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Reach Deployments

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What is Reach?

Throughout the year, our Reachers travel overseas to gain an in-depth, on-the-ground understanding of what it takes to deliver aid amidst humanitarian crises. You’ll learn transferable skills such as fundraising, communication, and how to be both a team-player and a great leader. You’ll develop grit, resolve, resilience, and compassion, while gaining an insight into how NGOs work. One thing’s for sure, a Reach Deployment can change your life forever.

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Why Reach?

The minute you sign up to Reach, you become known as a ‘Reacher’ who is part of the Human Appeal family. We’ll support you every step of the way, from helping unlock your fundraising potential to developing your leadership skills. Expect one-to-one fundraising guidance, regular online meetings and coaching, leadership training seminars, and life-changing overseas missions. If you want to serve humanity on a global scale and raise vital funds, your journey starts here.

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Reach Every Human

Deployment dates 2023/24

Kenya - 2nd – 9th October 2023

Lebanon - 4th – 9th December 2023

Lebanon - 10th – 15th December 2023

Lebanon – 8th – 13th January 2024

Lebanon – 14th – 19th January 2024

Lebanon – 4th – 9th March 2024

Lebanon – 26th – 1st April 2024

Lebanon – 2nd – 8th April 2024

Lebanon – 6th – 12th May 2024

Lebanon – 13th – 18th May 2024

Kenya – 1st – 8th June 2024

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Kenya – 8th – 15th June 2024

Gambia – 1st – 6th July 2024

Lebanon – 5th – 11th August 2024

Lebanon – 12th – 18th August 2024

Lebanon – 2nd – 8th September 2024

Kenya – 7th – 14th October 2024

Kenya – 14th – 21st October 2024

Pakistan – 4th – 13th November 2024

Lebanon – 2nd – 7th December 2024

Lebanon – 8th – 13th December 2024

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The deployment journey has 3 important steps

After signing up and deciding upon the country you want to visit, the first step of your journey will be fundraising. Each country has its own fundraising target – please see below. Remember, you have as much time as you need to raise funds. Plus, what’s so unique about a Reach Deployment is that we don’t ask for a registration fee.

Briefing

Whether conflict or climate-related, humanitarian crises zones face the same challenges: a deteriorating infrastructure and lack of access to food, safe water, healthcare, sanitation facilities and shelter. Before you travel, you will receive a full briefing on the humanitarian situation. We’ll cover information such as what to pack, itinerary and flight information, and provide mandatory safeguarding training to protect our beneficiaries. We’ll also answer any questions you may have.

Deployment

This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows you to spend time with the people we support and see, first-hand, the real, tangible difference that humanitarian aid delivery can make, and understand the challenges faced by those living in harsh conditions.

What our Reachers say

Hear from our reachers

"A life changing, eye opening and humbling experience! Everyone has an awareness of what happens in the world but it’s a different awareness when you live in that moment, serve in the conditions our brothers and sisters are living in and engage in their energy. I’d like to thank Zainab and Khalil for making the deployment the way it was, this experience was up there with one of the best times of my life. I cannot recommend doing this enough, to every single person. It’s truly changed my life."

Maimoona Din, Nurse Lecturer

"The deployment was an eye opener. Helped me to increase my understanding of the living condition ands overall challenges which our brothers and sisters in faith as well as humanity face all over the world."

Ibrahim Conteh, Transformation Coach and PT

“Deployment a truly life changing experience. To have the ability to give aid first hand and meet our brothers and sisters we are supporting is something I will encourage every soul I meet to do. I had the opportunity to hear stories from the families who lived in these camps including a mother and an elderly woman who had been in the same situation for 10+ years. Their heart wrenching stories are something I will never forget; they went from having a home, a family, warmth and food to living in a refugee camp with little to nothing. After experiencing my first deployment, I am determined to go on many more in the future inshaAllah.”

Julia Lauren Hawkins, Self-employed & full time student

“Going on a deployment is a life changing experience for many reasons. It’s educational because you realise what’s really happening in some parts of the world, and you realise how disconnected we are from the realities that our brothers and sisters in these camps go through. There was a case study that we attended where we met a woman who was around my mother’s age. She told us how she lost her husband and 3 sons within the space of a year. She’s now living alone in the camps and has been for multiple years. Hearing stories like hers motivates me to push harder in raising funds and awareness.”

Akif Akhtar, Entrepeneur

“Alhamdulillah, this deployment has changed my entire perspective on fundraising and why I do what I do. What I mean is, I have become so passionate about coming up with new ideas to fundraise for our brothers and sisters after seeing their living conditions in person, and the fact that they don't have basic necessities to get them through a day."

Zara Masood, Patient Advisor/Consultant

“I found the deployment life changing, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. It allowed me to truly appreciate my blessings and begin to understand the difficulties that others are going through in another area of the world. I hope to learn from this experience on going on another deployment in the future and sharing the stories I've heard to other people.”

