What We Do

Empowering the poor and marginalized in order to restore their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual identity.

The Situation

“We believe, that when a person's most basic needs are met, they have the best opportunity for success. Unfortunately, some people simply don't have what they need to be healthy and pursue their dreams.

International Needs Humanitarian Aid Trust aims to support local indigenous leaders to serve their communities, in order to transform lives. 

Ask yourself.  What would happen if you had no access to safe drinking water? What if your children had no opportunity to attend school to receive an education?  What If you were not able to receive simple medical treatment like vaccinations?   

In many of the countries that International Needs serves there are a number of inequalities and cultural sensitivities, that only our local partners understand are equipped to work through.

With your help, their aim, is to level the playing field. We have found that equipping and empowering local people, who live in communities with these struggles makes a big difference.  Leaders who live in these communities have built-in trust, local relationships,  a keen understanding of the locals needs and great wisdom in pulling together the whole community to make a difference.

When people don’t have to worry about these most basic needs, they are able to thrive.  Children that have been fed stand a greater chance of learning within the classroom, they are able to explore life and bound forward without worry.  Both men and women that are empowered are able to pursue the dreams the Lord has laid upon their hearts and bless their family and whole community.  Those that have been victimised and are rescued from bondage are able to live free.

INHAT is proud to partner with local leaders in these communities and make an impact within the service areas of Economic Empowerment, Human Rights, Aid & Development, Education, and Health & Sanitation. When you support International Needs, you make all this possible!

Service Areas

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Economic Empowerment

Economic empowerment provides opportunities for people to break free from the endless cycle of poverty

International Needs economic empowerment programs provide pathways for moving above the poverty line. The partners we work with, are specifically passionate about providing a holistic approach around gender-based empowerment.

Learning marketable skills, having the opportunity to start a small business, and living free from human trafficking are all vital parts of building a safe and sustainable future. International Needs prioritizes programs to provide vulnerable women and refuges an opportunity to gain a brighter future.

Problem Statistic

Economic Empowerment provides opportunities for people to break free from the endless cycle of poverty.

Our Response

  • Creating vocational training programs
  • Administering livestock ownership projects
  • Supporting locally based enterprise development projects

Our Impact

  • 40 young women were equipped with a sustainable vocation to return to their village and serve in their local church
  • 200 Sudanese and Syrian refugees took classes at the Vocation Training Center in Egypt
  • 65 young women are receiving entrepreneurial training at the Center for Empowerment and Enterprise Development in Ghana

Human Rights

We believe in equality amongst all groups and freedom from discrimination. Girls and women in many countries are often viewed and treated as second class citizens. Whilst this attitude is changing in a lot of urban centres, in many rural communities, these views still persist. Many families view educating women as unnecessary and are therefore unwilling to spend money on formal education for their daughters. Often women are expected to begin work or marry and begin a family at a young age. As a result, many of these women have only basic levels of education. With a lack of education some are sold into slavery, some resort to prostitution and others beg, just to feed their children. Our partners focus on empowering local leaders to make changes to these cultural norms, to empower women and children and ensure every human is respected and is given the opportunity to a better life.

Problem Statistic

It is estimated that 2/3 of women on the planet are not educated, with 58% being illiterate.

Our Response

  • Supporting local legal firms to help abolish slavery and prosecute child and women traffickers
  • Supported more than 1,500 women and girls each year with access to education or vocational training to empower and equip them for their future.
  • Provide a voice of advocacy to those groups who are marginalised in society

Our Impact

  • 20 Venezuelan refugee children attending Rose of Sharon School in Colombia
  • 200 Syrian refugee families in Turkey have received food, blankets, and a message of hope
  • 200 Filipino families received food and supplies after a devastating typhoon

Aid Support

Partnering with local leaders that are connected to communities, who at times need short-term aid support, enables us to act in times of need.

Whilst our partners do not directly engage in disaster relief, they do seek opportunities to ensure aid can be provided to those when in need. This includes distributing food parcels to feed a hungry family’s or provide simple measures like wash stations to help prevent the spread of viruses or disease.

Problem Statistic

Today over 68 million people have been forcibly displaced and in need of basic aid and at times we have a duty to respond to this. We understand that aid is only short-lived and we believe a focus on local development will provide long term sustainability for individuals and communities.

