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Emergency Relief for Disasters and Refugees
Help victims of the Pakistani earthquake, hurricanes, African famine, Iraq and elsewhere

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     Please note: It is important to respond to immediate disasters. Still, we should not lose sight of pressing needs around the world. Many of the groups below address this.
     Please also consider Volunteering and Donating for Ongoing Needs and More Info on Accountability.
To learn more about very recent disasters, you can visit the websites on this web page (below), nytimes.com, abcnews.com, CNN.com and other media websites.

Donating and Volunteering (Agencies in the USA):
     For most, you can donate by secure on-line credit card form, mail or phone. Some also accept supplies for the victims. You can earmark help for a specific disaster or let the organization use it where most needed.
     Those with an asterisk (*) receive an "A" or "B" grade from the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), based on their August 2005
Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report. Others also may do good work. We recommend that you see AIP's coverage of charities  working on current disasters - linked from their home page. See also our coverage of Wise Giving to Charities.
     The US Treasury Dept. provides information to help you avoid giving to charities linked to terrorism.

Groups on this page:

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Helping Iraq Recover:
All Our Children
Participating organizations are:
Church World Service
Jubilee Partners
Lutheran World Relief
Mennonite Central Committee
National Council of Churches
Oxfam America
Stop Hunger Now
     This is a campaign by North Americans to provide critical health care to vulnerable children in Iraq. The goal is to raise one million dollars for basic health needs. It has reliable ways to bring aid to those in need. Public participation and help are channeled through the above participating organizations.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD  20904
Phone: 1-800-424-2372
Website: www.adra.org/

     "Currently one of the leading non-governmental relief organizations in the world. In 1997, was granted General Consultative Status by the United Nations, a unique opportunity giving it an added voice in the international community. In 1998 alone it assisted more than 18 million people with more than US $133 million in aid. More than 4,000 ADRA staff members currently work in more than 120 countries worldwide. As new challenges and needs arise, ADRA continues to strive to realize its mission of reflecting God's love through compassionate acts of humanitarian service."

     This site contains information on how to donate to help children in need. It has various articles about the organization and upcoming events. Impressive graphics on the site make it easy to navigate. 

Agency for International Development
Ronald Reagan Building
Washington D.C. 20523-1000
1-202-712-4810 or 1-202-712-0000
Website: www.usaid.gov/

     "The United States has a long history of extending a helping hand to people overseas struggling to make a better life, recovering from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country. The site "includes a list of groups working for specific disasters. The U.S. Agency for International Development is the U.S. federal government agency that implements America's foreign economic and humanitarian assistance programs."
     It covers many aspects of helping countries recovering from disasters, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reform. Information on the site is easy to find.
     It provides humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to the people of Iraq - to save lives, alleviate suffering, and mitigate the impact of emergency situations. -SLG 

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American Friends Service Committee (AFSC): A*
1501 Cherry St.,
Philadelphia, Pa 19102
Phone: 1-215-241-7000
Fax: 1-215-241-7275
[email protected]
Website: www.afsc.org/
     "A Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Founded in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian victims during World War I, today AFSC has programs that focus on issues related to economic justice, peace-building and demilitarization, social justice, and youth in the United States and in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. "
     Information is available in the form of videos, articles, periodicals, newsletters, and books. It also contains information on how to volunteer or find a job. Offers  lots of information on services it performs all over the world.-VCS
     Iraqi relief program focuses on providing clean water and providing basic hygiene supplies to promote human dignity. -SLG

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
     Aids Jews in distress overseas on behalf of American Jewry; does so in a non-partisan and apolitical way. Reaches out to Jews in countries in the midst of political turmoil and crisis and is regarded as an honest broker by all sides.
     The website offers information on current projects on which they are working, offering aid to Jews all over the world, as well as non-sectarian programs.-VCS
     JDC is collecting funds to assist victims of the Iraqi conflict, especially dislocated civilians. -SLG

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American Jewish World Service: A*
45-West 36th Street, 10th floor
New York, NY  10018
Phone: 1-800-889-7146 or 1-212-792-2900
Fax: 1-212-792-2930
[email protected]
Website: www.ajws.org/

     "Contributions provide emergency food, shelter, medical supplies and equipment, water purification and sanitation services to people around the world. "
     Provides non-sectarian, humanitarian support, technical assistance and emergency relief throughout the developing world. -VCS
     The site contains information on how to volunteer or donate.
     The organization is collecting funds to assist in humanitarian relief efforts for civilians affected in Iraq.

