Since it was established over a quarter of a century ago, Greater Manchester-based aid and development charity Human Appeal UK has been involved in a huge variety of projects that have helped to save and improve lives around the world. Here, we take a look back at some of the most important milestones in its journey so far.
The non-profit was set up in 1991 by a group of Manchester students who had an ambition to make the world a better place. They were inspired to act by the drought in East Africa that struck the same year. In its infancy, the charity was run out of a small one-bedroom flat, but its founders didn’t let their limited space and resources deter them from doing their bit to help. They headed out to Sudan to deliver emergency aid and they also launched their orphan sponsorship programme, which continues to this day.
A step up
A major turning point for Human Appeal came in 1995 when a generous donor provided the money the organisation needed to move from its cramped base to a well-equipped office in Manchester. This new premises reflected the charity’s growing stature and it helped it to further its work helping vulnerable people around the world.
Making a difference in Syria
Over the years, the organisation has been involved in many important initiatives across the globe, from providing safe water in Gaza to responding to flooding in Pakistan, offering medicine and other supplies in Iraq and sending emergency relief to the victims of earthquakes in India. However, some of its most high-profile projects have been in Syria – and this work began when conflict broke out in the country in 2011. One of its globally renowned initiatives is its flour distribution project, which is supplying food to 200,000 Syrians each month.
Charity of the year
In January 2016, Human Appeal won Charity of the Year at the British Muslim Awards. It picked up the accolade in recognition for its outstanding achievements and its contribution towards British society. The event, which was staged at The Athena in Leicester, celebrated the role the Muslim population plays in the UK. Thousands of British Muslims were nominated for their work in areas such as sports, business, culture and arts.
If you want to find out more about the charity and what it does, or you’d like to read up on upcoming Human Appeal events, you can visit the organisation’s website.