Other Faith-based Global Efforts
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Faith organizations work in every corner of the world helping individuals, families, and communities overcome poverty and disease. To find out more about some of the most active interfaith organizations around the world, click the links below:
- ACT Development
ACT Development brings together churches and related organizations in a new global alliance aimed at eradicating poverty, injustice and the abuse of human rights.
- Adventist Development and Relief Agency
ADRA seeks to identify and address social injustice and deprivation in developing countries, working with people in poverty and distress to create positive change and justness through empowering partnerships and responsible action.
- Aga Khan Foundation of the USA
Aga Khan Foundation has a sharp focus, clearly defined objectives and a consistent approach to its work, concentrating on selected issues in health, education, rural development and the strengthening of civil society.
- All African Council of Churches
The AACC will focus its advocacy efforts in 2007 and beyond on the plight of the African child.
- American Jewish World Service
AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.
- American Society for Muslim Advancement
The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) is a New-York based nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to elevate the discourse on Islam and foster environments in which Muslims thrive.
- Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations
AERDO exists to promote excellence in professional practice; to foster networking, collaboration and information exchange; and to enable its membership to effectively support the Church in serving the poor and needy.
- Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs
- Caritas Internationalis
With eradication of poverty and social inequality lying at the very core of what they do, Caritas provides assistance to the most vulnerable on behalf of Catholics around the world.
- Catholic Relief Services
The fundamental motivating force in all activities of CRS is the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it pertains to the alleviation of human suffering, the development of people and the fostering of charity and justice.
- Christian Connections for International Health
The mission of Christian Connections for International Health is to promote international health and wholeness from a Christian perspective. CCIH provides field-oriented information resources and a forum for discussion, networking, and fellowship to the spectrum of Christian organizations and individuals working in international health.
- Churches Health Association of Zambia
CHAZ is dedicated to providing unity and dialogue between Christian aid organizations and government agencies in Zambia, working together to bring practical health solutions to those in need, allowing them to live healthy and productive lives.
- Compassion International
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.
- Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States, guided by the Episcopal Church’s principles of compassion, dignity and generosity as we work to heal a hurting world.
- Expanded Church Response (Zambia)
- Food for the Hungry International
FHI focuses on poverty needs that relate to food and nutrition. Our primary emphasis is on long-term development among the extremely poor, recognizing their dignity, creativity, and ability to solve their own problems.
- German Institute for Medical Mission
DIFAEM is actively involved in health promotion and health care, raising awareness for the underprivileged in this world and focusing on issues such as HIV/AIDS, leprosy, tuberculosis, malaria, mother and child health, and health and healing.
- Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
- Healing Hands International, Inc.
HHI seeks to accomplish their mission through helping congregations of the churches of Christ collect, ship and distribute medications, medical supplies, equipment, agricultural aid, school supplies, and other items that reduce human suffering.
- Hope Worldwide South Africa
HOPE Worldwide is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy.
- Humanitarian Forum
The Humanitarian Forum was initiated in June 2004 as an inclusive coming together of humanitarian organizations, which in particular seeks to foster partnerships and closer co-operation among humanitarian and charitable organizations from Muslim countries or denominations on the one hand, and humanitarian and charitable organizations from the ‘West’ and the multi-lateral system on the other.
- Interfaith Youth Core
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) builds mutual respect and pluralism among young people from different religious traditions by empowering them to work together to serve others.
- Islamic Relief Worldwide
Islamic Relief is dedicated to alleviating the poverty and suffering of the world’s poorest people by responding to disasters and emergencies and promoting sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion or gender.
- Islamic Society of North America
ISNA is an association of Muslim organizations and individuals that provides a common platform for presenting Islam, supporting Muslim communities, developing educational, social and outreach programs and fostering good relations with other religious communities, and civic and service organizations.
- Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Relief works to reduce poverty and injustice by helping communities increase and expand the resources they need to live productive, healthy and empowered lives.
- Map International, Inc.
Mission Among the Poor International, Inc. organizes Sunday and Saturday Bible classes in different Hindu and Muslim dominated areas, Vacation Bible Classes for the street children, counseling and development projects for the youths, medical assistance for the physically affected, feed the hungry, educate the illiterate, shelter the homeless, and cover the naked in different parts of India, where poor are the majority.
- Mennonite Economic Development Associates
As an association of Christians, in business and the professions, committed to applying biblical teachings in the marketplace, MEDA members share their faith, abilities and resources to address human needs through economic development.
- Mercy Corps International
Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability.
- Micah Challenge USA
Micah Challenge USA aims to deepen US engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities; and to challenge leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
- Norwegian Church Aid
Norwegian Church Aid is a voluntary, ecumenical organization that works to promote the basic rights of human beings. The organization is rooted in the Christian faith.
- Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
The RAC has educated and mobilized the American Jewish community on legislative and social concerns as an advocate in Congress on issues ranging from Israel and Soviet Jewry to economic justice; from civil rights to international peace and religious liberty.
- Roll Back Malaria Partnership
The mission of Roll Back Malaria Partnership is to work together to enable sustained delivery and use of the most effective prevention and treatment for those affected most by malaria by promoting increased investment in health systems and incorporation of malaria control into all relevant multi-sector activities.
- Saddleback Church
- Samaritan's Purse
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
- Seventh-day Adventist Church
Seventh-day Adventist mission is based on proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church affirms biblical emphasis on the well-being of the whole person, with the church's teachings and practice focusing on preservation of health, healing of the sick, and ministry to the poor and oppressed.
Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency working with a global network of local churches to help eradicate poverty.
- The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army provides quality social services for the entire community, making efforts to meet the changing needs of our world.
- Tony Blair Faith Foundation
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation aims to promote respect and understanding about the world's major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world, using the full power of modern communications to support and step up efforts at every level to educate, inform and develop understanding about the different faiths and between them. At the same time, the Foundation will use its profile and resources to encourage people of faith to work together more closely to tackle global poverty and conflict.
- Union for Reform Judaism
The Union for Reform Judaism provides vision and leadership to Reform Jews and congregations on spiritual, ethical, social justice and management issues.
- Willow Creek Association
The Willow Creek Association was founded in 1992, and works to link like-minded, action-oriented churches with each other and with strategic vision, training, and resources.
- World Conference of Religions for Peace
Respecting religious differences while celebrating our common humanity, Religions for Peace is active on every continent and in some of the most troubled areas of the world, creating multi-religious partnerships to confront our most dire issues: stopping war, ending poverty, and protecting the earth.
- World Council of Churches
Bearing in mind its central task as a council of churches calling one another to visible unity, the WCC builds on the initiatives of churches and partner organizations; keeps in tension dialogue and advocacy, building relationships and promoting social witness; and offers a prophetic voice and witness on the urgent and turbulent issues of our times.
- World Evangelical Alliance
The Mission Commission of WEA is a global network of over 220 mission leaders from around 80 countries and serves the Evangelical missional community by creating a missional arena that facilitates and encourages mutual learning, networking and cooperation, providing a consultative and self-evaluative function for mission movements and networks, international agencies and missionary training centers and facilitating the flow of resources between people, movements and nations.
- World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.