American Red Cross: (ARC): A-*
2025 E St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
[email protected]
Website: www.redcross.org/
A humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies."
     The mission of ARC Disaster Services is to ensure nationwide disaster planning, preparedness, community disaster education and mitigation. Responds to situations that cause human suffering or create human needs that those affected cannot alleviate without assistance. An independent, humanitarian, voluntary organization, not a government agency. -VCS
     The site has a virtually limitless source of information on how to help causes such as the Armed Forces Emergency Services, Biomedical Services, Disaster Services, Health and Safety Services, International Services, Nursing, and Youth Involvement.
     It is actively involved in Iraq, providing and coordinating humanitarian relief efforts, among many other functions. -SLG 
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American Refugee Committee (ARC): A+*
International Headquarters
430 Oak Grove St., Suite 204
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Phone: 1-612-872-7060
Fax: 1-612-607-6499
[email protected]
Website: www.archq.org/
     "Since 1978 ARC has been working for the survival, health, and well-being of uprooted people. Seeks to enable them to rebuild productive lives of dignity and purpose, striving always to respect the values of those served."
     Covers information from how to become a donor and volunteer to providing links to ARC program sites.
       Offers information on various programs it is running and has run, a list of events it is sponsoring and more. -VCS
       Emergency efforts in Iraq include providing food, shelter, water, sanitary facilities and medical care; it needs your generous support! -SLG  

AmeriCares Foundation: B*
88 Hamilton Ave
Stamford, CT 06902
Phone: 1-800-486-4357
Website: www.americares.org/
     "AmeriCares Foundation is a non-profit, disaster-relief and humanitarian aid organization. It provides immediate response to emergency medical needs and supports long-term health-care programs, regardless of race, creed, or political persuasion. "
     It has already delivered more than $2 billion of life-saving medicines and relief supplies to needy people, both in the United States and 118 other countries.
     AmeriCares' site contains information about volunteer and employment opportunities. It offers descriptions of various international and domestic programs.
     It is assisting relief in Iraq by supplying medical aid to Iraqi hospitals. -SLG 

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Baptist World Aid
of Baptist World Alliance
405 North Washington Street
Falls Church, VA  22406
Phone: 1-703-790-8980
Fax: 1-703-893-5160
[email protected]
     "The Aid organization is an arm of the Baptist World Alliance, supporting famine and refugee relief, projects leading to self sufficiency and sustainable development and fellowship assistance. All projects and relief are irrespective of tribe, caste, color or religion."

Brother's Brother Foundation: B-*
1200 Galveston Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Phone: 1-412-321-3160
Fax: 1-412-321-3325
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.brothersbrother.org/
     "Since its founding in 1958, BBF has donated more than $800 million dollars of needed resources to more than 40 million people in more than100 countries on five continents.
  Its programs include medical, education and food assistance and agricultural assistance. "
     BBF's programs include medical, education, food and agricultural assistance. The website provides information on current programs all over the world, and information on how to donate to or volunteer with their organization.

