- : marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare; "a humane physician"; "released the prisoner for humanitarian reasons"; "respect and humanistic regard for all members of our species" [syn: human-centered, humanist, humanistic]
- : of or relating to or characteristic of humanitarianism; "humanitarian aid"
- : someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms [syn: do-gooder, improver]
- n. One promoting human welfare esp. through philanthropy.
– Webster’s II New Riverside Pocket Dictionary
- n. one who devotes himself to welfare of mankind at large; philanthropist.
– The Little Oxford Dictionary
Man-made and natural disasters cause immense suffering for millions of people every year, very often among the world’s poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable individuals. There are currently more than 27 million internally displaced peopl and 10 million refugees in the world. One out of every six people in the world are chronically hungry. Humanitarian aid workers strive to ensure that all those who have experienced a traumatic event and need life-saving assistance receive it, regardless of where they are in the world, and regardless of their religious or social group or nationality.
– excerpt from un.org World Humanitarian Day, key messages (pdf file)
- United Nations
:: World Humanitarian Day: 19 August
:: 2010 World Humanitarian Day project: collaborative film (ochaonline.un.org/whd/films.html)
:: Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation: The World Humanitarian Day
- United Nations World Food Program (WFP)
:: A billion for a billion
:: FAO of the UN: Get involved
Because this blog is centered around food, I automatically think of hunger, particularly needless hunger.
So. What do you say? Won’t you help fill the bowls?
The World Food Programme (WFP) will not be able to help all of the 8 million people in Niger going hungry this year unless it receives more money from donors, a spokesman for the U.N. agency said.
– George Fominyen, 17 Aug 2010 11:06:00 GMT, alertnet.org,
Yet despite the television images broadcast across the world showing large swathes of land submerged, villages and towns decimated and hundreds of thousands of people living in makeshift camps with no food and water, the world has been slow to react to calls for aid. […] Aid workers say the lack of funds has meant that only a tiny fraction of the 8 million people in need of urgent assistance have received food rations, clean drinking water and shelter.
– Nita Bhalla, 18 Aug 2010 13:28:00 GMT, alertnet.org,
Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the northern Yemeni governorate of Amran, including 1,800 in the governorate’s only IDP camp, Khaiwan, […] are living in tents, renting flats or living with host families. All are dependent on food aid, said Khaiwan camp supervisor Nabil Khamis.
– IRIN, 17 Aug 2010 12:20:43 GMT, alertnet.org,
You don’t necessarily have to travel far afield. Here are just a few of the many humanitarians who are working towards feeding the hungry. Look in your community for others:
- Daily Bread Foodbank
- Ontario Association of Food Banks
- Food Banks Canada
- Action Against Hunger
- Freedom from Hunger
- The Global FoodBanking Network
- The Hunger Project
- Relief Web: Global Food Crisis
And don’t forget about these sites online. Larger amounts of giving are good, but even the smallest amounts will help.
(If you have something to add or say about World Humanitarian Day and/or stopping world hunger, rather than commenting here, please post your thoughts and ideas on your blog, facebook, at work, etc. etc.)