There are many ways you can support missing children, even if you're based in another country.
From encouraging website owners to use the NotFound app to find missing children, to fundraising for our projects through organising a bake sale, there are many ways you can support us creatively.
Here's a list of 5 other ways you can get involved in the cause of preventing and protecting missing children:
Each year we offer a few Christmas cards that have been designed pro bono by European artists and photographers to organisations and individuals in return for a donation. This simple appeal to organisations helps us get vital funds to continue our work. Would you or your organisation like to send out Christmas cards and support a worthy cause? Let us know!
Fundraising events and ongoing needs
If you're based in Belgium, we also organise an annual running for Missing Children Europe event with the Brussels marathon (Oct), a golfing event in Belgium and a bridge event (Nov) in Brussels. Help us raise awareness and funds by participating in our events and telling your friends about them. Write to us for more info.
We also have an ongoing need for website developers, photographers, videographers, translators, interpretors, copy editors and IT support. If you have these talents and some time, drop us a line.
Notfound is an ingenius app that replaces useless 404 website error pages with posters of missing children. The app is tailored to the website’s geo-location so that you only see posters of local missing children in an effort to improve the chances of finding them. It is free and simple to download – all you need to do is go to the webpage notfound.org and enter your website’s details. The rest is done automatically.
How you can help
We launched NotFound in 2012 and it continues to publicise thousands of missing person cases today. We have close to 6000 companies/websites who have signed up. But we want to get the message out to more companies and organisations. You can help by asking the companies local to you, or your friends and family, to download and use the app on their website. Your website error page could help find a child.
Fundraise for us
We are always looking for people to support our projects financially. There are a number of great ways you can get involved that are simple and fun. You could hold a cake sale and donate the proceeds to Missing Children Europe, ask friends to sponsor you for an event you're participating in or do something out of the ordinary. To get people to join in with you, you can ask your network to support you– social media is great for this. And to help manage donations, you can set up a profile on a platform such as givengain where we have a page for our cause. Writing a personal story about why you want to help Missing Children Europe and posting our videos so everyone can understand and get behind you. If you need any help with your event or materials to help you fundraise, get in touch and we would be happy to help.
On the ground support
Missing Children Europe supports 30 national grassroots organisations in 26 countries in Europe. Our member organisations work on a range of projects to protect children and often need volunteers to organise events, answer the missing children hotline, be part of search parties etc.
Find a list of all our local member organisations here and contact your local organisation to offer your services and support locally.