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The Latin word humanitas has many meanings but the main definition is humanity and kindness. The Roman concept of humanitas described the humane virtues that were expected from educated people.


About us

Family. Healthcare. Education.

Where would we be without these three basic rights?

Here at Humanitas charity we believe no adult or child should live without these essentials. They make us who we are. That’s why since 2001 we have been taking decisive action to ensure the world’s most vulnerable individuals have a chance, not only to survive, but to flourish.

We provide long-term, professional support to individuals in areas of devastating poverty around the world. We build schools. We treat illnesses. We create lasting families for children without a home. We are on the ground, providing care, in a crisis.

So many people urgently need our support. And there’s a host of exciting ways you can help.

We are Humanitas, humanity’s helping hand. Together we can transform lives… for good.

Children's Stories


Why we do it


  • The Un estimates that up to 8 million children around the world are living in institutions.

  • It is estimated that there are between 143 and 210 million children worldwide are orphans.
  • Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out of an orphanage with no family to belong to and no place to call home.
  • Studies have shown that 10% – 15% of these children commit suicide before they reach 18.
  • 4 out of 5 children living in institutions have one or both parents alive.


  • 400 million people do not have access to essential health services.
  • Every year, over 13 million children under the age of five die from illnesses which could have been avoided.
  • 2.2 million children die every year because they have not been immunised.
  • Poor nutrition and calorie deficiencies cause nearly 1 in 3 people to die prematurely or have disabilities, according to the world health organisation.


  • Evidence shows that providing all children with quality basic education could boost annual economic growth by two percent in low-income countries.

  • 61 million children of primary school age are out of school.
  • Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
  • 775 million adults are illiterate. Almost 500 million of them are women.
  • Only 2% of humanitarian aid goes to education.


  • There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
  • 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home.
  • Children accounted for 27% of the more than 1 million refugees and migrants who entered Europe in 2015.
  • 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children are missing in Europe.



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They need you

Your contributions can make a direct and lasting improvement to the
lives of individuals who are deprived of education, health care, and a
family. Find out how you can help make a difference.

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