Umar Majeed, Student

“Deployment is a rollercoaster of emotions. You form great friendships and bonds of brotherhood with the people you go with. Physically, emotionally and spiritually, it’s a tough yet fulfilling and enriching experience. We went during Ramadan so found it extra hard at times but Allah adds Barakah in everything we do. Seeing the faces of the people and the moments of happiness in their challenging lives was amazing to see. A great trip that everyone must experience in their life.”

Adiel Choudhry, Civil Servant

"It was the most humbling experience of my life. Not a day goes by where I do not think back to the harsh realities I saw our brothers and sisters living in, the sabr they hold, and the enthusiastic smiles they show despite all their struggles. The team leaders went above and beyond every day. I cannot thank the team enough for providing me with this opportunity. This is why I have made a commitment to immerse myself in charity work for as long as I am able to, may Allah accept all of our efforts, In’Sha’Allah. A final message; be grateful, show gratitude, humble yourselves and think of the end goal as this dunya is temporary. Let’s work towards securing our aakirah together, In’Sha’Allah."

Ammarah Desai, Student

"I met the most wonderful people who completely changed my perspective in life. Helping out in refugee camps showed a different way of life. The people there had so little, but they had the highest trust in Allah, appreciating what they have. I feel like I have a responsibility to them, to make sure they receive the basic necessities necessary to keep on living, the same things we in the West take for granted."

Iqra Shakour, Student

"A truly memorable and life-changing experience that has created a genuine softness in my heart for those struggling, to the extent that I feel I need to do more. It is a golden opportunity for anyone to step outside of the all-consuming ‘dunya’. It was an opportunity for me to meet and speak to my brothers and sisters in person, to understand their journeys, their challenges, and realise how grateful they are for what little they have. Alhamdullilah, this is a unique programme established and managed by some very special people at Human Appeal."

Jamal Ibn Daud, Author/Publisher

See our Reachers in action

Reach Team
Reach volunteer
Reach team composed of women
Reach volunteers at a camp
Reach volunteer with children
Reach volunteers
Reach team
Reach volunteers distributing dignity kits
Reach volunteers with children
Reach volunteers organising distribution

FAQs

  • What are the benefits of the Reach programme?

    Reach is a leadership programme aimed at creating humanitarian leaders who focus their energy and passion into raising funds and making a difference, while developing key skills including:

    • Leadership • Communication • Fundraising • Humanitarian field knowledge

  • What should I expect when in the field?

    A typical day in the field may include travelling in the morning by coach to a location 60 minutes away from the accommodation and visiting different camps throughout the day. It can be tough and takes a great amount of resilience.

    You’ll meet many people on the trip who are all working together to serve our brothers and sisters. Whether distributing bread in Lebanon, food parcels in Kenya, or building wells in Pakistan, every day and every deployment is different

  • What training do I get?

    Before you are deployed overseas you will be fully equipped with everything you need to undertake a safe and successful deployment. This includes training in fundraising, safety, child protection and safeguarding, as well as media and leadership training.

  • Who can take part?

    If you are over 18 and can raise the minimum fundraising target, you may join our deployments. You can still support our fundraising activities until you are 18 years old when you’ll then be eligible to go on a deployment.

  • What should I bring?

    The kit you need will depend on the location. You will be briefed fully on everything you need to pack for your deployment.

  • What are the accommodation arrangements?

    You will stay in a good standard of hotel accommodation within driving distance of the camps where we distribute aid.

  • Do I need a visa?

    You will need a visa to enter Kenya, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

  • What will my fundraising money be used for?

    The money you raise for your deployment will be used to support the projects we run in the country you are visiting.

  • Do I need to take any spending money?

    We recommend taking no more than £50 in cash for spending money.

  • Do I have to pay for my flights?

    No, you will not have to use your own money to pay for your flight.

  • What does a typical deployment look like?

    • Day 1 – fly out to location

    • Day 2 – full briefing and packing of aid parcels

    • Day 3 – in the field

    • Day 4 – in the field

    • Day 5 – in the field

    • Day 6 – return flight home

  • Are deployments safe?

    As with any travel there are risks, however we have put measures in place to minimise those risks. From training so you know how to respond to different scenarios in the field to our skilled and experienced Reach deployment leaders and field workers. Should there be any risks to your safety you would be removed from the field.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Yes, to include health insurance.

  • Can I bring children with me?

    No, our deployments are not suitable for children.

  • What clothes do I need to bring?

    The clothes you need will depend on the location and time of year that you travel. You will be provided with a full briefing on which clothing you should pack before you are deployed.

  • What support will I get when dealing with sensitive issues in the field?

    We will have ‘Reach Reflections’ every evening for people to discuss their experiences. If any serious issues arise, we will refer you to our local UK Human Appeal teams.

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