What are some organizations that are involved in international relief programs and efforts?

The Family Care Foundation

In addition to its other grassroots efforts to help family and children around the world, The Family Care Foundation (FCF) provides humanitarian services and support in developing countries. Responding to local emergencies, FCF and partners manage extensive emergency services and relief activities at disaster sites. Some of the international disasters to which the Family Care Foundation has responded are the earthquakes in India, El Salvador, Turkey, Colombia, and Taiwan; Hurricane Mitch in Central America; flooding in India and Mexico; and the US Embassy bombing in Kenya.

The FCF emphasizes extensive follow-up, often in close cooperation with various government agencies. For more information on Family Care Foundation's relief services and other programs, visit


CARE attempts to look beyond the symptoms of poverty to confront its underlying causes. CARE's programs serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world, facilitating lasting change for them through strengthening people's capacity for self-help, providing economic opportunities, delivering relief in emergencies, influencing policy decisions and addressing discrimination.

*For more information on CARE and its work, visit

The International Rescue Committee

At work in 25 countries, the IRC delivers emergency aid, rebuilds disrupted communities, cares for war-traumatized children, rehabilitates infrastructure, reunites families, establishes schools, trains teachers, strengthens the capacity of local organizations, and supports civil society and good-governance initiatives in places affected by war and disaster.

For refugees afforded sanctuary in the United States, the International Rescue Committee's offices provide assistance aimed at helping new arrivals get settled, adjust and acquire the skills to become self-sufficient. For more information about how the IRC operates, and how you can contribute to its efforts to restore dignity and self-reliance, visit

The UN's World Food Program

The United Nation's World Food Program is not resigned to hunger; there is more than enough food to feed the world's population. WFP believes that food aid can break the cycle of poverty and hunger. Thus, WGP uses innovative food and relief programs, rehabilitation programs, and development operations to deliver food to the weak and poor around the world.

The World Food Program also works to ensure that people can ultimately secure food through their own efforts. Though sanctioned by the UN, WFP receives no dues or UN assessed contributions. Corporations around the world are a vital source of contributions to WFP's activities, as are individuals who donate cash, services and food.

*Visit for information on ways in which you can help WFP fight hunger.

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