Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders
Médecins Sans Frontières is the world’s leading emergency medical humanitarian aid organisation. They provide emergency assistance to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics and natural disasters, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. They go where others cannot or choose not to go. Across the world, in over 70 countries, over 43,000 doctors, nurses, midwives, logisticians, coordinators and support staff work to ensure that emergency medical aid is delivered to those who need it most. They set up and run medical services, train staff and respond to fast moving emergencies, as well as longer-term crises. In 1999, MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its pioneering humanitarian work around the world.
MSF-UK doesn’t take money from the government, their medical work is funded entirely by private donors like us. This means that when there is an emergency, they don’t need to wait for official funds to be released or for the media to generate interest; they can act fast to save people’s lives based on need alone. 85 percent of their income is spent on medical humanitarian projects. Just two percent of the money raised is used for office running costs in the UK, while the other 13 percent is reinvested in fundraising to ensure they can continue their valuable medical work.
Humanitarian Aid, Development, and Advocacy Organisation
World Vision believes that by working together with children, their communities, and supporters and partners – in almost 100 countries – the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children can be transformed. Their experience since 1950 has shown that by bringing together people – of all faiths and none – we can improve children’s health, education, water, protection and sources of family income to build brighter futures.
They do this through a unique community-involvement model: understanding the particular needs in each context, as well as children’s physical, emotional and intellectual needs, so they can reach their full potential. Their integrated approach means that, children’s situations can be transformed – whether in an emergency, through long-term development or by local, national or international advocacy.
In 2019, for every pound spent by World Vision UK, 82p went towards their work for vulnerable children around the world and 18p was spent on raising another pound. Together, thanks to supporters like us and the support of gifts-in-kind and grants from donors like the UK government, they’re giving children hope, a voice, and brighter futures everywhere they work.