Campaign Categories Archives: Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian aid including food, clothing, shelter, weather protection, hygiene supplies, and basic necessities of life.

Help Africa’s Poorest Children

Children in AfricaIn 1994, Humanity scored a major victory with the official end of Apartheid in South Africa, and while much progress has been made since this date, over 50 percent of the population still lives in poverty, with a large portion of these living in extreme poverty.

In the extreme-poverty sectors of South Africa, the so called “squatter camps,” little to no progress has been made. Due to their economic situations, time has essentially stood still since that momentous occasion, and they are still living in the same conditions as they did during Apartheid.

A squatter camp, (and there are many in South Africa) is essentially a government-sanctioned location, where the poorest of society build shacks in order to somehow eke out a living. As they are located at the edges of society, they lack basic services such as running water, electricity, food, and proper sanitation — not to mention medical support or any form of social services.

Children growing up in squatter camps frequently eat only one meal a day, do not have basic hygiene facilities, and do not have the opportunity to go to preschool. If and when they do make it to school, they are so far behind that they almost never catch up.

These children lack nothing in compassion, friendliness, or intelligence. It is simply a matter of not having basic services to allow them to get ahead in life. It is, unjustly and unfairly, a matter of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Not having access to basics such as adequate food, clothing, shelter, and education, is a violation of basic human rights. This is just wrong, and is not something that should be tolerated in the 21st century. Charity United has begun a project to make this right, by taking an active hand in bringing basic human rights to the children in squatter camps.

Instead of having these children in a situation of “the wrong place at the wrong time,” we have decided to make it the right place at the right time!

We invite you to join us in our mission of turning the squatter camps into the right place at the right time, where each child is given the opportunity for food, shelter, and education, so that they may have the chance of making it out of the squatter camps.

With your help, Charity United is providing food, clothing, shelter, hygiene supplies, education, and basic humanitarian aid to children and families in the poorest areas of South Africa, beginning with a squatter camp within the township of Etwatwa.

In addition, we are building a community center where children will be able to come and have a meal, get help with their school and homework, and where they and their families can participate in a community garden project where they will learn to grow their own food.

We invite you to join us in providing a real change and a real future for children — children who will have no future if we don’t take action.

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Shoes for Children

New boots“Yesterday after putting new boots on a little refugee girl, I turned around to see her sister, maybe 4 years old, in tears.

Her mother explained to me that she was crying because her sisters got new shoes but she didn’t. ‘Her shoes are beautiful!’ the mother said.

I looked at the girl’s shoes and it was true. She had acceptable boots on, and that was why she hadn’t gotten new ones. We don’t normally give shoes to people when their existing shoes are acceptable. But her sisters had gotten new shoes, and she hadn’t. This little girl had that look. That look of a child who just can’t control herself from crying.

There were no questions asked. Instant policy adjustment. We have a 4-year-old refugee in tears in front of us.

I told Ziko. He took one look at her face and instantly procured new boots in her size. As I handed them to her and smiled, took off her old shoes and put on the new ones, and asked her if they fit okay … she began to calm down.

Do you remember when you were 4 or 5 years old, when somebody else got something but you didn’t, and the tears just welled up in your eyes and you couldn’t control it?

Do you remember that feeling of embarrassment, trying to stop the crying when it just wouldn’t stop? That feeling of ‘my sisters got one but I didn’t get one?’

We got her her new boots. And chocolate. She began to feel better. But she was so shy.

This is her in the photo, after she stopped crying.

On the way home this haunted me a bit. How normal these children are. How they are just like us. But they aren’t playing in kindergarten. They aren’t running around in their neighbor’s backyard. Or learning to read out-loud.

They are dodging bombs in their class rooms, and then risking their lives in the open sea on over-packed rubber rafts at double-capacity.

If they survive that journey, they are hauled from one place to the next throughout Greece and the Balkans until they reach Western Europe where they will wait and hope for a real home.

They wait outside by a fire at a cold gas station when the police won’t allow entrance to a camp.

They spend hours in an unheated train without a bathroom to arrive to us here.

After they leave us they may walk up to three miles through open fields in the winter weather. And then wait for the next bus. And on it goes.

They are hauled and shuffled from here to there, traveling without the comforts of the most rugged of backpackers. But they are children, just like we were. They are still sensitive enough to cry when they didn’t get new boots.

Did you know that whenever we can, we let the kids choose which color of gloves, hat, or scarf they get? Why? Because letting them choose a color is our way of saying, ‘You are important. You are real. You deserve something.’ And as they pick their favorite color, they brighten up and smile.

