Human Appeal International

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Human Appeal
Human Appeal International Logo.jpg
Founded 1991 in Manchester
Type International NGO
Focus Conflict Zones, Sustainable Livelihoods, Education, Health & Nutrition, Orphans and Child Welfare, Water Sanitation & Hygiene, Emergency Relief, Integrated Development.
  • Victoria Court, 376 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 6AX, UK
Area served

Human Appeal is a British international development and relief charity based in Manchester. It was established in 1991.[1]

As registered by the United Kingdom Charity Commission the charity's goals include:

"The prevention or relief of poverty anywhere in the world by providing grants, items and services to individuals in need and/or charities or other organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty."

The charity is made up of a diverse staff and works in 25 countries. It runs targeted poverty relief programmes in the following areas:

• Emergency response – providing humanitarian aid and responding to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. In particular, the charity specialises in water purification and sanitation systems, food security, and building large shelters.

• Sustainable development – concentrating on poverty alleviation, income generation, skills and training, education (both building schools and curriculum development), health (maternal health and child health) and gender equality.


Human Appeal is a patron of Mosaic Network, an organisation founded by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2007 which inspires young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential.[2]

Celebrity support[edit]

Human Appeal has had a wide variety of celebrity support, most notably from past and present footballers from English Premier League clubs Chelsea and Arsenal. This includes the likes of Eden Hazard, John Terry, Branislav Ivanović, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Abou Diaby supporting Human Appeal's children's projects in Senegal.[3] Human Appeal was also supported by Pele on their 25th anniversary celebrations in Manchester 2016. In March 2016 Angelina Jolie visited the Greek island of Lesbos to witness the conditions of refugees fleeing to Europe and visited Human Appeal's transit camp medical facilities.


Human Appeal has offices in the UK (Manchester, London, Birmingham and Leicester), France, Spain and Ireland.

Although it shares the one founder and organisational name, it is a separate organisation from Human Appeal Australia[4] and Human Appeal UAE.[5]

Memberships and Key Partnerships[edit]

Human Appeal is a member of Bond (the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations working in international development).[6] It is a member of the Muslim Charities Forum.[7]

Human Appeal states that its key partners include the World Food Programme, UNOCHA, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNICEF and many others.

Orphan Sponsorship[edit]

Human Appeal has a large Orphan sponsorship programme which currently supports thousands of orphans around the world. Sponsorship is paid directly to the beneficiaries, providing them with food, clothing and school equipment.

Othman Moqbel[edit]

Othman Moqbel has been Chief Executive of Human Appeal since the end of 2010. In that time the charity has grown its reach and effectiveness significantly. Its annual income has grown from £3 million to just over £40+ million, making it one of the UK’s fastest growing charities.

Previously, he served as a Facilitator for youth leadership and development courses students.

He is a member of the European Network of Civil Society Leaders (EUCLAID[8]) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO[9]). In spring 2015 ACEVO's CEO Sir Stephen Bubb visited Pakistan and in the winter of 2016 he visited Lebanon with Othman to see Human Appeal's substantial relief and development operations.[10]

In November 2015 he was awarded an ACEVO Fellowship.[11]

Recent International Projects and Local Commitment[edit]

Since 2011 Human Appeal amongst other British Muslim Charities has been a strong supporter of Syrian refugees. Human Appeal has been providing monthly deliveries of flour for hundreds of bakeries in Syria, thousands of blankets, heaters, tents and charcoal - helping where help is most urgently needed. British Muslim Charities have raised nearly £250million in response to the crisis.[12]

But Human Appeal’s refugee work does not stop in Syria. In early 2016 the Isle of Man for example has donated £30.000 to support Human Appeal’s work on the island of Lesbos which has become a main access point of Syrian refugees arriving in Europe.[13]

In March 2016 Human Appeal has completed a three-month project during which four Gaza universities were rebuilt and £227,000 contributed. Human Appeal also provided a wider variety of support to the universities and their students, including upgrading IT facilities, financial support for students unable to pay fees, and new lab equipment.[14]

Besides many long term projects Human Appeal is also known for its fast response to crises. After the floods in North England the Bradford District Council for example was supported during the clearing up process in late 2015.[15]

In January 2016 Human Appeal worked with the Slough Khidman Community Trust providing winter survival kits - backpacks containing gloves, blankets and dental floss for homeless people to stay warm in the winter.[16] Later that year, in October 2016, Human Appeal announced the Wrap Up Manchester campaign asking the Greater Manchester public to donate unwanted winter coats to help people in need through the cold months. Over 1.500 donated coats were distributed to homeless shelters, refugee centres, elderly organisations, and other charities. Following this campaign and many other projects, Human Appeal was named “Charity of the Year” at the 2017 British Muslim Awards for their outstanding achievements and contribution to British society.[17]

As part of their winter appeal, Human Appeal organised The Comedy Show which toured in December 2016. Aamer Rahman, Imran Yusuf, Mo Amer, Guz Khan, Aatif Nawaz, Nabil AbdulRashid, and Tez Ilyas presented their comedy program in 25 UK cities to raise awareness and donations that helped refugees through the hardest months of the year. [18]


Alleged links to the funding of terrorism made by the Jewish Chronicle in 2012 were withdrawn and an apology was issued after being deemed completely false and deemed a politically motivated attack on Islam.

In 2009 the Charity Commission cleared Human Appeal of all alleged connections to the Union of Good (an international network designated a terrorist organisation by the US) and the case was then closed.[19]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

In 2013, Human Appeal were awarded the International Charity Award at the Global Peace & Unity Festival.

In January 2015, Human Appeal was shortlisted for the Charity of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[20]

In January 2017, Human Appeal was named “Charity of the Year” at the British Muslim Awards for their outstanding achievements and contribution to British society.[21]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Extract from the Central Register of Charities maintained by the Charity Commission for England and Wales: Human Appeal International
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  6. ^ Kroessin, Mohammed Ralf (2009) Mapping UK Muslim Development NGOs, Working Paper 30 Religions and Development Research Programme
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  11. ^ "ACEVO Fellowships | ACEVO". Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  12. ^ "The Week That Matters for Syria and the World". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  13. ^ "Isle of Man donates £50k to humanitarian charities". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  14. ^ "Manchester charity help to rebuild Gaza universities". ITV News. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  15. ^ "Keighley recycling centre opened on New Year's Day for flood-damaged items". Keighley News. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  16. ^ "Survival kits handed out to help homeless through winter months in Slough". Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  17. ^ "BBC Local Live: Greater Manchester and east Cheshire on Thursday 26 January 2017". BBC News. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  18. ^ "This Muslim Comedian Sat Next To Donald Trump's Son On A Plane To Scotland". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  19. ^ Delmar-Morgan, Alex (2015-07-22). "Islamic charities in UK fear they are being unfairly targeted over extremism". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  20. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "BBC Local Live: Greater Manchester and east Cheshire on Thursday 26 January 2017". BBC News. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-02-06.