Avaaz is a US-based progressive NGO that promotes global activism on regional, national, and global issues. It is considered one of the largest activist networks on the internet. The name is obtained from languages around Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In many of these languages, Avaaz translates to “voice” or “song.” The English word “voice” is also very close to the name of the group. Their aim is to bring together individuals of different nationalities to voice their opinion on issues such as climate change, corruption, animal rights, human rights, and all sort of conflict.
As a global community, Avaaz uses 17 languages in its campaigns. It has established core teams on six continents. They currently have about a hundred employees, although they are served by thousands of volunteers around the world. This is quite easy for the organization since it is based on the internet.
Members of the organization keep it running by making donations. Avaaz has not received any donations from corporations and has not accepted any payment of over $5,000. They only accepted donations from foundations before 2009 as they were only a start-up and had to pay their staff. Currently, their primary source of funding is through contributions from individual members.
The civic organization was founded in 2007 by Ricken Patel. Presently, he is the president and executive director of the group. According to him, the goal of the organization is to unite people with practical ideologies around the globe. So far, they have shown support for freedom and human progress by supporting environmental conservation, challenging GMOs and supporting protesters in democratic countries. They have been involved in setting up internet proxies for political and civic protesters and even sending communication equipment to them.
Also, they participated in the sending of medical equipment to Syrian territories that were held by rebels. These were transported through smuggling routes and were worth $2 million. International journalists were also smuggled into Syria by Avaaz during the civil war.
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