Greatest Need

By giving to the area of greatest need, you step beyond the news, and send your support to those most in need of help in the crises we cover. Use the expertise of iguacu to guide your overseas giving and donate today.

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What You Need to Know

If you want your overseas giving to support those in the greatest need, rather than a specific country, when you donate, select the area of greatest need. All the countries we cover are in the midst of a serious humanitarian crisis. By choosing area of greatest need, you are utilizing iguacu’s in-depth knowledge and expertise to ensure those caught up in our most in-need crisis always receive effective support. 

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Our research team has identified Syria as the current area of greatest need, where today, nearly 14 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, almost half are children. Your donation will support the Syrian operations of SAMS, our recommended charity in Syria. Monthly donors benefit from our ongoing monitoring of both crisis and charity.

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Humanitarian crises are incredibly complex and ever changing. iguacu continuously monitors the situation on the ground and the charities we recommend. Monthly donors greatly value this service as they can be confident their donation is always supporting the right charity as circumstances change. As charity recommendations change, monthly donors receive advance notification. 


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Each month Monthly Donors receive the iguacu Impact Report and One Time Donors receive the iguacu Update, via email. 

US-based monthly donors are sent an annual donation report every January for their tax returns, and any monthly donor can also request the January statement. 

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Our in-depth investigation has revealed that SAMS is one of the most active and responsive healthcare charities in Syria.

Primarily run by Syrian nationals, best placed to understand and respond to this complex crisis, SAMS’ exceptionally wide reach allows them to assist people in hard-to-access areas. SAMS provided more than 2.6 million medical services last year, including in displacement camps, with an increasing sensitivity to gender-based violence and provision for psychosocial support.


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EMERGENCY HEALTHCARE SERVICES

In 2016 amid violent conflict, SAMS-supported facilities provided 920,620 intensive care services to critically sick and severely injured civilians.

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BASIC HEALTHCARE SERVICES

SAMS supports 60 facilities across Syria that provide primary healthcare for local populations. In 2016, SAMS participated in 7 vaccination campaigns for childhood diseases.

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HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE

Last year, SAMS supported 53 ambulances to transport the injured to receive lifesaving treatment. SAMS also helps rebuild and fortify health facilities under attack, including underground structures.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL 
SUPPORT

To address the psychological issues induced by the war, the organization provided nearly 36,000 psychosocial care services in 2016.

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SELFLESSNESS AND BRAVERY

In Syria healthcare facilities are subject to systematic and targeted attacks. Since 2015, 42 SAMS medical workers have lost their lives. 

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MIDWIFERY


In 2016, the 66 SAMS reproductive health facilities delivered nearly 40,000 babies in constrained and dangerous conditions.

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How We Do It

iguacu is an independent non-profit enabling you to give overseas effectively

Our mission is to empower and serve the public when they wish to help in the world, wherever there is great need.

Where there are serious humanitarian crises, we enable the public to give with confidence, to a genuinely effective charity on the ground, addressing a major humanitarian need.

We conduct in-depth investigations with an extensive global expert network. We find great charities, provide trusted up-to-date coverage of crises, and determine effective actions the public can take.

iguacu gives each of us the power to have a greater impact on human suffering than we ever thought possible.

What’s in a name?

‘iguacu’ (pronounced: igwah-soo) means ‘big water’ and is also the name of the great South American river known for its awe-inspiring waterfall.

iguacu evokes the power and beauty of thoughtful mass action, likening one person’s intention to a drop of water, and mass action to the great and beautiful Iguaçu.

We do the research so you don’t have to

Humanitarian crises are complex. They are shaped by a broad range of contextual factors, as well as many practical constraints. It can be hard to understand the full picture, and even harder to find an organization taking effective action. That’s where iguacu comes in.

Our highly skilled research team build extensive intelligence networks on the ground in crisis zones, providing area experts a protected space to speak freely and confidentially about the crisis. This is of huge importance in areas where global news services have withdrawn, and freedoms of speech and press are limited. All of our expert network give their time for no fee.

The great value of iguacu’s approach is the depth, scope and qualitative nature of our investigation. Speaking one-to-one with a broad range of experts yields an in-depth understanding of what is actually happening on the ground right now, and which organizations are well-placed, well-run and having a great impact.

Our recommendations

The final stage of our investigation is the iguacu due diligence process, applied to the shortlist of organizations that has emerged from our network.

We assess an organizations’ current need for funding, their governance, suitability to handle funds responsibly, and if their appeal for funding is restricted to the country. Appeals must be restricted to be recommended by iguacu.

Any organization recommended is monitored continuously and subject to change based on their effectiveness and the evolving needs of the crisis.