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151 Ellis St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 1-404-589-2651
[email protected]
Website: www.care.org/
     "CARE provides developmental and emergency aid that reaches  tens of millions of people each year in more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Founded in the aftermath of World War II, CARE enabled Americans to send more than 100 million CARE Packages® to survivors of the conflict in Europe and Asia.  For more than 50 years, CARE has been a vehicle of American generosity abroad."
     CARE's programs seek to help poor families obtain this security. CARE seeks a world of tolerance and social justice, where people have overcome poverty and live in dignity and security. Offers "marketplace", where the organization sells books and other things to raise money for its organization.
     CARE has been working in Iraq from 1991 and remained there throughout the war. It has delivered clean water to 25,000 people in areas west of Baghdad and is helping malnourished children. -SLG 

Catholic Relief Services: A-*
209 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 1-410-625-2220
[email protected]
Website: www.catholicrelief.org/
     Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and disadvantaged overseas.  Catholic Relief Services responds to natural and man-made disasters, provides assistance to the poor to alleviate immediate needs and involves people and communities in their own development. -VCS
     Catholic Relief Services gives assistance in meeting human needs abroad and also promotes just and socially responsible policies. It presents information to all people on how to help the organization.
     It is one of the top five agencies working in Iraq,  providing food, medicine and support to its people through their partner, Caritas Iraq. -SLG  

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Christian Children's Fund: A*
2821 Emorywood Pkwy.
Box 26484
Richmond, VA 23294
Phone: 1-880-776-6767
     "Christian Children's Fund currently assists more that 2.5 million children in 30 countries, including the United States, regardless of race, creed, nationality or gender. Since its founding, it has provided more than $1.6 billion of services to children and their communities. It's programs involve safe water, immunizations, better nutrition, educational assistance, literacy courses and skills training. "
     The Christian Children's Fund helps prevent malnutrition and unsanitary problems suffered by our children. It is no longer hard to navigate. The website offers an in-depth explanation of  what it does and offers many ways to get involved, the most prominent being its sponsor a child program.
     It is establishing a child focused protection program for Iraqi children affected by the war. -SLG 

Church World Service: A-*
28606 Phillips St.
Box 968
Elkhart, IN  46515
Phone: 1-800-297-1516
[email protected]
     "Church World Service works with churches and organizations in more than 80 countries, attempting to provide aid and foster self-reliance for those in need. CWS works worldwide in programs of social and economic development, emergency response, assistance to refugees, education and advocacy, and ecumenical relationships. Within the U.S., Church World Service assists communities respond to disasters, resettle refugees, promote fair national and international policies and provide educational resources. "
     Church World Service gives information on world-wide programs like the Emergency Response Office, Immigration and Refugee Program, Impacting Public Office, Agricultural Missions, and the International Justice and Human Rights Office. Provides information on helping CWS, such as donations to planting seeds around the world.
     The organization is participating in the "All Our Children" campaign (Iraq) to address critical ongoing health needs of Iraqi children for medicines such as antibiotics, as well as anesthesia, IV solution kits, and other essential items.

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Direct Relief International: B+*
27 South La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Phone: 1-805-964-4767
[email protected]
     " Provides medical support with new and used medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and supplies to more than 3,000 charitable health facilities worldwide. It seeks to provide assistance to health institutions and health projects that serve the poor and victims of natural and civil disasters, without regard to political affiliation, religious belief or ethnic identity. "
     The site allows easy navigation with a table of contents. It provides information on events involving disaster services, medical supplies, and health programs.
     The relief effort in Iraq concerns humanitarian medical needs. This organization is working in collaboration with several others, also referenced on this site. -SLG 

Doctors of the World USA: A*
375 West Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 1-212-226-9890 or 1-888-817-HELP
E-mail: [email protected]
     "Doctors of the World is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers and private donors in order to provide medical care to the world's most vulnerable people."
     The site describes programs dedicated to easing the suffering of people around the world. It offers people the opportunity to contribute to the group's goals.

