The Future Is Not Written In Stone
The future is not written in stone, and it is undoubtedly not preordained. It ultimately depends on the choices that we make today. As the world celebrates World Humanitarian Day and honors the work of humanitarian heroes, it is a special occasion to reflect on how young people can bring positive change.
Last year, Humanitarian Futures launched the #ClearTheFog campaign to encourage young people to consider careers in the humanitarian and development sectors. We received an overwhelming response.
From September to December 2022, Humanitarian Futures, in collaboration with the World Humanitarian Summit and the United Nations Liaison Office in Geneva, hosted a series of roundtable events to develop a series of videos on #ClearTheFog.
Some do it by picking up a rifle, a baseball bat, or a camera. The more we learn how to use our voices and actions to do good, the more we know how to improve our world.
World Humanitarian Day falls on August 19. The first place to begin is by choosing to help children like those I met this summer. The number of people displaced by conflict is at an all-time high – more than 65 million people, including nearly 22 million children. More than 4 million children urgently need protection, education, and support in Syria alone and are living in temporary shelters.
The international community is struggling to respond to this humanitarian crisis. This is a time for us to look beyond the catastrophe and show that we care, thus inspiring others to join in the cause and make their voices heard.
Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster, causing $108 billion in damages.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, at least 1,833 people lost their lives, and another estimated 1 million people were displaced.
The hurricane affected people of all ages, genders, and racial backgrounds, but low-income communities and racial minorities were disproportionately affected, especially African Americans. This is the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The Image Of A World At School
A World At School is a global movement created by the online petition platform Change.org to increase public awareness of a significant problem in our global society: 35% of children of primary school age do not have access to school.
It is a simple yet powerful movement that aims to generate awareness of the importance of education.
Wealth alone does not make a man happy. Alone it does not make a man noble, revered, or loved. It does not teach him how to work toward a goal, and then we consecrate our work and ourselves to that goal, working for it, not for a day but all days, living for it so that we may die for it if need be.
When we come together to make a difference, the world will be better. Don't you agree?