World Humanitarian Day – Stories of Inspiration

August 19, 2018 Alec Green

On 19 August 2003, terrorists attacked the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people. Five years later, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).

Every year, the humanitarian community comes together to commemorate WHD, advocating for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers and for the survival, well-being, and dignity of people affected by crises.

Recently, we asked our learners to share what inspires them to work as a humanitarian.  On this WHD, their words affirm the essential role played by humanitarians around the world and remind all of us of the sacrifices they make to serve those in need.

"It inspires me, to see that the most vulnerable again regain their faith and hope that things can get better, because of the support they receive from other people, but not only their physical needs but also spiritual; and in this process know that I am also benefited and transformed." Victor Cortez

“I am inspired to work in the humanitarian ecosystem from the stand point of love for humans, and solidarity to alleviate human sufferings…. Since there is something I could do in Nigeria to help the global humanitarian crisis, I do it with joy and excitement, that with my actions, help can reach the un-reached, I can give a voice to the voiceless and build a sustainable future for us and the generations to come.”  John Ede

 “What inspires me to work as a humanitarian is the opportunity I get to take part in restoring lives where almost every hope is lost, no matter the insecurity levels faced within the communities that I get to visit and work almost on daily basis.  I get inspired when I listen to the problems and concerns of affected persons and I’m able to say even a word that will make them feel better, a word that will bring out the positive part of them. I get more inspired when I look at my son and think that all these people deserve what I give him, when I see the tears of joy in the eyes of these very vulnerable displaced persons and refugees while providing food aid to them. BEING A HUMANITARIAN IS THE BEST JOB I CAN EVER THINK OF.”  Nkwelle Nkede Falbert

"My inspiration in humanitarian work is mostly helping affected people to challenge cultural norms and gender related barriers and live in dignity."   Jeannette N.

“From my childhood I have helped the needy people as helping others gave me inner satisfaction. The more I help others, the more I feel happiness… I joined the development sector to minimize the miseries of humanities through my dedicated efforts without any discrimination. "   Masquood R.

 “My father was a refugee before I was born and I grew up hearing so many stories from him about his experience. He would always talk about the help he received and how grateful he was so I knew early on that I wanted to be part of the humanitarian world. It has been in my heart since a child.”  Andriana S.

Join the #WHD2018 conversation on Twitter to read more stories of inspiration and pay tribute to all humanitarians who risk their lives helping others.


About the Author

As Chief Marketing Evangelist, Alec Green is responsible for developing the overall marketing plan and strategy for the Foundation, executing all outbound communications, increasing visibility of the Foundation’s programs, and building engagement with our partners and beneficiaries. Previously, Alec was Vice President of Marketing at The Search Agency, the largest independent online marketing agency in the U.S. He has also held marketing leadership roles at Zynx Health and Amgen Inc. and began his career as a seventh-grade mathematics teacher in the New York Unified School District. Alec holds an MBA in marketing from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA in psychology and sociology from Amherst College.


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