Our Response

  • Providing short term food aid to victims of Covid-19, refugees and families affected by disasters such as floods or earthquakes and other basic human needs, is a way INHAT responds to those in need.
  • INHAT main focus is toward development, we believe in following a process that creates growth, progress and positive change in the physical, spiritual, economic, environmental, social and demographic component of each of our partners supported programs.
  • We do this by, working together with local partners, other NGO’s, the private sector as well as the government sector (including MFAT) to create sustainable development projects that focuses on creating long term change and sustainability.


Every child deserves an education

Empowering children through education is the key to a bright and productive future. Education helps individuals break out of the trap of poverty and injustice and creates opportunities to maximize their God given potential.

International Needs makes connections between people who are passionate about education, children, students, and adults who need an education. Through education, we all make an investment to change communities for Jesus Christ. Education programs include child sponsorships, building school facilities, technology tools, teacher support, and scholarships for tertiary or apprenticeship students.

Problem Statistic

More than 250 million children around the world are not in school.

Our Response

  • Building and supporting schools
  • One on one child sponsorship
  • Providing scholarships for vocational training and college level education

Our Impact

  • 20,000 people in Ghana were educated on child protection, child marriage, and child trafficking issues
  • 10 partnering countries provide education as one of their outreaches
  • 11 schools are operated by International Needs

Health & Sanitation

International Needs Humanitarian Aid Trust supports local indigenous leasers to provide access to basic healthcare

When a person has access to basic healthcare, safe drinking water, and sanitation, everything about their life is improved.

International Needs works to provide access to basic healthcare, clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education to communities where vulnerable people live. The need is great, and resources are scarce. Support from people like you makes all this possible!

Problem Statistic

Water related illness kills one in five children under five years of age every year.

Our Response

  • Distributing food and preventative health supplies to the vulnerable
  • Teaching preventative healthcare in schools
  • Providing medical supplies and support for emergency needs
  • Providing medical clinics, medical teams, pharmaceuticals and equipment, and support for emergency medical needs

Our Impact

  • 2,500 people from five different communities were served by medical teams in Ghana
  • 3,000 people in Ghana have access to clean water because of new piped water
  • 1,500 children were educated in preventitive health practices

Our Impact

Last Year's Impact

When people are supported and empowered, they are given the tools and support to live a better life. We want to give a special thanks to our donors for all of their support through time and resources throughout the year. Here is a snapshot of some of the amazing things we’ve been able to accomplish together within international communities. Read more about our impact:

Annual Report

International Needs Humanitarian Aid Trust

  • 10,000+ food parcels distributed
  • 3 water wells provided to villages in Uganda
  • 1800 children sponsored in 5 countries
  • 16 schools supported through INCAP

International Needs NZ

  • 102 national workers supported
  • 12,000 people reached through crusades in Burkina Faso
  • 7 churches in Philippines repaired after typhoons
  • 1,200 bibles distributed through World of Joy Christmas appeal

Sustainable Development Goals

INHAT aims to deliver or work toward being a sustainable organisation. We do this in many ways, one of these ways is by adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

IN and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. They call us to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. IN is committed to playing its part towards achieving this vision and supports all 17 goals.

Under that umbrella and in response to the needs identified by our network partners, IN’s development programmes commonly emphasise the following themes:

SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
IN's programmes typically target vulnerable groups with the objective of ending their poverty

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
IN’s sponsorship programmes include provision for the improved health access and care of sponsored participants, all children supported are provided access to better quality health care and improved overall health in general via nutrition, education, well-being etc… Other programmes include measures to increase access to healthcare and general well-being for participants (e.g. IN Fiji’s work with solo mothers and their children)

SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Education is a key component of many of IN’s programmes, and all child sponsorships. Several partners run schools, and many also provide vocational training for vulnerable women and families (e.g. Ghana, Philippines, Fiji, India).

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls
IN seeks to encourage improvements in gender equality, specifically in the areas of income levels, basic health, educational achievement, and decision-making. Many programmes target the empowerment of vulnerable women (e.g. Fiji’s solo mothers, Ghana’s child labourers)

SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Improved water supply, sanitation and hygiene is often identified as a community need in our partner communities. (e.g. IN has implemented WASH programmes in Bougainville, Ghana, Uganda)

SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
IN targets its programmes towards vulnerable women and children. Over the years, our programmes have helped to release women and children from slavery, trafficking, economic oppression, and hardship (e.g. with IN partners particularly in Ghana, Cambodia, Nepal, and Fiji). We endorse the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 which states: “All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

Our Reach

International Needs Services 21 Countries

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Where We Serve