Many people around the globe want to help support families and children in need. Child sponsorship is an excellent way to help, as is making a donation to our monthly giving programs. However, even some of our most avid supporters may not truly appreciate how much work goes into helping families in crisis or providing aid to people living in the world's poorest countries. To raise awareness of the efforts of aid workers around the world, including those who face danger and adversity in the field, the United Nations General Assembly designated Aug. 19 as World Humanitarian Day. Last year's event was a great success, and millions of people paid tribute to the humanitarian workers of various aid organizations in developing nations where help is most urgently needed.
World Humanitarian Day is not only intended to raise awareness of the work of aid organizations and child development groups like ChildFund but also highlight crucial issues facing families living in countries where poverty rates are high. Last year's theme was focused around the theme of "I Was Here," a message designed to inspire people to undertake their own acts of kindness.
"The response was phenomenal," said David Ohana, campaign coordinator with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. "The one-billion social reach quickly translated into real world action. On 19 August a new pin was dropped every three seconds on the map, with stories coming in from all corners of the world of people fulfilling their WHD actions. In the first 24 hours, more than 10,000 people around the world had contributed."
With overarching themes of people reaching out to those in need, World Humanitarian Day is the perfect opportunity to help ChildFund continue our work of protecting children, empowering communities and making a difference. This year's theme is turning words into action, which makes WHD 2013 the ideal time to get involved.
Sponsoring a child is one of the most effective ways you can help children in need around the world. For just $28 per month, or $35 per month to sponsor a child in the United States, you can ensure that a vulnerable child has the food, health care and education they need for a healthy, fulfilling start to life. Our sponsors often write to their children regularly, which enables them to see how their contributions are making life better for the sponsored child and his or her family.
If you decide to become a child sponsor, let your family and friends know about it. One of the goals of World Humanitarian Day is to raise awareness of the plight of families living in poverty around the world, and social media sites are an excellent way to spread the word. You can also keep up with what ChildFund is doing by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
Alternatively, our monthly giving programs allow you to assist ChildFund in rendering aid where help is needed most urgently. Our Children's Greatest Needs fund supports children and their families around the world, providing them with lifesaving medicines like vaccinations, nutritious food, school equipment and other essentials.
Many humanitarian aid workers operate in countries ravaged by natural disasters, and funding for these initiatives is vital to ensure that as many lives as possible are saved in the aftermath of natural destruction, as well as helping communities rebuild. To help ChildFund respond to disasters around the world, particularly by giving children safe places to express their feelings and recover emotionally, please consider making a donation to our ChildAlert Emergency Fund. Your support will make the world of difference to families affected by hurricanes, floods and other disasters.