WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY AUGUST 19
World Humanitarian Day was established by the United Nations in 2009 to honor humanitarian aid workers throughout the world, both those currently providing humanitarian assistance and those who have lost their lives in their humanitarian work. Humanitarian aid workers provide life-saving assistance to people in need all over the world who are suffering for a few reasons, but especially those who live in conflict zones or have been affected by a natural disaster. Anyone and everyone can be a humanitarian, so read on to learn more about the day and how you can help.
As it relates to the Aged, it is seen as a way of putting smiles on the faces of the aged. Rendering aid to the aged in the area of health, paying attention to their needs, showing love and care to them, giving them a voice in the society and not neglecting them, listening and learning from their experience e.t.c. At DAGOMO, through our Elder Day Care Centers, our Project Remember (where we work with people to remember their loved ones who have died by giving back to society and creating a legacy in their name), as well as our advocacy program: Voice for the Elderly, we engage elders in series of activities that are fun, entertaining and humanitarian such as elder fun days, medical outreaches and wellness clinics. Our vision is be a bridge in society, connecting the disadvantaged, unheard and unrecognized with opportunities for a fulfilling life.
WHAT IS A HUMANITARIAN?
A humanitarian is someone who actively engages in promoting human welfare and social reforms, and who has no prejudice with human suffering on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or national divisions. A humanitarian’s goal is to save lives, relieve suffering, and maintain human dignity. This can be done in the form of rescuing and providing safety for refugees, providing shelter and food for the homeless, or helping people in the aftermath of natural disasters or civil unrest. At DAGOMO, we engage in a number of humanitarian activities centered around, “Aging with Dignity” and “Dying with Dignity”.
FACT ABOUT HUMANITARIAN DAY
Services and material resources in the framework of humanitarian assistance in emergency situations are provided to the population in distress, free of charge, in a charitable manner. Humanitarian aid is provided on a voluntary basis and should not pursue other benefits and goals other than humane motives and the desire to help the victims. At DAGOMO, our slogan is “Touching lives, restoring hope”, putting smiles on the faces of the elderly. Making every day worth living is our mission.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
- Donate to a humanitarian organization: There are humanitarian organizations all over the world, and pretty much all of them need resources. If you can donate your time to one of these organizations, that’s wonderful. If you can’t, they sure could use some money to enable their workers to provide resources to those who are suffering. At DAGOMO, we accept donations in kind and cash. We also encourage persons of all ages to give of their time freely and volunteer for any of our activities. We use these donations to make a difference not just in the lives of our elders but also improve communal living and encouraging everyone around us to love their neighbour, give back to society as we strive to build a better and more loving country, loving of each other without regard to gender, creed, tribe, religion, age or social status.
- Do some humanitarian work in your community: Being a humanitarian doesn’t have to mean traveling to a war zone, the point of humanitarian aid is to alleviate people’s suffering and maintain human dignity. We are willing to bet that there are plenty of options for you to do just that somewhere in your community. Try volunteering at a homeless shelter, a nursing home, a hospital, or a place that serves underprivileged children and the aged. At DAGOMO, we embark on outreaches in various communities and in turn, touch the lives of people. We also have programs that recognise the fact that we need systems to drive certain humanitarian work such as our Pension Project to ensure that older persons who have worked hard through their lives, have a painless process in getting their pensions on a monthly basis.
- Contact your elected leaders: Choose your preferred method of communication (a phone call, a letter, social media) to let your elected leaders know how important humanitarian crises are to you. Ask them to commit to any number of actions to help bolster humanitarian causes in your community or country as well as outside it.
- Give special preference to the aged: The most neglected set of people in our society are the aged. Putting smiles on the faces of these people and acknowledge them and their effort should be our collective effort. Being a humanitarian means aiding people in areas of their need. At Dagomo, paying attention to the aged is our daily work and agenda.
WHY WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY IS IMPORTANT
- It celebrates unsung heroes: Humanitarian aid workers are some of the most heroic and honorable people alive: they put themselves at great risk by traveling to conflict zones and disaster areas to help alleviate the suffering of strangers and are almost never acknowledged for it. World Humanitarian Day is a sobering reminder of how many lives have been lost in the name of this valiant cause, as well as a celebration of those who are out there doing the work right now.
- It highlights the need for humanitarian work: For the reasons outlined above, “humanitarian aid worker” isn’t an extremely popular profession. Simply put, there can never be enough humanitarian aid workers out there. Every year, millions of people need humanitarian assistance as a result of disasters both preventable and unpreventable. As much as we hope that some of the man-made conflicts that result in suffering can be resolved, there is always going to be a need for more humanitarian work.
- It’s an international event: A big part of World Humanitarian Day is drawing importance to the need for international cooperation on humanitarian issues. Humanitarian aid workers might be helping people in their home countries, or they might be dispatched to help those in need in other countries. Having international cooperation between countries is essential to maintaining the safety of humanitarian aid workers while enabling them to help those who are suffering.
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