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Human Rights Day: 5 Charities You Should Know

December 10 is Human Rights Day. From refugee support to pediatric AIDS prevention, here are 5 organizations around the world to know.

5 Human Rights Charities You Should Know
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Today is Human Rights Day.

In 1950, the United Nations General Assembly declared December 10 to be Human Rights Day—a day in which the world would celebrate the “fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.”

More than 60 years after this declaration, millions of children and families around the world still struggle to find food, to live in safety and to get medical treatment. 

From refugee support to pediatric AIDS prevention, here are 5 organizations around the world to know.

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

This non-profit charity works to end pediatric HIV and AIDS infection in over 14 countries in the world. Elizabeth Glaser contracted HIV during a blood transfusion while giving birth to her son in 1981. Her daughter contracted the virus through breast milk and died of the virus in 1988, as the drugs available at the time were for adults and not children. Glaser founded EGPAF to conduct pediatric AIDS research before losing her own battle in 1994. EGPAF is now the leading non-profit in pediatric AIDS research, education and prevention in the world. 

Prevent Child Abuse America

Since 1972, this organization has been working to prevent child abuse in America. It’s Healthy Families program helps nearly 100,000 families a year. Using 92 cents of every dollar to help directly support healthy families and ensure that children get to have a safe and happy home environment. 

National Alliance to End Homelessness

This charity works on the federal, state and local levels to create practical programs to end homelessness in America. Watch homeless veterans speak on what its like to be homeless and how you can help. 

Action Against Hunger

This international organization works to prevent malnutrition and dehydration in people daily–particularly during and after major conflicts or natural disasters. AAH provides clean water and food to the hungry in more than 45 countries around the world and works to provide people with sustainable food security and economic stability.

International Rescue Committee

Albert Einstein helped to create IRC in 1933 and ever since, this charity has been dedicated to responding to the needs of people in the wake of disasters, conflicts and wars,worldwide. They work in more than 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities to provide safety, healthcare, food, shelter and economic empowerment to those in need.

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