Charities & Support Groups Worldwide
There are many charities, support groups and initiatives across the globe that you can offer your support to... Here's a big list to help you get started!
It's perfectly normal for an expat to want to invest time and effort into local initiatives and charities in your new home, and worldwide, to give something back to the community and individuals living here.
To help you get started with offering your time and support, we've gathered a huge list of charities for you in one place; from childrens charities, to international ones to humanitarian efforts, we're sure you'll find a cause you're completely passionate about and want to help.
Lots of information about each can be found here, so use our chronological guide to help you navigate to what you're looking for.
We hope you find what you're seeking. If you know of any charitable causes that are worldwide that you'd like adding to this list, please email editor at expatwoman dot com to have it featured.
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All As One
All As One is a charity dedicated to providing the orphaned and destitute children of Sierra Leone with a loving home,education,medical care, and a chance for a better future. The children have paid a high price due to war,poverty, HIV/AIDS,and the "conflict" diamond trade.
And TODAY we need your help in the following 3 ways:
Spread the word. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, and others about us. Ask them to consider making a difference for the children in Sierra Leone. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. This encourages us so much and gives us the strength to keep moving forward. Support us with your gifts. We work hard to stretch every dirham as far as it can go.
For over 10 years, Amani Children’s Home has been dedicated to the protection of Tanzania’s most vulnerable population: street children. Amani, which means “peace” in Swahili, was founded by Tanzanians, and over the course of the past decade has rescued hundreds of children from the perils of life on the streets, where they face numerous dangers including malnutrition and abuse.
Amani provides healthy food, education, counseling and medical care for every street child who turns to us for help. When possible, children are reunified with (extended) families.
The Cambodian Children's Charity
Our main purpose is to help children in Cambodia who are either poor or whose parents are not there for them: orphans, street children, children living in poor rural areas and children affected by natural disasters, such as flood or famine. In a country where there is a high rate of child abandonment, we also support programs to help strengthen vulnerable families and keep them together. The administration of the Charity is performed by the Trustees and friends of the Charity and is provided free of charge.
Children's Heart Sugery Fund
Children's Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) is an award-winning charity based in Leeds, United Kingdom. They support the Leeds Congenital Hearts service - which serves the whole of Yorkshire, the Humber and North Lincolnshire.
Their vision is for chidlren to live life, beating heart disease, and to make the Leeds Congenital Hearts unit a world class centre of excellence by providing the funding and resources needed to care for a child's heart, mind, family and future.
Thanks to an abundance of support, CHSF have been able to approve funding for projects totalling millions of GBP in the last few years. From cutting edge equipment, to paying for a fish tank on the ward, they're always on the lookout on how they can help to improve the lives of their young heart patients.
To find out more, visit www.chsf.org.uk
Christina Noble Foundation
The Christina Noble Children's Foundation in Vietnam & Mongolia is a non-profit organisation which is dedicated to helping children in need with education, medical care, social opportunities, and job placement.The Foundation was formally established in Vietnam in 1991 with the construction of a Medical centre for abandoned and malnourished children in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Centre, now a landmark in many children’s lives, is a tribute to Christina Noble’s vision, her courage and unconditional love for children. Since its inception, more than 600,000 children have been supported by initiatives set up by the Foundation.
Clean Up The World
Stop littering and help clean up the world. This is one of the simple mottos of this campagin. It is surprising how much damage just dropping littler can casue on the world. Clean Up the World is a community based environmental campaign that inspires and empowers communities from every corner of the globe to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment.
Now in its 22nd year, Clean Up the World, held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 130 countries annually, making it one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in the world.
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Dempster Family Foundation
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for the growing community of those affected by 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. We do this through partnerships that positively impact greater awareness, education and advocacy.
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Dusit Smiles & Operation Smile
Dusit Smiles is the global charity initiated by Dusit International as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. To heal children’s smiles and make the world a better place, we have partnered with Operation Smile a worldwide organisation that mobilises a force of medical professionals and caring hearts to provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.Through an extensive year-round activity under Dusit Smiles, we are not only supporting operations, but also uplifting awareness among our clients, partners, and employees via training, mission visits, government relations, marketing and public relations, and others.
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The Himalayan Project
The Himalayan Project is a non profit organization dedicated to encourage the cultural preservation of indigenous peopleof the Himalaya through education, community development, and social outreach. THP's primary efforts have been to raise critical support for the renovation and expansion of the only school in the Mt Everest region to go through Grade 12.
The school, originally founded by Sir Edmund Hillary and meant to service about 30 village children, is now attended by hundreds of Sherpa children many of whom trek 3-4 hours a day (each way) to attend classes.
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The International 22Q Foundation Inc.
The Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals affected by the 22q11.2 syndromes through family and professional partnerships. Because of the way our understanding of the 22q11.2 deletion evolved, several different names continue to be used for what we now know to be the same condition, for example DiGeorge Syndrome.
In 2003, very few professionals, let alone parents, had ever heard of their child’s diagnosis commonly called 22q or what the long term outcomes would be for their child.
There was and still is considerable confusion surrounding the numerous clinical names used, but since the creation of the Foundation, the chromosome 22q11.2 syndrome has gained momentum.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Socities founded in 1919 in Paris in the aftermath of World War I.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 189 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers.
The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.The IFRC vision is to inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.
To find out more, visit www.ifrc.org
The International Society of Arboriculture
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) The Trees are Good | International Society of Arboriculture The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) was founded in 1924 and has served the tree care industry for over seventy years as a scientific and educational non-profit organization.
ISA supports tree care around the world and is dedicated to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees. This organization continues to be a dynamic medium through which arborists around the world share their experiences and knowledge for the benefit of society.