Do you know how important it is to us not to just wrap them up like packages, but to stop, look them in the eye, smile, say hello, and get them dressed with as much dignity as possible?

Did you know that some children burst into tears if their mother tries to remove their wet pants to put on dry ones, when there are other people in the shelter? We hold up a blanket to give them privacy, and the crying instantly stops.

Yep, refugee children are so, so human.

I can’t take care of them everywhere they go.

But there are volunteers in Greece lifting them out of sinking boats and wrapping them in blankets. There are volunteers in Serbia, Croatia, and further north as they go, fighting for their human rights and doing what they can to make sure they are properly taken care of; sounding the alarm when ‘the system’ fails.

There are those volunteers I know personally who will physically put themselves between refugees and brutality, putting their own lives at risk to protect the innocent. Who will carry lost children around on their shoulders in the snow for as long as it takes until their parents are found. And there are groups like our very own Team Studeničani, local Albanians who come to this transit camp every night after work for the last 6 months to spend their free time caring for the refugees in any way they can.

There are the Serbian police who take the time for laughing snowball fights with their tiny wards.

And there are the people like you, our donors, who donate the funds that let us continue to buy those new boots for those small children.

There are human beings everywhere, and together we can all do our parts. To be that sea of humanity within a sea of inhumanity. To tell these children that they are real, they are human, and they deserve respect and love.

I hope you will all continue.”

– Megan Tucker

January 2106
Tabanovce Refugee Camp,  Republic of Macedonia

Through her charity, Charity United, Megan continues to provide shoes to children around the world. Charity United has provided such aid to children in Macedonia, Turkey, Venezuela, and Greece, including children from Iraq, Afghanistan, Macedonia, Syria, and Venezuela.

To donate to help her continue to provide shoes to children in need, please click the donate button below.

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Help for Albanian Children

Albanian Village School ChildrenIn 2015 and 2016, a group of locals from an Albanian village in Macedonia banded together to help hundreds of thousands of war refugees who were passing the border near their village.

These men worked for hours every night to help men, women, children, the ill, and the elderly.  They brought help to refugees of all faiths. They brought them food, warm, shelter, and whatever support they could. They carried their bags and babies, helped warm up frozen children, reunited families, and risked their own lives and safety to help strangers they had never met and may never meet again.

They often worked all night, slept for only a few hours, and then worked their regular jobs to support their own families.

They were sometimes seen about the transit camp, barefoot in the middle of the night, running here and there helping refugees, having just given away their shoes to someone they felt needed them more.

They called themselves “Team Studeničani ” – named after their village. To read more about their story, please visit https://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-tucker/while-politicians-talk-pe_b_10530138.html

The village of Studeničani sits outside of Skopje, in Northern Macedonia. It’s people are primarily Albanian Muslims.

Now it’s years later, and the village of Studeničani needs help. The local school children have a lack of shoes. They sometimes have to walk three kilometers to school, through mud, rain, or snow, and without adequate protective footwear.

The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise funds to bring shoes to the children of Studeničani.

As funds allow, we will also provide books, school and educational supplies, and possibly jackets.  Funds allowing, we will also bring this help to nearby villages and schools as well.

As per our usual policies, we will purchase from local suppliers in Macedonia.

The number of students in the primary schools of Studeničani and it’s neighboring village is approximately 1700. Including students from a few smaller schools in the area, we have roughly 2000-2500 students to begin with.

The estimated cost of bringing a book and a pair of shoes to each child is $10.00 or less.

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Ayuda para los niños de Venezuela


Niños en Venezuela están hambrientos e incluso muriendo de hambre. Han sido abandonados por sus padres por no tener dinero para alimentarlos, viviendo sin la ropa o zapatos apropiados, sin tratamientos médicos o dentales vitales, perdiendo su educación y terminando bajo el control de traficantes de personas y bandas criminales.

Imaginen un lugar donde las tiendas de comestibles están a menudo vacías, donde podrías tener que caminar 20 kilómetros en un calor abrasador para llegar a la estación de gasolina para combustible para tu vehículo; donde puede no haber agua o electricidad por una semana y donde los padres han empezado a abandonar a sus hijos pequeños en las calles por falta de dinero para alimentarlos.

Con la ayuda de nuestros donantes, hemos estado brindando ayuda a estos niños. Mientras más donaciones recibamos, más niños podemos ayudar.

¿Debe un niño de 10 años vivir en las calles con una herida de bala?

¿Deben los pies de un niño sangrar por la falta de zapatos?

¿Debe un niñito tener que comer de un contenedor de basura?

Aunque esto puede no estar en las noticias, esto ha empezado a convertirse en la realiadad de Venezuela. Las mayores víctimas son los niños.

