Why World Humanitarian Day needs global attention – Grace Tsotsoo Quaye

Written by Grace Tsotsoo Quaye, edited by Arakunrin Lekan

The activities of humanitarians in every country should be appreciated for the fact that these people tend to be saviours for people in need.

They travel to deprived villages and communities especially where government officials are not focused, to extend their help to members of those communities or villages. Many are helpless and have been saved by their kindness.

Today, August 19th is World Humanitarian Day and I think looking critically at what humanitarians do in their countries and in the international community, their works should be appreciated.

It is very necessary to acknowledge humanitarians because they provide life-saving assistance to people affected by conflicts, disasters and poverty. Their humanitarian aids are becoming more vital than before in reducing the impact of crises on communities, helping recoveries and improving preparedness for future emergencies.

One important thing to note about people passionate for humanitarian activities is that they have a nonprofit mindset.

Humanitarians believe that there is more blessing in giving than receiving. Many of them devote their entire lives in service of others, achieving the most selfless acts any human can do for another.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?”

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As citizens we rely solely on our governments for social amenities, but the question is those who are blessed with riches and have everything, what can they also do to help others who are struggling with their health, social amenities, and among others?

Moreover, it is time we all collaborate as citizens to motivate individuals engaging in humanitarian activities and those who are yet to be involved in helping people.

It does not matter the amount of money or items you have to support someone. Nothing is too small to assist someone in need. Like Mother Teresa who is the founder of the Missionaries of Charity would also say, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.

Supporting someone in a small way may look insignificant to the helper, but to the beneficiary, that may mean the world. So, no matter what, just help someone.

As Friday, 19th August, 2022 marks the World Humanitarian Day, in your own small way you can extend a helping hand to someone by putting a smile on that person’s face. #JustMakeSomeSmiles#19/08/22.

Globally we can embrace World Humanitarian Day and make it a memorable one by ensuring that we move out of our comfort zones and celebrate with those who need help in deprived communities and villages.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Collaboratively it’s our social responsibility to ensure that other people have their peace of mind and above all have food, shelter and security at all time, and live a healthy life no matter where they find themselves across the globe.

Written by Grace Tsotsoo Quaye, Teaching Assistant, Ghana Institute of Journalism.

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