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Deworm the World

DtW Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting important deworming programs all over the world in order to keep children healthy and free of all parasites. DtW embraces school-based deworming as one effective way to address the effects of parasitic worm infections in schoolchildren. Children can become infected with parasitic worms via the skin or through ingestion. This is a major problem in areas where the soil and water are contaminated. According to the DtW website, worm infection symptoms can include "...stomache pain, coughing, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, swollen belly, blood in stools or urine, fatigue and listlessness" (dewormtheworld.org). 

Get Involved

The DtW website offers a variety of ways to get involved. Read deworming-related news, look into DtW’s many partner organizations, or donate to help give children around the world relief from parasitic infections. 

Impact

In the developing world, parasitic worms are a major health issue, and can cause a variety of malevolent symptoms. In many cases this health issue goes on to affect education, absenteeism and cognitive functions. Recognizing the linked nature of these effects, Deworm the World supports deworming as the most cost effective way to increase school attendance. According to the DtW website, the organization has reached “… 37 million children across 27 countries” (dewormtheworld.org).

Deworm the World in the Middle East

Deworm the World provides support to Yemen

Doctors of the World/Médecins du Monde

“Doctors of the World is an international humanitarian organization providing medical care to vulnerable populations affected by war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, or exclusion” (doctorsoftheworld.org). The organization’s backbone consists of an army of volunteer doctors and medical professionals who work to bring medical relief where it is needed.

Get Involved

Donate now in support of Doctors of the World. Their website also encourages interested parties to apply for an international job or volunteer role with Doctors of the World. The site also lists a few other ways to get involved.

Impact

On their “At a Glance” informational page, Doctors of the World provides the following impact statistic: “In 2010, Doctors of the World’s global network used $152 million to run 365 programs that provided medical care for more than 1.6 million individuals in 78 countries.” The organization has an international presence, growing from its original base in France to its current 15 operational locations throughout the world. The organization focuses its work and resources in four major areas: Conflict & Crisis, conducting emergency medical response, and often staying after the immediate danger has dissipated; Affected Populations, supporting refugees abroad and in their country of origin; HIV/AIDS & Infectious Diseases, fighting deadly diseases around the world; and Women & Children’s Health, providing pre-natal and pediatric care among other related services.

Doctors of the World in the Middle East

Read about Doctors of the World’s work during the current Syrian crisis

International Rescue Committee

The IRC is a four-star rated 501(c)(3) non-profit that responds to humanitarian crises and refugee needs. The organization responds to emergencies all over the world and works to create deep solutions to a multitude of problems.

Get Involved

Donate, volunteer, or find out how else to help.

Impact

In times of emergency, the IRC is committed to arriving within 72 hours, bringing necessary support and supplies. The IRC follows through on its work, by providing post-crisis support, helping refugees adapt to their new lives. 92% of IRC’s funding goes directly to program expenses. The IRC has provided 1.7 million people with access to clean drinking water and vaccinated over 500,000 children. Read more statistics about the impact that the IRC is making.

International Rescue Committee in the Middle East

See where the IRC is active in the Middle East

Islamic Relief Worldwide

Islamic Relief Worldwide is a “relief and development charity” focusing on poor communities all over the world. Islamic Relief USA is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, while other local partners are registered in their respective countries. Islamic Relief USA is rated four stars on charity navigator. IRW operates development, disaster response, environmental impact, health, education, and child welfare programs. 

Get Involved

Consider donating to Islamic Relief Worldwide or one of its local partners. If you wish to get involved with an international NGO at a more in depth level, consider applying for one of the many open job positions at Islamic Relief Worldwide. The IR USA donation page allows you to select where you would like to direct your donated funds. Options include “where it is needed most,” orphan support, emergencies, food for Ramadan, or humanitarian assistance. Also, consider looking through IRW’s plethora of research and analysis resources.