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Doctors Without Borders USA: A*
333 7th Ave, 2nd floor
New York, NY  10001
Phone: 1-212-679-6800
Fax: 1-212-679-7016

[email protected]
     "Médecins Sans Frontières" (also known as Doctors Without Borders or MSF) delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters and to those lacking health care from social or geographical isolation. MSF provides assistance without regard to race, religion, creed, or political affiliation.
     The site provides press releases, news updates, and special reports on current events all around the world.
     It is actively involved in providing medical assistance to hospitals throughout Iraq. The current medical status of Iraqi hospitals is summarized on the website. -SLG 

Episcopal Relief and Development
815 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129
Website: www.er-d.org/ 

Food for the Hungry: B*
1224 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ  85260
Phone: 1-800-248-6437 or 1-480-998-3100
[email protected]
        A Christian relief and development organization dedicated to meeting physical and spiritual needs around the world. It seeks to assist the poor overcome hunger and poverty through integrated self-development and relief programs. Relief efforts include African famines, Southeast Asian typhoons, Central American earthquakes and floods in the United States.
        Food for the Hungry provides opportunities to help a child rise out of poverty, despair, and hopelessness with proper nutrition, an education and a way to speak out to God.
        The website contains helpful information about getting involved and supporting through long or short term volunteering, donations and other means. -SLG 

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Heart to Heart International
318 Lyons-Harrison Research Building
701 South 19th St.
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0007
Phone: 1-205-934-8085
Fax: 1-205-975-6535
Website: www.uab.edu/hearttoheart/home.htm
       This nonprofit organization helps children in the developing world with 
congenital heart defects.  It bring children needing surgery to the United States for treatment through a network of participating physicians and hospitals donating care and services.
       It seeks to reduce the impact of childhood cardiovascular disease on world health through programs that save lives and promote systemic change in developing countries.
      Heart to Heart provides opportunities for people to participate in fellowship and internship programs in order to advance in the field of cardiology. (The web page hasn't been updated since 1997.) -VCS

(The American Council for Voluntary International Action)
1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 701
Washington, DC  20036
Phone: 1-202-667-8227
[email protected]
Website: www.interaction.org/
     "InterAction is the USA's largest coalition of international development, disaster relief and refugee assistance agencies. To increase efficiency, it coordinates activities of more than 150 US-based non-profit organizations, which include both secular and religious groups. "
Formed in 1984, InterAction effectively advocates strengthening the ability of people in developing countries to become self-reliant. Its members' programs provide aid in areas including economic development, health, education, relief to victims of disasters and wars, assisting refugees, advancing human rights, protecting the environment, addressing population concerns, advocating for more just public policies and increasing understanding and cooperation between people. Women, who comprise 70 percent of the world’s poor, are central to many of these programs, and special efforts are made to promote women’s participation and equity.-VCS
InterAction works to ease human suffering and to achieve a world of self-reliance, justice and peace. The site contains information about volunteering opportunities and how to help.

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International AID, Inc.
17011 West Hickory
Spring Lake, MI 49456
Phone: 1-616-846-7490 or 1-800-251-2502
E-mail: [email protected] 
Website: www.internationalaid.org/
     "International AID provides supplies to thousands of long- and short-term missionaries and relief workers each year."
     Reaching a global network of mission hospitals, clinics, orphanages and churches around the world, it assists those in need regardless of nationality, ethnicity or creed.-VCS
     International AID offers to help people all around the world including the food crisis in Ethiopia and post-war aid for Kosovo.

International Medical Corps: A+*
1919 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 1-310-826-7800
Fax: 1-310-442-6622
[email protected]
Website: www.imc-la.org/
International Medical Corps is a  nonprofit humanitarian relief  organization seeking to save lives and relieve suffering through medical intervention and training that build self-reliance in war-torn and impoverished regions of the world."
     IMC rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps to restore self-reliance. -VCS
     The site offers information about IMC's programs all over the world, and it lists job openings abroad, as well as at its headquarters in the US.-VCS.
     The organization is focused on supplying medical and pharmaceutical needs in hospitals and medical centers throughout Iraq. -SLG 