The iguacu model

5% of your donation goes to iguacu to help contribute to the cost of the extensive and rigorous research necessary to identify great charities in the world's most severe crises. Our world-class research team do the legwork on behalf of the public who greatly value our high quality service. The fee level was set by the public in research conducted by DJS in 2016.

One of the many qualities donors value about iguacu is that when they donate, their donation is restricted. This means it goes to the crisis in question, not the other operations of a charity. Monthly donors also receive a monthly Impact Report and an annual statement.

Media Contact

For more information, or to interview a member of the iguacu leadership team, contact Dawn Ringel, Warner Communications, at +1 (781) 449-8456 or dawn@warnerpr.com

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Governing Principal 1

We’re a positive enterprise with a heart and a very special mission: to empower and serve the public when they wish to help in the world wherever there is great need.

Governing Principal 2

By providing the 'go to' place for the world to give, iguacu's vision is to enable the channelling of large scale effective public action to where it's most needed.

Governing Principal 3

iguacu provides reliable recommendations for effective action that the public can take with confidence. iguacu’s high quality, balanced and authoritative information service helps the public make informed decisions about acting effectively and raises awareness of issues concerning large scale suffering that need the world’s attention.

Governing Principal 4

iguacu exists to serve the global public and as a result of its service, to reduce human suffering.

Governing Principal 5

In serving the public, we serve two main constituencies: our platform users/community, and the beneficiaries of the actions we recommend.

Governing Principal 6

iguacu’s coverage of countries and crises is limited to places in the world where the local capacity or willingness to respond is limited.

Governing Principal 7

At iguacu, we value rigour, striving in all our research and services from inception to delivery to be as rigorous as possible.

Governing Principal 8

At the heart of our operations and effectiveness is the extensive iguacu network of area experts. As we protect their identity, the network is free to speak, in otherwise constrained circumstances. This enables us to advise the public about what is really happening on the ground, in support of the mission and vision.

Governing Principal 9

iguacu is strictly independent. All humanitarian and development organizations considered by iguacu arise from our confidential liaison with our extensive network of area experts.

Governing Principal 10

iguacu accepts no sources of funding that do not fully accept our principle of independence, come with an agenda, or attempt to influence what we do and where we do it.

Governing Principal 11

iguacu is service-oriented and user-sensitive in the pursuit of its mission and vision. We very much welcome, value and respond effectively to user feedback in our drive to create a platform the public loves, acts on and shares with others, whilst adhering to our governing principles.

Governing Principal 12

iguacu is strictly and permanently not-for-profit and its not-for-profit status cannot be changed under any circumstances by anyone. Surplus funds are re-invested into improving iguacu’s services and securing iguacu’s financial sustainability. Any further surplus will be dispersed to iguacu’s recommended organizations.

Governing Principal 13

iguacu seeks to remain as lean as possible in terms of its own costs by seeking pro bono services and using cost-effective means to conduct its operations whilst adhering to its governing principles.

Governing Principal 14

In serving the global public and realising the mission and vision, and in all operations and communications, iguacu seeks to do no harm.

Governing Principal 15

In recruitment, we seek highly skilled professionals in tune with our values and mission, and with a positive, results-oriented, solutions-oriented attitude.

Governing Principal 16

In all internal and external communications, and in all our operations, we value people’s time.

Governing Principal 17

In our own operations, structure and governance, we value effectiveness, integrity, agility, responsiveness, diversity and innovation.

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Katherine Davies

CEO & Founder

Emma Forster

Director of Operations

Tim Phillips

Marketing Manager

Cara Sawl-Hill

Office & Finance Manager

Adib Chowdhury

Disaster Research and Response Specialist

Blandine Sixdenier

Lead Researcher, Central African Republic & South Sudan

Carmen Ferguson

Marketing and Communications Officer

Kirsti Aventurin

Lead Researcher, Haiti & Myanmar

Nathanael Chouraqui

Lead Researcher, Iraq & Syria

Rahila Muhibi

Lead Researcher, Afghanistan

Board and Senior Advisors

Dr. Deborah DiStefano

Director, Board of iguacu USA

Heidi Fisher

Chair, Board of iguacu UK

Kathryn Giblin

Director, Board of iguacu USA

Wendy Firlotte

Director, Board of iguacu UK

Ava Lawler

Managing Director, Weber Shandwick Australia

Dr James R. Doty M.D

Neurosurgeon, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University

Mandy Johnson

UK Director of Partnerships at Change.org

Marci Shimoff

#1 NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned transformational teacher and expert on happiness and success

Mark Heywood

Strategy, Risk and Resilience Consultant and Filmmaker

Peter Burdin

Practitioner In Residence at University of Central Lancashire UCLAN, former Head of BBC Africa

Peter Wilson

International development consultant and angel investor

Rebecca Greenhalgh

Senior Associate, Pro Bono at Ashurst

Dominykas Broga

Senior Advisor, Sub Saharan Africa

Sinan al-Hawat

Senior Advisor, Middle East
Katherine Davies

Katherine Davies

CEO & Founder

Katherine has more than 25 years' experience working in charities and INGOs, international banking, policy and parliamentary research, strategic communications and development. Prior to completing her MSc in International Relations from the LSE, she was a newspaper journalist and a researcher at the Parliament of Australia.

