Mission / Vision
Our mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives that last and spread without ongoing support from Concern.
Our role is to ensure that people living in extreme poverty are able to meet their basic needs, achieve their rights and manage their own development. We do so by working with communities and by using our shared experience and knowledge to address the root causes of extreme poverty.
To achieve this mission we engage in long-term development work, respond to emergency situations, and seek to address the root causes of poverty.
Concern Worldwide US, Inc. is an affiliate of Concern Worldwide and supports the Concern network by recruiting staff, supporting program development, creating public awareness of humanitarian issues and financially supporting programs.
Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.
Since its foundation in 1968, Concern Worldwide—through its work in emergencies and long-term development—has saved countless lives, relieved suffering and provided opportunities for a better standard of living for millions of people. We work primarily in the countries ranked in the bottom 40 of the United Nations Human Development Report. Concern implements emergency response programs as well as long-term development programs in the areas of livelihoods, health, HIV&AIDS, and education.
Concern’s work is informed by a vision for change. We envision a world in which no-one lives in poverty, fear or oppression; in which all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities and choices essential to a long, healthy and creative life; and in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
As the organization has grown over the years, the core values that define Concern and its approach to emergencies and long-term development are based upon:
1.An ability to respond quickly, creatively and effectively to people in need.
2. Enthusiasm and necessary risk-taking matched by prudent judgment and a professional approach.
3. A belief in development as a process which occurs in people, proceeds at their pace and is achieved, not given.
Concern organizational strengths include:
Our team of nearly 3,000 highly skilled and committed workers represents an exceptional depth of experience, talent, commitment and diversity.
Our on-the-ground presence in 26 countries gives us a base in places most likely to be affected by humanitarian crises.
Our track record, particularly in emergency response, child survival, and nutrition, is recognized internationally as being of exceptionally high quality.
Our ability to facilitate the various stakeholders to ensure greatest impact on the ground. This facilitation is a key component in how we operate as an organization.
We have a diverse support base of funds–from private and government sources–which allows us the independence to respond to a crisis when we are needed most.