ADDHU – Association for the Defense of Human Rights - founded in 2006 by Laura Vasconcellos, is an International NGDO, registered and accredited by the Camões Portuguese Institute for Cooperation and Language, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as an NGO for Development and a Public Utility Institution.With no political or religious orientations. ADDHU’s mission is to implement and develop projects and programs of Education for Global Citizenship, Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance both at national and international levels, namely in Kenya in Nepal, where ADDHU supports orphan and vulnerable children, as well as teenage mothers and needy rural communities who live in extreme poverty conditions, by improving their lives and promoting their sustainable development.
Our main fields of action are human rights defense and advocacy, humanitarian relief and cooperation for development.
We believe development and humanitarian assistance are the first steps, of vital importance, in the defense of human rights and human dignity. We plan all of our interventions not in a purely "assistencialist" perspective, but in a perspective of empowerment of the local populations and communities, creating the conditions for an effective and sustainable development of these populations. In order to achieve our goals, we have adopted a partnership approach with the communities we support, which allows us to have an intimate understanding of their real needs.
Our mission is to provide assistance to children and families in need while promoting the sustainable development of the communities we assist and developing a global civic consciousness and awareness within the portuguese population, namely the youth.
Our objective is to conceive, implement and support projects of information, education and development made to promote the liberties and the protection of the citizen’s rights, in the full respect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Ongoing projects are entirely borne by the ordinary citizen who believes that it is possible to make a difference in the lives of those who have little or nothing. To this day, ADDHU never received funding from Governments or Agencies and International Institutions.