprehensive
Directory of Humanitarian Organisations.
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