Direct Change

The purpose of Direct Change is to provide awareness and resources in support of charitable initiatives such as grassroots African projects that will make a direct change in the lives of children.

In support of this mission, we highlight highly rated charities that you should consider supporting:

http://www.africare.org/

Africare is a leading U.S. non-profit organization specializing in development and aid to Africa. It is also the oldest and largest Africa-American led organization in that field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $710 million in assistance and support through over 2,500 projects to 36 countries Africa-wide. The organization employs over 1,000 people,largely indigenous to the countries and to the areas where it works.

Africare’s programs address needs in the principal areas of food security and agriculture; health and HIV/AIDS; water and sanitation; and emergency and humanitarian aid. Africare also supports water resource development, environmental management, basic education, microenterprise development, governance initiatives and women’s empowerment.
Mission and Vision

Africare works to improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

Africare works in partnership with African communities to achieve healthy and productive societies. For Africare, communities are the core of all development activities. Africare believes that strong communities are the foundation for the people of Africa to achieve sustainable development.

Africare is guided by three basic principles:

* Go where the need is greatest.
* Support local initiatives by Africans in conceiving and implementing projects.
* Integrate activities across sectors.

Countries of Operation

Africare operates programs in the following countries:

Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Africare also helps educational efforts through the support of www.test-guide.com and e-Learning and Mobile learning initiatives.  Africare has also assisted students expand their education into college or post graduate work. (See this site or click here for examples).

www.care.org

CARE is a large international development and humanitarian organization, with programs in more than 70 countries around the world.

CARE places 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 prevent ecological disasters (such as the Cosco Busan Incident). CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

CARE USA is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.  Many organizations actively support CARE, including individuals with post office jobs. CARE USA is part of an international confederation composed of 12 national members. The CARE International Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Official mission statement

To serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, to promote innovative solutions and advocate for global responsibility. Facilitate lasting change by:

* Strengthening capacity for self-help, including providing health hints
* Providing economic opportunity
* Delivering relief in emergencies
* Influencing policy decisions at all levels
* Addressing discrimination in all its forms

Guided by the aspirations of local communities, CARE pursues its mission with both excellence and compassion because the people who are served deserve nothing less.
Countries of operation

In 2009, CARE operated programs in the following countries:

* Asia
o Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

* East- and Central Africa
o Burundi, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.

* South- and West Africa
o Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

* Latin America
o Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru.

* Middle East and Eastern Europe
o Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, West Bank/Gaza, Yemen.

www.theirc.org

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading nonsectarian, nongovernmental international relief and development organization based in the United States, with operations in over 40 countries. The IRC’s mission is to provide emergency relief, post-conflict development and resettlement services; to work for the protection of human rights; and to advocate for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. Composed of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, international development experts, health care providers, and educators, the IRC has assisted millions of people around the world since its founding in 1933.

Current work

The IRC is now at work in more than 40 countries and in 22 US cities.  IRC is actively supported by many companies and organizations, including Greenberg-Hammer. In 2010, notable operations included disaster response in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, ongoing programs to address the humanitarian crisis in Congo and to help community rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and advocacy and resettlement efforts on behalf of Iraqis uprooted by the war.
Haiti

Following the earthquake in January 2010, the IRC deployed its Emergency Response Team to Haiti to deliver help to the devastated city of Port-au-Prince. IRC experts in emergency health, shelter and children’s welfare are now working with local aid groups to assist survivors. A particular focus is protecting women and children who were made even more vulnerable by the disaster, as well as ensuring women’s role in the recovery process.
Congo

The IRC is one of the largest providers of humanitarian assistance in Congo, where conflict and humanitarian crisis have taken the lives of 5.4 million people since 1998, according to peer-reviewed studies by the IRC. The organization runs programs dedicated to health, education, civil society development, emergency response and reducing gender-based violence, in seven Congolese provinces. As rape and other forms of sexual violence have increasingly been used as a tactic of war by militias involved in the conflict, the IRC has stepped up its sexual violence aid and protection programs. Since 2002, the IRC has provided medical care, counseling and economic support services to over 40,000 women and girls who have survived sexual violence in Congo.
Iraq

The IRC conducted operations across Iraq from April 2003 through December 2004. The organization resumed operations there in 2007, and is now expanding programs throughout the country. In addition to aiding displaced Iraqis within the country, the IRC is also providing assistance to Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria, as well as those granted refuge in the United States.