Impact

Islamic Relief Worldwide’s comprehensive work includes programs focusing on sustainable livelihoods, including micro credit programs, vocational and agricultural training, among other opportunities; education, including early childhood education, literacy training, technology exposure, and other services; Health and Nutrition, including eyesight, food security, clinics, and other health services programs; orphans and child welfare, including orphan sponsorship, education opportunities for orphans, and other programs; water and sanitation, including well digging initiatives and other water security-related programs; and emergency relief & disaster preparedness programs. Currently, Islamic Relief USA is focusing on the East and West African food crises, as well as humanitarian relief for those affected by conflict in Syria.

Islamic Relief Worldwide in the Middle East

IRW works in Middle Eastern countries including Afghanistan, operating health, education, literacy, and HIV/AIDS awareness projects; Iraq, supporting refugees and distributing emergency relief; Jordan, supporting the welfare of orphans; Lebanon, distributing medical resources, water-related projects, and emergency support; Palestinian territories, restoring damaged houses, supplying orphan welfare, food security, small business support, and many other programs; and in Yemen,  providing emergency food response, orphan welfare and other programs. 

Syrian American Women’s Charitable Association

According to their website, “… SAWA, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to…” helping humanitarian, charitable organizations in Syria. They also write on their website, “SAWA strives to help anyone in need across Syria, and occasionally in the United States” (sawa.org).

Get involved

Consider joining the organization as a member, volunteering, or donating to SAWA.

Impact

According to their website, “… SAWA has donated over half a million dollars to many worthy causes” (sawa.org). A list of some of the organizations that have received funds through SAWA is included on their website, making it clear that this organization has made an impact in Syria. From simply skimming the list, organizations that have benefited from SAWA include: Mosaic foundation, Syrian Cancer Society, and Al Raja School for disabled children. Unfortunately SWI is unable to further verify these organizations at this time.

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Vital Voices is a 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization with a four star rating on charity navigator.  They have supplied some financial information for further confirmation. Vital Voices is built on a wide network of individuals, bringing together a multitude of professionals, leaders, and corporate executives who wish to nurture the potential of women worldwide. This partnership seeks to tease out and amplify those voices with the greatest leadership potential, and provide them with the tools they need to facilitate progress in their communities.

Get Involved

Besides donating to Vital Voices, you can register to join the Global Leadership Network directory and take a look at the Vital Voices Collection. The directory offers many social networking features, and allows you to connect with the powerful and energized women behind this Global Partnership. The collection is one way to support the Entrepreneurs in Handcrafts program (some of the money from which is reinvested into the program), where handcrafted goods are available through Bridge for Africa  or Umoja Women’s Shop. Those interested in volunteer opportunities should contact volunteer@vitalvoices.org. Internships and career paths are also available.

Impact

According to the Vital Voices website, they have “…trained and mentored more than 10,000 emerging women leaders from 127 countries…” who have proceeded to make a difference in their respective communities. Vital Voices is one of twelve organization members of the Alliance To End Slavery & Trafficking. They have also presented information gathered through their Cameroon Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking as a part of an INTERPOL Specialists Group meeting.

Vital Voices in the Middle East

Vital Voices’ developments in the Middle East include the MENA Businesswomen’s Network, the Building Public-Private Partnerships for Women’s Advancement Program, the Learn Engage Advocate and Dialogue program, and efforts to create a Civil Society Program.



David Clemmons, founder of VolunTourism.org, is currently residing in Amman, Jordan. He is working with the Jordan Inbound Tours Association (JITOA.org) and its members as well as community-based organizations non-government organizations to develop VolunTourism Jordan. He can be reached by email (voluntourist [at] voluntourism.org) and via Skype only: thevoluntourist.

 

WHAT IS IT?: Voluntourism is the concept of blending tourism with humanitarian work. It's a good 'first step' for those wanting to go 'in-country' to experience and engage in the culture, contribute in meaningful ways, and to benefit from and enjoy guided learning and touring.

 

WHY IS THIS RELEVANT?: Many of the Storm Warriors who have been receiving the newsletter (over 12,000 of you) have expressed an interest in discovering what it takes to make your first humanitarian trip. Group and/or Individual Voluntourism is one way to do it. It's not as 'hard core' as some mission trips may appear to be and serves as a good 'firsrt experience.' Voluntourists are doing great benefit around the globe and you might want to consider learning more about it. Here's a LINK to get you started: VOLUNTOURISM IN JORDAN

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