Emma Forster

Emma Forster

Director of Operations

Emma has been working in the non-profit sector for over 10 years in various operational roles, she holds a BA hons in English Literature and Language from the University of Reading and a Masters in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths College, where she specialised in the study of performance art as a tool for global social and political change. She has lived in the UK and the Netherlands.

Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips

Marketing Manager

Tim holds a BA Hons in Social Science from Durham University. He has an extensive background of international marketing and communications in Europe, Asia and Africa, working predominately on events and publications for education, agriculture, technology and healthcare. Tim has lived in the UK, New Zealand and South Africa.

Cara Sawl-Hill

Cara Sawl-Hill

Office & Finance Manager

Cara holds a BSc in Psychology from City University. She has worked as an Office Manager in SME's and start ups for several years, with strong experience of building businesses from the ground up.

Adib Chowdhury

Adib Chowdhury

Disaster Research and Response Specialist

Adib holds an MSc in Conflict Studies from the LSE. He has worked with the UNDP and with NATO. He also works as a photojournalist undertaking projects exploring human rights and environmental issues across the Middle East and South Asia and was awarded the Marty Forscher Fellowship Prize for achievements in humanistic photography. Adib speaks English, Bengali, and basic French and Arabic.

Blandine Sixdenier

Blandine Sixdenier

Lead Researcher, Central African Republic & South Sudan

Blandine holds a Masters in Conflict Studies from the LSE and a BA in Political Science from Université Laval. She formerly worked at the French Ministry of Defense and at Advention Business Partners. She speaks French and English.

Carmen Ferguson

Carmen Ferguson

Marketing and Communications Officer

Carmen holds a BA Hons in Creative Advertising and an MSc in Marketing and Creativity from ESCP Europe Business School. She has experience in marketing & communication, branding and business development, working for companies that help improve people's everyday lives. Carmen has lived in the UK, France, the Netherlands and the USA.

Kirsti Aventurin

Kirsti Aventurin

Lead Researcher, Haiti & Myanmar

Kirsti has an MSc in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. She previously worked in Geneva as humanitarian information analyst with ACAPS, and in Brussels on the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development, with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). Additionally she was a research assistant with the Migration, Borders and Asylum sector of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna. Kirsti speaks English, French, Creole and Spanish

Nathanael Chouraqui

Nathanael Chouraqui

Lead Researcher, Iraq & Syria

Nathanael holds an MSc. in International Relations from the LSE, a Bachelor of Laws from the Sorbonne University and a B.A. in Government from Sciences Po Aix. He previously worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as Research Consultant at Harvard University. Nathanael was awarded the LSE Research Festival Highly Commended Prize for his research on post-terrorist attack resilience. He speaks French and English.

Rahila Muhibi

Rahila Muhibi

Lead Researcher, Afghanistan

Rahila holds a Masters degree in Human Rights Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and a BA in International Studies and Political Science from Methodist University in the USA. She has previously worked with the UNHCR and Focus Humanitarian Assistance in Tajikistan and with the Danish Refugee Council in Greece. Rahila has lived in the UK, USA, Canada, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Rahila speaks English, Dari and Urdu.

Dr. Deborah DiStefano

Dr. Deborah DiStefano

Director, Board of iguacu USA

Dr. DiStefano is an ophthalmologist and founder of DiStefano Eye Center. She received her training at The Medical College of Wisconsin and completed a corneal fellowship at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. DiStefano also serves on the board of the Helene DiStefano Fund, which provides financial assistance to mothers with cancer.

Heidi Fisher

Heidi Fisher

Chair, Board of iguacu UK

Heidi helps businesses and social enterprises grow and make a difference in society. As the author of “Social Enterprise: How to successfully set up and grow a social enterprise”, she uses her extensive knowledge in the field to internally measure an organization’s impact. Heidi has worked with social enterprises, businesses, and charities for over 18 years.

Kathryn Giblin

Kathryn Giblin

Director, Board of iguacu USA

Kathryn is a leading business transformation agent with over two decades helping companies realise their full market potential in Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific. Connecting people, technology and ideas, Kathryn had helped multiple brands stand out from the crowd and deliver exceptional products, tools and services.

