About HART

“Serving forgotten people in forgotten lands”

Aid & Advocacy

HART works to provides targeted aid-work and international advocacy for those who are, or who have been, suffering oppression and persecution. Our focus is, on those who are trapped behind closed borders, not served by other major aid organizations, and largely neglected by the international media. 

Founded in 2003 by Baroness Caroline Cox, a human rights activist, HART unites international advocacy in such arenas as the House of Lords and the media with targeted aid-work focusing on community development, local partnership and regional networks of support. 

Authenticity & Accountability

HART bases its advocacy and aid work on authentic first-hand evidence of human rights violations. This authenticity is also reflected in the relationships formed with our local partners, to whom we are accountable. All the projects funded by HART are seen as belonging to those benefiting and are committed to enabling local people to make a difference for their own communities.

HART makes every endeavor to be a ‘voice for the voiceless’ for those who tend to be unreached, unhelped and unheard.

HART relies on first-hand evidence of human rights violations, using this as a basis for a powerful twin-track program of international advocacy in such arenas as the House of Lords and the media, and targeted aid-work focusing on sustainable community development, local partnership and regional networks of support.

Our Advocacy Work

We believe both advocacy and aid are vital to achieve long-term change for people suffering oppression. These people are often marginalized, may be trapped behind closed borders and tend to be unreached, unhelped and unheard. 

Advocacy has a fundamental role to play in bringing the evidence of oppression and human rights violations to the light of the international community, so that concerted action and targeted pressure can be facilitated in order to meet humanitarian needs.

To this end, HART regularly visits our partners overseas, campaigns on their behalf,  and works closely with other members of the Houses of Parliament, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the Department for International Development (DFID), and with other governmental and non-governmental organizations in the UK and worldwide.

Our Aid Work

HART works closely in co-operation with our local partners who possess the requisite vision, knowledge, skills and commitment, to strive to find appropriate aid solutions that aim to relieve suffering, be sensitive to local, cultural values, and replicable and sustainable in the long term.

Our local partners benefit from the dignity of choice of priorities, the authority of leadership in their own communities and the day-to-day management of projects, which are strengthened with HART resources, professional advice, training and support. HART is committed to channeling the maximum amount of funds possible to our partners abroad and streamlines its running costs by keeping no expatriate staff ‘on the ground’. 
HART works, with local partners, in Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Burma, India, Nigeria, Sudan, Timor Leste, Uganda and Egypt in the spheres of education, environment, health, human rights and more.

HART believe that in order to truly meet the needs and requirements of the persecuted, oppressed and overlooked; the direction and management of aid must primarily involve the local people it wishes to help. The projects funded by HART are always seen as belonging to those benefiting.

What makes HART special?

A combined approach to aid and advocacy.

HART believes that a twin-track program of combined international aid and advocacy work is the most effective way of achieving sustainable community development and local ownership and empowerment. In addition to proving a primary consideration for all Aid given by HART, the notion of ‘Authenticity’ is also relevant to all other principles of HART’s work. ‘Authenticity’ interpreted as truth, is thus, essential for both ‘Advocacy’ and ‘Accountability’ as understood by HART. First hand evidence of the reality and truth of the oppression and persecution suffered and the humanitarian requirements needed, enables accurate knowledge, vital for the fulfillment of ‘Advocacy’ and ‘Accountability’.