Every year, people around the world celebrate the World Humanitarian Day (WHD) every August 19 to honor those people who selflessly serve and risk their lives for the sake of humanitarian services and also to provide support for people who are in dire need of help around the world.
Over the years, different leaders from different countries around the world use their authority and power to ensure the protection of millions of people especially civilians who are caught in different conflicts along with people who are struck with natural and man-made calamities, fighting hunger, increase literacy and sponsoring less-fortunate children to have a better life.
Around 135 million people around the world are in need of humanitarian aid, the number is more than the populations of the United Kingdom and France combined while over 68 million people around the world are forced from their homes because of war and violence as well as persecution while in Africa there are more than 20 million people are in need of aid, but does not receive any because of isolation, lack of support, and other hindrances for humanitarian volunteers to reach them.
If you want to know the why humanitarian workers and volunteers are needed more than ever, check out the five main reasons that are listed below courtesy of https://cs.worldvision.org.hk/en/.
- Assistance in times of emergency- People who are most vulnerable lack the access to basic needs such as water, food, shelter and healthcare, humanitarian organizations both private and government-funded provides aid and relief to these people in distress. The help is given based on the need with the ultimate goal to save human lives as many as possible while soothing the human suffering by maintaining human dignity.
- Helps in rebuilding destroyed communities- Emergency aid that is provided by humanitarian organizations provides relief and comfort to victims that are unable to rebuild their lives on their own. They are in need of food, medical aid as well as a shelter which in the long run means to assist them physically and financially to rebuild their homes and communities that are destroyed either by conflict, man-made and natural calamities either through rebuilding or resettlement, and reintegration of former adversaries.
- Provides free education- For people who are impoverished and living below the poverty line, humanitarian workers and volunteers reach to them to provide them food, shelter, water, and education which encourages children to enroll to school and attend regularly where they also receive regular feeding program to provide them with all the essential nutrients that will help improve the children’s ability to learn and think while studying at school.
- Provides sustainability and development programs- Humanitarian volunteers and workers provide a world where nobody is left behind and everyone can live their lives with dignity and equal opportunity to excel. If you want to help and donate for humanitarian aid, click on this link https://cs.worldvision.org.hk/en/sponsor_Journey.