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How to be volunteer to help

Updated on September 15, 2016

The scarf knot

When I was more younger I was a scout. Each day had to undo the knot of the scarf. And it was only possible when doing a good deed.

The principle that Baden-Powell wanted to instill struck me as a large proportion of which were also scouts and they still are.

Since then I have sought to leave the house with "scarf"and with the knot to be undonewith with a gesture of humanity.

In one way or another I need to do it. Even if it is small gestures.

Basically, I try to meet the spirit left by the founder of Scouting.

What he wrote in his letter of farewell to life, where he foresaw the time of his"departure" eternal, Baden-Powell indicated that "the best way to get happiness is to give happiness to other people". Nothing is more certain.

And what can you do to help.

There are many ways to do so.

From the simplest to help someone cross the road, until more intense forms like as a volunteer humanitarian organization, among the many theatre scattered around the world putting out fires that governments are unable to quell.

The list of humanitarian organizations is immense like you can see below that I researched for you.


Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger or ACF International is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. Recognized as a leader in the fight against malnutrition.

ACF saves the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable 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 five million people each year.

ACF’s 4.600 professionals work in over 40 countries to carry out innovative, life-saving programs in nutrition, food security & livelihoods, and water, sanitation, & hygiene.

ACF’s humanitarian programs directly assist some five million people each year, along with countless others through capacity building programs in collaboration with government ministries.

Committed to principled humanitarian action, Action Against Hunger restores dignity, self-sufficiency, and independence to vulnerable populations around the world.

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AMI - International Medical Assistance

AMI is a portuguese non governmental organization, private, non-profitable and independent.

The foundation was created on the 5th December 1984 by Dr. Fernando Nobre M.D., Urologist Surgeon.

Since then, AMI has been characterized as an innovative humanitarian organization in Portugal.

AMI is prepared for rapid interventions in situations of crisis and emergencies, as well as fighting against: underdevelopment, hunger, poverty, social exclusion and the aftermaths of war in any part of the world.

Mankind is the centre of AMI’s efforts. The organization has created twelve social centers in Portugal and has also been present in many countries by sending tons of humanitarian aid (Medicine, Medical equipment, food, clothes, vehicles, generators, etc.) and volunteers.

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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.

Is mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility.

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Caritas Internationalis

The 165 Caritas national members believe they can do more to combat poverty and injustice by combining their resources.

Caritas members directly help 24 million people a year in 200 countries and territories and

employ 440,000 paid staff and 625,000 volunteers.

Caritas organisations have a combined estimated worth of  US $5.5 billion.

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Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.

They said they are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody catholic social and moral teaching as we act to promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies, and serve catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

As part of the universal mission of the catholic church,work with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.

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Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.

Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict,epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.

In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Emergency Nutrition Network

The Emergency Nutrition Network was set up in 1996 by an international group of humanitarian agencies to accelerate learning and strengthen institutional memory in the emergency food and nutrition sector.

The ENNs flagship publication, Field Exchange, was developed as the main means of achieving this.

Since its inception, the ENN has developed a range of complementary activities including production of Special Supplements on areas of cutting edge programming, production of training materials and policy guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies, research initiatives, and independent reporting on/facilitation of international meetings.

To improve effectiveness of emergency food and nutrition interventions through identification and dissemination of lessons learnt in the course of operational practice and through research and evaluation.



Food for the Hungry Internacional

Food for the Hungry was founded in 1971 and gave birth to the ministry now at work in more than 26 countries worldwide.

Since then, Food for the Hungry has boldly spoken out for and served the poor, sending courageous heroes to help communities transform themselves.

Food for the Hungry’s journey to being a leading Christian ministry – and one of the most efficient – has traversed different periods of growth and transformation.

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InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people.

At InterAction, they recognize that its global challenges are interconnected and that we can’t tackle any of them without addressing all of them. That’s why they create a forum for leading NGOs, global thought leaders and policymakers to address our challenges collectively. Leveraging our shared expertise, on-the-ground insights from our 200 member organizations and strategic analyses of the foreign aid budget, we deliver a bold, new agenda to end global poverty and deliver humanitarian aid in every developing country.

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International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross is committed to responding rapidly and efficiently to the humanitarian needs of people affected by armed conflict or by a natural disaster occurring in a conflict area.

Hostilities can explode without warning; natural disasters can strike unexpectedly and their effects may be multiplied in countries already riven by war. In the face of such unpredictable emergencies, the ICRC attaches great importance to its ability to deploy rapidly in the field.

The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it employs some 12.000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.

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International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

Founded in 1919, the International Federation comprises 186 member Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, a Secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support activities around the world. There are more societies in formation. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.

The Federation's vision: 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.

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International Organization for Migration

International Organization for Migration is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration, and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

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International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. 

At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

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Lutheran World Federation

The Lutheran World Federation is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition.

Founded in 1947 in Lund, Sweden, the LWF now has 145 member churches in 79 countries all over the world representing over 70 million Christians.

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Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress.

Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives.

They worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries.

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Oversea Development Institute

Oversea Development Institute is Britain's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

Their mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.

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Oxfam is an international confederation of 14 organizations working together in 99 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

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Refugees International

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

They said tht refugee crises left unattended threaten stability around the world.

There are 41.2 million refugees and internally displaced people and 12 million stateless people living in limbo without citizenship rights.

People forced from their homes by conflict are among the world’s most vulnerable and they all have individual stories of loss, heartache and survival.

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Relief International

Relief International is a humanitarian non-profit agency that provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance, and program services to vulnerable communities worldwide.

RI is solely dedicated to reducing human suffering and is non-political and non-sectarian in its mission.

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Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world.

Recognized for its commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.

Work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs.

As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day - poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease - and replaces them with hope for the future.

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UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.

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UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency

Facts and figures are vital to UNHCR for planning and preparedness.

For example, when fighting in north-west Pakistan sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing for safety in May 2009, the refugee agency needed to know how many people needed help, how much money and aid was needed to help them, and how many staff.

Full-time statisticians in UNHCR's Field Information and Coordination Section keep track of the number of people of concern to the agency.

These figures are released every June in the annual Global Trends report, while the Norwegian Refugee Council releases annual global figures for internally displaced people.

Annual budget figures are compiled by the Donor Relations and Resource Mobilization service, while the Division of Human Resources Management keeps details on personnel.

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World Vision International

As an international aid Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision works in nearly 100 countries around the globe, combating the root causes of poverty and responding quickly when disaster strikes.

They are partner with communities to find lasting ways of improving the lives of children and their families while providing international disaster relief.

In addition to exploring our new interactive map shown above, they invite you to browse through each region listed below for more detailed information on our history and current work in each country.

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