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International Mission Board
P. O. Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230-0767
Phone: 1-800-999-3113
Website: www.imb.org/
     Its mission is to lead Southern Baptists in international mission efforts to evangelize the lost disciple believers, develop churches and minister to people in need. International Mission Board mobilizes prayer support, appoints missionaries, enlists volunteers, channels financial support and communicates how God is working overseas.
     The organization has several ways to get involved in its local or international missions.  It is actively involved in Iraq, China and other Muslim countries. -SLG  

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
110 West Road, Suite 360
Baltimore, Maryland 21204 U.S.A.
1-410-243-9820 or 1-877-803-4622
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.iocc.org/
    " A religious organization seeking to provide food, shelter, economic self-sufficiency and hope to those suffering and in need around the world. "
     There are many articles on what the organization has done so far. Easy to browse with links to frequently asked questions.

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International Rescue Committee: A+*
122 E. 42nd St., 12th Floor
New York, NY 10168-1289
Phone: 1-212-551-3000
     "Founded at the request of Albert Einstein to assist opponents of Hitler, the IRC aids those fleeing racial, religious and ethnic persecution, and those uprooted by war and violence."
     International Rescue Committee first rapidly delivers medical and public health services, shelter and food. The group then run programs to assist refugees with coping with life in exile and becoming self-sufficient. -VCS
     The International Rescue Committee has many employment opportunities. The site is very well-organized with an easy to use table of contents.

Jubilee Partners
PO Box 68
Comer, GA 30629
Phone: 1-706-783-5131
Website: www.jubileepartners.org/
     "This Christian service community in rural northeast Georgia was founded in 1979 by a group from Koinonia Partners, several of whom were involved in founding Habitat for Humanity three years earlier."

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Lutheran World Relief: A*
700 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: 1-410-230-2700
[email protected]
Website:  www.lwr.org/
     "Lutheran World Relief works to secure safe water, nutritious food, good health, improved skills and better livelihoods for people overcoming poverty."
     Though the site could be a bit more organized, the site map is helpful for exploring the site. Lutheran World Relief offers both employment and many volunteer opportunities.

MAP International, Emergency Relief Fund: C+*
2200 Glynco Pkwy.,
Box 215000
Brunswick, Ga. 31521-5000
Phone: 1-912-265-6010 or 1-800-225-8550
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.map.org/
     MAP International promotes the total health of those living in the world's poorest communities by helping to provide medicines, prevent and cure diseases and create better health systems.-VCS
       The captions for links make the site very easy to navigate. There is plenty of information on this site.

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Mennonite Central Committee: A*
21 South 12th Street,
PO Box 500
Akron PA, 17501-0500
Phone: 1-888-563-4676 or 1-717-859-1151
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mcc.org/
     "An agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches that provides relief, service and peace to care for those in need.

Mercy Corps International: B+*
3015 S.W. First Ave.
Portland, OR 97201-4796
Phone: 1-800-292-3355 ext. 250
[email protected]
Website: www.mercycorps.org/
     Mercy Corps is working in Turkey to help earthquake victims.  It seeks to relieve people from suffering  poverty and oppression by helping to build secure, productive, and just communities. The agency operates in more than 25 countries and serves 4 million people worldwide. -VCS
     The table of contents placed at a prominent place in the page makes the site easy to explore. It contains a wealth of information about helping to end global poverty.
     Volunteering opportunities are only offered in their Portland, Oregon office.-VCS

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National Council of Churches
475 Riverside Drive, Room 880,
New York, NY 10115
Phone: 1-212-870-2030 or 1-212-870 2227
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.ncccusa.org/
     "A leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States."
     The NCC is currently involved in the All Our Children program, helping Iraqi children. -SLG 

Operation Blessing
977 Centerville Turnpike
Virginia Beach, VA 23463
Phone: 1-757-226-3657 or 1-800-436-6348
Website: www.ob.org/

This organization has been aiding the underprivileged and disaster victims worldwide for 25 years. 
     The site is easy to navigate with very good information on its various programs. The organization is currently assisting Iraqis with critical medical needs. -SLG 

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Operation USA
8320 Melrose Ave, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: 1-323-658-8876
Fax: 1-323-653-7846
Website: www.opusa.org/
     Operation USA assists developing communities in the United States and abroad with natural and man-made disasters and chronic poverty by creating sustainable health, nutrition and disaster response programs and all needed  materials, training and advocacy, and financial support. -VCS
     Vague buttons make browsing
uncomfortable. The site has information on its programs concerning helping those who suffer from poverty as well as natural and man-made disasters.

