On Wednesday 19 August we will be hosting a virtual coffee morning to honour World Humanitarians Day and Caregivers. We would love for you to join us, so grab a cuppa and zoom on over!
What is World Humanitarian Day?
WHD is a global campaign that celebrates humanitarians – a “thank you” to the people who have committed their lives to helping others.
World Humanitarian Day was established in 2008 by the United Nations General Assembly and was first officially celebrated in 2009. The date of 19th August was chosen as it marks the anniversary of the bombing of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, an event in which the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mellothe and twenty others lost their lives.
On the 19th August each year we celebrate World Humanitarian Day. The purpose of World Humanitarian Day is to raise awareness of the plight of civilians around the world who have become caught up in conflicts, and also honour and raise support for the humanitarian workers who risk, and sometimes lose, their lives to help.
Over 130 million people throughout the world are currently in crisis, either through war or natural disasters and are in need of humanitarian aid.
The focus of this years World Humanitarian Day is ‘real life heroes’. It is focussing on what drives humanitarians to keep going despite the challenges they may face in times of adversity.
Hence, the campaign presents the inspiring personal stories of humanitarians who are treating and preventing COVID-19, providing food to vulnerable people in need, providing safe spaces for women and girls in lockdown; delivering babies; fighting locusts and running refugee camps, all amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Humanitarianism isn’t just happening abroad, either.
Whether it’s food banks, mental health support or community spirit, there are humanitarians working and living right here in Derby. You can find out about some of the wonderful work people are doing over on a our dedicated Covid-19 page.