In 2021, 235 million people required humanitarian support and security. In 2022, this figure has risen to an all-time high of 274 million.
On August 19, we celebrate World Humanitarian Day to recognize the contributions of humanitarians around the globe.
Whenever a community is hit by calamity, illness, or injustice, there are people who come forward to help and take action. These brave and powerful individuals are true humanitarians.
Aid workers devote themselves selflessly to improving the lives of others, whether they are helping those in need in their own town or halfway across the globe.
We commemorate World Humanitarian Day by honoring, learning from, and lending our support to humanitarians.
Keep reading to learn more about the history behind this day and how you can commemorate it.
Why Do we Celebrate World Humanitarian Day?
After 22 people, including United Nations High Commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello, were killed in a blast at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq on August 19, this date was officially declared World Humanitarian Day by the UN General Assembly in 2009.
Every year, the UN celebrates this day with a distinct theme. The theme for this year’s event is #RealLifeHeroes.
This year will focus on sharing the experiences and services of front-line workers across the world during the pandemic.
How Can You Celebrate It?
Here are some ways you can honor humanitarians this year:
Contribute to local charities and help those in need
Providing humanitarian relief is much more than just going to a battle zone; it’s also about reducing people’s suffering.
Depending on where you live, you probably have a lot of local charities and causes you can support.
A great way to donate your time is to work with the homeless, the elderly, or kids from low-income families.
Reach out to your elected officials
Make phone calls, send emails, or post tweets to let your representatives know how you feel about humanitarian problems.
Urge them to take all the steps necessary to support humanitarian issues in the places that need them.
Contribute to a charity that helps those in need
If you can’t physically help or volunteer to a cause, a financial contribution goes a long way in bolstering the resources available to aid workers and the communities they serve.
Look up websites run by groups already engaged in humanitarian efforts. This way, you’ll be able to help humanitarians serve people who need their help and support in this hour of need.
Humanitarian groups like Orphan Life Foundation are always looking for donations. Our organization was founded by military veterans who have seen how calamities affect nations.
We have been helping orphans in the Philippines, India, and parts of Africa for years.