Esta es una crisis oculta.

Los voluntarios de Charity United están en la tierra de Venezuela, llevando ayuda a estos niños. Además de encontrar niños perdidos y muertos de hambre en las calles para brindarles ayuda, hemos creado nuevos centros comunitarios.

Nuestros Centros Comunitarios

¡Los voluntarios de Charity United están manejando varios centros comunitarios en Venezuela!

Los niños pueden venir a los centros comunitarios y recibir comida, sopas, educación e incluso un lugar seguro para jugar. Los bomberos ofrecen su tiempo para actuar como guardias de seguridad. Madres y abuelas ofrecen su ayuda para preparar las comidas. Se dan sopas nutritivas y clases gratuitas.

Las madres son entrenadas para ser tutoras para que así puedan ganarse un mejor salario y proveer un mejor cuidado a los niños.

Parte de la ayuda que hemos estado proporcionando, dentro y fuera de nuetros centros comunitarios, incluye lo siguiente:

  • Comida nutritiva, como sopas con caldo de hueso real, pollo, vegetales y avena.
  • Ropa y zapatos.
  • Refugio (refugios a corto plazo en nuestros centros y refugios a largo plazo arreglados para niños que han estado viviendo en las calles).
  • Educación y clases gratuitas.
  • Cuidado médico, dental y ocular.
  • Terapia (terapia del lenguaje, terapia de aprendizaje y terapia de trauma).
  • Seguridad y protección, incluyendo áreas seguras donde los niños pueden estudiar y jugar, con voluntarios y bomberos funcionando como guardias de seguridad.

Cada donación recibida hace una tremenda diferencia en cuanto a la cantidad de niños que podemos ayudar, y cuanta ayuda podemos dar.

Las donaciones son deducibles de impuestos de los Estados Unidos hasta donde lo permita la ley.
 
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Fotos del proyecto

Debajo podrá observar fotos tomadas por nuestros voluntarios en tierra firme. Con algunas excepciones, la mayoría de las fotos son tomadas luego de que han comenzado a recibir ayuda, y tienen un mejor estado mental que cuando los conocimos la primera vez. Es se debe a que cuando un niño esta hambriento y traumatizado, tomarle fotos puede ser una experiencia muy desagradable. Esperamos a que los niños se sientan mejor antes de sacar la cámara.

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Venezuela’s Children


 
You may have heard about the economic crisis that is occurring in Venezuela. And as you can probably imagine, when an economy crashes, the most vulnerable can be affected heavily. Children living in poverty may go without food or be victimized by gangs and traffickers in times like these. But help is possible.

Children in Venezuela have been going hungry, or even starving. They have been being abandoned by their parents for lack of money to feed them, living without proper clothing or protective footwear, going without vital medical or dental treatments, missing their educations, and coming under the control of human traffickers and criminal gangs.

Imagine a place where grocery stores often are empty, where you might walk 20 kilometers in scorching heat to reach a gas station for fuel for your car, where water or electricity can be off for a week at a time, and where parents have begun to abandon young children on the streets for lack of money to feed them.

With the help of our donors, we have been bringing aid to these children. The more donations we receive, the more children we can help.

Should a 10-year-old live on the streets with a gunshot wound?

Should a young boy’s feet bleed for lack of shoes?

Should a toddler have to eat out of a garbage can?

While it may not be all over the news, this has begun to become the reality of the country of Venezuela. The biggest casualties are the children.

This is a hidden crisis.

Charity United volunteers are on the ground in Venezuela, bringing help to these children.  In addition to finding lost and starving children on the streets to bring them aid, we have now created new community centers.

Our Community Centers

Charity United volunteers are now running several community centers in Venezuela!

Children can come to a community center to receive food, soup, education, and even a safe place to play.  Firefighters volunteer their time to act as security guards.  Mothers and grandmothers volunteer to help prepare food. Nutritious soup is given, and free classes are held.

Mothers are trained to become tutors so that they can earn better wages and provide better care for their children.

Some of the aid we have been providing, both inside and outside our community centers, includes the following:

  • Nourishing food, such as soup with real bone broth, chicken, vegetables, and oatmeal
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Shelter (short-term shelter in our centers, and long-term shelter arranged for children who had been living on the streets)
  • Education and free classes
  • Medical, dental, and eye care
  • Therapy (speech therapy, learning therapy, and trauma therapy)
  • Safety and security, including safe areas where children can study and play, with volunteers and firemen functioning as security guards

Every donation received makes a tremendous difference in how many children we are able to help, and how much help we can give.

Donations are US tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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