Whenever there is a conflict or crisis, kids often suffer the most and deserve it the least. Most people who want to contribute to the world feel a strong urge to help those who are innocent and can’t care for themselves, so we have compiled a list of a few reliable volunteer and donation opportunities so you can help kids in need starting today.
1. Habitat For Humanity
Habitat for Humanity needs both donors and volunteers to keep doing the amazing work they are doing, building homes for those affected by natural disasters or systemic poverty. Check out their website here to see how you can make a difference for kids in need today.
This organization is dedicated to educating young women and girls by preventing child marriage and educating communities around the world about the importance of empowering girls. Maybe you’ve heard of their film, Girl Rising, which has gained international acclaim for its representation of young girls around the world who are struggling to get the same education their male peers are given every day. Check out their site here.
“Imagine a world where the rights of every child are realized.” That is the dream of UNICEF, the organization who supports children’s rights and emergency relief. Their countless campaigns from immunization and nutrition to medical aid and education, need financial and media support. Check them out here.
4. Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontières
Doctors Without Borders is not solely a children’s charity, but there is no denying that these volunteers change and save the lives of children every single day in areas of conflict around the world. DWB needs help fundraising and spreading the word, but also needs doctors on the ground. If you have medical experience and are looking for a way to make a difference, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Check out their site here.
5. Read to Kids
Promote child literacy in your country. Many children do not get to listen to stories or have someone help them as they learn to read. Listening to stories and reading along are both crucial parts of attaining literacy. Find out what organizations are teaching children to read in your country. For USA, click here. For UK, click here. For India, click here. For international opportunities, click here.
6. Help Mothers
While both parents are of great importance to children for role modeling and support, mothers and their health have a great effect on the success and happiness of children. Supporting gender equality as well as pre- and post-natal care is of the utmost importance. Supporting mothers in getting jobs also helps keep children off the street, in schools and well-fed. You can learn more about supporting mothers and help kids in need at Save the Children.org.