Celebrating World Humanitarian Day
Our courageous and committed staff around the world work tirelessly to achieve our vision of a world free from hunger. This World Humanitarian Day, we’re telling the stories of just a few of our 6,500-strong team, who face difficult conditions and adversity every day to improve the lives of millions of vulnerable people and ensure that no one is left behind.
Famakan, Community Health Worker, Mali
Famakan is a community health worker in Kourounan village, Mali. He is part of our innovative project with the Innocent Foundation, which aims to revolutionize the way undernourished children are diagnosed and treated, paving the way for health workers to reach all undernourished children, no matter where they live.
Famakan has become a key member of this close knit community and shares special bonds with many in the village, including the first child he treated, Khali (pictured). “Khali and I share a very special bond,” he said. “He was the first undernourished child I treated here in the village. I’m very fond of him.”
Famakan is hugely enthusiastic about the difference his work makes in this remote village. “I cannot say it enough, but taking care of these children is my biggest motivation. I am ready to do everything possible to save the lives of children in urgent need.”
Dale, Fundraising and Resource Development Manager, Philippines
Dale left a well-paying corporate job to join Action Against Hunger in the Philippines, where our incredible team support families affected by natural disaster or conflict as they rebuild their lives. “I had always felt there must be a greater purpose for me other than the accumulation of wealth,” he said. “After years in the corporate sector, I found what I was looking for when I started working for a humanitarian organization.
“Instead of obtaining a positive bottom line, the goal is to help the people who need the most help. Instead of garnering the highest sales, the goal is to treat malnourished children. Instead of acquiring assets, the goal is securing livelihoods. I want to say to my two daughters that one day that, even for just a little bit, I made a difference in this world.”
Charlotte, Emergency Pool Coordinator
Charlotte Schneider is the coordinator of our emergency response pool. Her team intervenes during crises to deliver vital and urgent aid to vulnerable populations. She has worked in countries such as Afghanistan, Haïti and Syria.
“Even if it is a tough job, and while we witness the dark side of human beings, we live for the moments of intense pride [we experience in our work].”
Charlotte is inspired by the challenges her team often face and overcome.
“Being able to set up a camp within a few days in temperatures that reach 40°C, and delivering essential supplies and services to mothers and children who have walked for more than three weeks to receive help [constantly motivates and inspires us].”
Charlotte treasures the friendships forged in these difficult moments. “In my opinion, it is the rich variety of these bonds, as well as the vital support provided, which gives all the meaning to our presence,” she said.
Lava, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter, Iraqi Kurdistan
Lava’s story is remarkable. A former refugee from Syrian Kurdistan, now she works to serve the humanitarian needs of other displaced people in Iraqi Kurdistan.
“I myself am a refugee, and I promised myself I would do my best to assist those in need,” she said. “Since I started this job, I’ve heard so many horrific stories from women and children. I cannot look at this situation and do nothing.”
“I do not care where the people are from. I saw this child who was badly burned—that could have been my daughter. How could I not help someone just because they have a different background or religion than me?”
The country’s recent succession of crises has been extremely difficult, but Lava has seen people’s true generosity in the face of difficulty. “When people unite, they can overcome everything.”
Manon, Communications and Advocacy Officer, Central African Republic
“It’s difficult to live and work in a country with so many challenges, but it’s also inspiring,” said Manon, who helps our humanitarian teams negotiate access to the most vulnerable communities in Central African Republic and also helps raise awareness about vulnerable families’ needs. “No two days are the same.”
Despite the many challenges facing aid workers in Central African Republic, Manon remains optimistic and driven to help find solutions.
“I chose to come to Central African Republic because I am fascinated by this context,” she said. “It’s a really complicated crisis and conflict.”
Please read Action Against Hunger’s World Humanitarian Day press release urging world leaders to do more to protect aid workers and live up to their commitments to leave no one behind.
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