Oxfam-America: B+*
26 West St.
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 1-800-776-9326 or 1-617-728-1211
[email protected]
Website: www.oxfamamerica.org/
     "Oxfam America seeks long-term solutions to hunger, poverty and social injustice by creating long-term partnerships with poor communities around the world and supporting self-help efforts. "
     Oxfam also seeks to educate the public worldwide about the realities of poverty and our universal obligation to establish a future that is equitable, environmentally sustainable, and respectful of the rights of all peoples. -VCS
     The site provides information about helping poverty, hunger and injustice. The text explaining links is helpful.

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Salvation Army World Service Office: A or A-*
615 Slaters Lane
P.O. Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313
[email protected]
Website: www.salvationarmyusa.org/
     The Salvation Army provides aid in more than 100 countries through the use of  more than 140 languages. It has established more than 14,000 Corps (centers for worship) as well as social, medical, educational and other community services.      -VCS
     The site provides opportunities to donate online and to volunteer. There are clear and simple expressive links that allow for easy navigation.

Samaritan's Purse: B*
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607
[email protected]
Website: www.samaritan.org/
     "Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit Christian mission organization, helps to meet the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine to serve its commitment to evangelism. "

     The site offers information on relief efforts made all around the world. The organization provides opportunities for people internationally to assist in the group's goals.

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Save the Children Federation: (A*)
Attn: Donor Services
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT. 06880
Phone: 1-800-728-3843 or 1-203-221-4030
     "Save the Children Federation seeks to assist children born into poverty and those suffering from war and natural disaster.  It runs locally appropriate programs in education, health care, environmentally sound agriculture, and economic productivity to promote self-reliance." -VCS
     The site gives people the opportunity to help by allowing them to help sponsor and make a difference in the life of a child. A very detailed and informative site. 

2401 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 1-202-328-8842
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.sojo.net/
       "A Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice."
       It currently is involved in the All Our Children program, helping Iraqi children. -SLG 

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Stop Hunger Now
2501 Clark Ave Suite 301
Raleigh, NC 27607-7213
Phone: 1-888-501-8440 or 1-919-839-0689
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.stophungernow.org/
     Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid to crisis areas across the globe. It has provided more than $18 million worth of aid to people in more than 45 countries around the world.
     It currently is involved in the All Our Children program, helping Iraqi children. -SLG 

UJA Federation of North America
PO Box 30
Old Chelsea Stations
New York, NY 10113
Phone: 1-212-284-6500
Website:  www.uja.org/
     The UJA Federation seeks to improve and enrich the lives of Jews around the world.
     The UJA Federation helps Jews worldwide by rescuing those who are persecuted in their homelands, such as the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, and sending them to Israel to start a new life with the liberty to practice their religion.-VCS

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United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115
Phone: 1-800-862-4246
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: gbgm-umc.org
     UMCOR's ministries aid refugees, provide relief in disaster areas and confront the challenge of world hunger and poverty in more than 100 countries. -VCS
     The site provides current information on events that occurred in recent history. It also offers employment and volunteer opportunities. (The site is confusing to browse, a lot of the buttons they use are too vague and it's not easy to get what you're looking for.) -VCS

U.S. Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
1775 K St. NW, Suite 290
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: 1-202-296-1115 or 1-800-770-1100
E-mail: [email protected]
     One mission of UNHCR is to raise American consciousness about the work and accomplishments of the organization, such as providing food, water, shelter, medical and other types of assistance to refugees in 122 countries around the world. -VCS
     The website offers lots of useful information for people of all ages on the refugee problem.-VCS
     It is assisting Iraqi refugees by offering life-saving assistance. -SLG