Wendy Firlotte

Wendy Firlotte

Director, Board of iguacu UK

Wendy is a specialist at corporate sustainability & social responsibility engagement. Wendy made the shift to the corporate world after working in the non-profit sector for 8 years, implementing and managing projects in developing and transitional countries. Her work included assisting NGOs with organizational and project sustainability as well as leading sector-based field research to analyze aid effectiveness, gaps in assistance and assess levels of household recovery in complicated post-disaster aid situations.

Ava Lawler

Ava Lawler

Managing Director, Weber Shandwick Australia

Ava has spent more than two decades consulting with companies on how to liberate their potential through effective communications in Australia, as well as across Asia, Europe and South Africa. She began her career in Brisbane helping organisations such as the Australian Sugar Industry, Seppelt Wines and Telecom Australia (now Telstra).

Dr James R. Doty M.D

Dr James R. Doty M.D

Neurosurgeon, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University

Presently a professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University with expertise in the treatment of brain tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery and spine surgery. He is also a philanthropist who has funded projects related to healthcare in the third world and is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

Mandy Johnson

Mandy Johnson

UK Director of Partnerships at Change.org

Mandy Johnson is the UK Director of Partnerships for Change.org where she works with some of the UK’s most innovative charities and agencies. Mandy took her first role as a fundraiser in 2009 and, since then, has worked for a variety of charities and completed a Masters in Fundraising and Marketing.

Marci Shimoff

Marci Shimoff

#1 NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned transformational teacher and expert on happiness and success

Marci is a #1 NY Times bestselling author, a world-renowned transformational teacher, and an expert on happiness, success and unconditional love. She’s authored the international bestsellers, Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason, co-authored six titles in the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series as well as Inkspirations for Women: Color Your World Happy. She is also a featured teacher in The Secret.

Mark Heywood

Mark Heywood

Strategy, Risk and Resilience Consultant and Filmmaker

Mark has 20 years of senior business experience across financial services, government departments, city and county councils and the charity sector, providing hands-on management of large operational resilience programmes, and consultancy on business strategy and risk management. In addition he is an experienced writer and filmmaker and helps creative organisations be more corporate, and corporate organisations be more creative.

Peter Burdin

Peter Burdin

Practitioner In Residence at University of Central Lancashire UCLAN, former Head of BBC Africa

Peter Burdin is the BBC’s former Africa Bureau Chief. He lived in Johannesburg and Nairobi from 2009 to 2014, where he travelled and worked extensively around the continent.

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

International development consultant and angel investor

As a international development consultant and angel investor in social impact and digital health transformation businesses, Peter is currently a senior advisor in the British Government’s Stabilisation Unit, working on good governance and development in conflict-affected countries. With an MBA from INSEAD, Peter co-founded Libra Advisory Group in 2006 to work with on large government change programs in developing countries to help build capacity to address economic and social challenges. He co-authored the book, Make Poverty Business.

Rebecca Greenhalgh

Rebecca Greenhalgh

Senior Associate, Pro Bono at Ashurst

Rebecca is a practicing solicitor with extensive experience in developing and managing pro bono initiatives within a law firm setting, with particular emphasis on schemes suitable for overseas and dual-qualified lawyers. She has experience at the International Criminal Tribunal and is a member of the CEO’s Committee for the Access to Justice Foundation.

Dominykas Broga

Dominykas Broga

Senior Advisor, Sub Saharan Africa

Dominykas holds a Masters in Conflict Studies from the LSE. He formerly worked at Global Risk Insights and at Amsterdam Group, where he specialized in Nigeria and Kazakhstan after gaining work experience at the United Nations. As former Research Manager at iguacu, Dominykas played a key role in the early development of the iguacu research methodology and practices, and an invaluable role in the general management of iguacu's early evolution. Dominykas continues as a Senior Advisor to iguacu. Dominykas has lived in Egypt, Lithuania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and contributes regularly to various online publications. He speaks Lithuanian and English.

Sinan al-Hawat

Sinan al-Hawat

Senior Advisor, Middle East

A Chevening Scholar, Sinan holds two Masters degrees including a Masters in Development Management from the LSE. He has worked both in the public and NGO sector in Syria, specializing in the field of poverty alleviation, rural development and humanitarian aid. As former Lead Researcher for the Middle East for iguacu, Sinan, alongside establishing iguacu's expertise in the region, played a key role in the early development of the iguacu research methodology, and continues as a Senior Advisor to iguacu. Sinan has published a number of articles on the civil war in Syria. He speaks Arabic, Persian, and English.

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