Special Post: People helping people – August 19th – World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people.

United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day website

Visit the United Nations website to find out more information. It’s an inspiring day which, like many other days of observation, acts as a catalyst for change and the coming together of people, globally, not only on the day being observed, but every day of the year.

How will you get involved?

“I was here…”

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Bright Idea: Donating to the famine relief in Somalia

On Wednesday, July 20th, 2011, the United Nations officially declared a famine in two regions in southern Somalia, southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle, making it the worst drought since 1991 – 1992. According to the UN, “Famine is declared when acute malnutrition rates among children exceed 30 per cent, more than two people per every 10,000 die per day, and people are not able to access food and other basic necessities, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).” Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, goes on to say that “malnutrition rates in Somalia are currently the highest in the world, with peaks of 50 per cent in certain areas of the country’s south.”

(Source: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39086&Cr=Somali&Cr1=)

It is reported that approximately $300 million dollars is required in order to reverse the current situation.

Some of the organizations you can look to do find out about the situation, about aiding or to offer donations:

UN (United Nations) http://www.un.org

Human Concern International http://www.humanconcern.org/

World Health Organization http://www.who.int/en/

Oxfam International http://www.oxfam.org/

Save the Children http://www.savethechildren.org

The Humanitarian Coalition http://humanitariancoalition.ca/

These are only a few resources out of many to look into. You can always check news sources as well, for direction. A reminder to do your research and due diligence when finding a legitimate organization to donate to.


Alicia Keys: Keep a Child Alive

While Alicia Keys is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of her first album release, “Songs in A Minor” (I still remember the first time I saw her music video for “Fallin’”!), and has been seen around NYC with her husband Swizz Beatz and their baby Egypt, she maintains focus on one of her figurative babies – Keep a Child Alive. (http://www.keepachildalive.org)

Alicia Keys is Co-founder and Global Ambassador to the organization, whose mission is “providing life-saving AIDS treatment, care, nutrition, support services and love to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India by directly engaging the global public in the fight against AIDS.”

Alicia Keys spoke at the United Nations in New York City on June 7th, 2011. The conference on AIDS was called “HIV Priorities for Positive Change: In Women’s Words”.

June 5th , 2011 marked 30 years since the discovery of HIV/AIDS.