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U.S. Committee for UNICEF: C+*
333 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 1-800-4UNICEF
Website: www.unicefusa.org/
     This is one of 37 national committees set up worldwide to raise money for UNICEF, which is working in more than 160 countries and territories to provide health care, clean water, improved nutrition, and education to millions of children in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
     The site offers information on current projects, and opportunities to support UNICEF by selling cards, volunteering, or making online donations. A very comprehensive website.
     UNICEF is actively involved in Iraq, providing clean water and child care. It is actively campaigning for reopening of schools and humanitarian aid. Information on the site is current and constantly updated. - SLG 

World Concern: B*
19303 Fremont Ave. North
Seattle, WA. 98133
Phone: 1-800-755-5022 or 1-206-546-7269
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.worldconcern.org/
     World Concern is an international Christian relief and development organization that assists more than four million people a year in more than 85 countries. It seeks to alleviate suffering by providing emergency relief, rehabilitation and long-term development to enable Christian relationships to develop. -VCS

     World Concern provides opportunities for people to work overseas to help serve the poor as well as volunteering in the US and donating money and for used items to be sent to needy families. The links provided within the text are useful.-VCS
     World Concern is working with other international relief agencies to distribute food kits and supplies within Iraq. The program will assist up to 20,000 families in need within the areas of Baghdad, Mozul, Kirkuk and Basra for up to six months. -SLG

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World Food Program
Two United Nations Plaza
WFP Liaison Office Room DC2-2500
New York, N.Y. 10017, USA
Phone: 1-212-963-8364
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.wfp.org/
     WFP is the frontline United Nations Agency seeking to eradicate world hunger. Its programs include: Food for LIFE to sustain victims of man-made and natural disasters; Food for GROWTH to improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable people at critical times in their lives; and Food for WORK to help promote the self-reliance of poor people and communities.
     WFP provides current reports and statistics on transport statistics, vulnerability analysis, and statistics on projects, resources, and global food aid. -VCS
     The site contains updates and background information on WFP's humanitarian operations in the Iraqi region. This includes daily press briefings, latest galleries, regional contacts and country briefs. -SLG 

World Relief
7 East Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 1-443-451-1900
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: www.worldrelief.org/
     "The mission of World Relief is to work with the church in alleviating human suffering worldwide in the name of Jesus Christ."
     "World Relief works through local churches by assisting  with economic development and health improvements, by helping them minister to refugees and migrants, and by aiding in their responses to disasters."
     It provides opportunities in volunteering and employment by rebuilding homes, helping refugee families learn English, along with other services. The site is not easily navigated, but it does provide a wealth of information about what World Relief does.
     World Relief
is lending support at a border camp established for fleeing third country nationals (TCNs). -SLG 

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World Vision: B+*
World Vision Inc.
PO Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063
Phone: 1-888-511-6598
Website: www.worldvision.org/
     World Vision was founded in China to help children orphaned in the Korean War.  It now assists in transforming entire communities with water programs, health care, education, agricultural and economic development, and strategic Christian leadership activities.  The organization boasts staff surpassing 11,000, working in nearly 90 countries to serve 1.3 million sponsored children, and supported by more than a million donors worldwide.
     Has a special fund to help the Afghan people.
     Provided with a navigation bar, browsing within the site is very simple. A very comprehensive and informative site.
     World Vision has been asked by the World Food Programme to be the lead agency for an emergency food distribution effort to give critically needed help to innocent children and families devastated in Iraq.

*Receives an "A" or "B" grade from American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), based on their August 2005 Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report. These grades are based on important financial criteria but are not a complete evaluation of the effectiveness, value or ethics of any group. It is important to do additional research before making your final decision. Others may do good work, also. 
       We recommend that you see AIP's coverage of charities working on current disasters - linked from their home page. See also our coverage of Wise Giving to Charities

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