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The Little Wings Foundation
The Little Wings Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization, which has been set up by one of the region's prominent paediatric orthopaedic surgeons. We are dedicated to providing medical assistance to children, living in the Middle East and North Africa, who have musculoskeletal deformities.
Children through out the Middle East and North Africa face the challenges of financial hardship in a resource poor environment. Survival, let alone education depend largely on their physical integrity. Many children, born with a deformity to legs or arms can not find the resources to free them from their physical restriction and pursue a childhood everyone deserves. Children in war ridden countries face significant limitations when affected by such deformities. The resources for extensive limb reconstruction are unavailable and often unaffordable to the families involve.
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Mind: For Better Mental Health
Established in 2002 by our Founders, Adrian Brown & Shane Duffy, Maternity Worldwide has been the result of combining the ambitions and frustrations of a small group of professionals who share a great enthusiasm to improve obstetric care for women and reduce maternal mortality in developing countries.
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Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.
We believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We'll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.
To find out more, visit: www.mind.org.uk
Every day around the world, there are children going to bed hungry, families drinking contaminated water, and sick babies in danger. Partner with us to help break the cycle of poverty.
Operation Blessing International is working harder than ever toward ending poverty, but we can’t care for suffering children and families without you. The nonprofit was originally set up to help struggling individuals and families by matching their needs for items (such as clothing, appliances and vehicles).
Rethink Mental Illness.
Register4 is Australia’s first online community for volunteer breast cancer research participants. By joining the community you could help researchers spend less time finding volunteers and more time to find a cure. It’s free to join, confidential and anyone 18 years and over can take part. Researchers speak often of how long it can take to find the right people to participate in their work - it can sometimes take years.
When looking for large groups of women to participate in research projects, the cost to recruit and identify suitable participants can run high. Register4 aims to help cut those costs right down, so that medical research funding can be used more effectively. The more people who join Register4, the fewer delays and the faster researchers can get to work.
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Welome to Rethink Mental Illness. We help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives. Here is just a selection about what we do, and what it means for you.
We believe a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness. Over 40 years ago, one man bravely spoke about his family's experiences of mental illness in a letter to the Times and in the process brought together hundreds to talk about their experiences of mental illness and support each other.
Today we directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone. And we change attitude and policy for millions.
Find out more by visiting: www.rethink.org
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For over 40 years, Samaritan's Purse has done our utmost to go to the aid of the world's poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance.
Our emergency relief programs provide desperately needed assistance to victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine. As we offer food, water, and temporary shelter, we meet critical needs and give people a chance to rebuild their lives. Our community development and vocational programs in impoverished villages and neighborhoods help people break the cycle of poverty and give them hope for a better tomorrow. We impact the lives of vulnerable children through educational, feeding, clothing, and shelter programs that let them know they are not forgotten.
The Sparkle Foundation
Sarah Brook is a woman that everyone needs to hear about. She is the inspirational lady and the magic behind Sparkle Malawi; an orphanage that’s changing the lives of children in Africa. Sarah Founded the Sparkle Foundation, a group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of others. They are creating brighter futures for children in need around the world.
Read more about Sarah here
or find out more about Sparkle Malawi here
Syria Relief was set up in September 2011, as a UK-based Charity (UK Charity Registration Number 1143797), and is bound and governed by all the laws, rules and regulation controlling the work of charitable organizations in the United Kingdom.
It was set up in response to the crisis that has engulfed Syria since March 2011, to provide help and support to Syrian families in need, in Syria and outside it.
Syria Relief is a non-political, non-denominational, non-governmental organization, set up to co-ordinate a number of charitable activities that are taking place in the UK, to provide help and support to Syrian families and individuals in need.
Sunflower Children is a family of local high quality non profit organizations. We strive to help children around the world overcome the burdens of poverty, disease or disability to become healthy, educated, self sustaining, and contributing members of society.
Sunflower’s survival and developmental efforts encompass medical, nutritional, psychological, educational and humanitarian support that nurture survival, health, growth and hope for orphaned, disabled, abandoned, refugee and impoverished children.
Sunflower Children is a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged children around the world gain access to nutrition, medication and education. They currently support 12 projects in 8 countries and each project is customized to suit the needs of the children within that area.
UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. We work for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. We strive for peace and security. We work to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children.
We are part of the Global Movement for Children – a broad coalition dedicated to improving the life of every child. Through this movement, and events such as the United Nations Special Session on Children, we encourage young people to speak out and participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
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The World Food Program
Tworld food programhe World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries. A United Nations agency, WFP pursues a vision of a world where all men, women and children have access to the food they need to live a healthy and active life. In emergencies, WFP is on the ground, delivering food to people who need it the most, saving the lives of children and mothers, as well as victims of conflict and natural disasters.
After the emergency period is passed, WFP aims to prevent hunger through programmes that use food as a tool to build stronger, more food-secure communities, and boost social and economical development at all levels, from education and women’s empowerment, to local employment, healthcare and environmental preservation. As little as one dirham can help provide a nutritious school meal to a hungry child, while 200 dirhams can help feed that child for an entire school year.
World Heart Foundation
The World Heart Federation urges greater action from policy makers, healthcare professionals, patient organizations and individuals to work together to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke, and ensure people all over the world can have longer and better lives.
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The ZB Foundation
Primarily based in Pakistan, the ZB Foundation will aim to target the uncharted medical area of rare metabolic diseases, especially in Northern Pakistan, and over time, become a compelling soldier for the fight against baby/infant deaths and 3rd world standard pediatric medicine and healthcare facilities. The ZB Foundation was set up in the name of a 4 month baby girl who died of Metabolic Disease which could have been detected if she had a New Born Baby Screening Test.
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