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news | August 19, 2017 | | Emergency

Celebrating World Humanitarian Day

ACTED staff in Mali celebrate Humanitarian Day ( ACTED Mali 2017 )

World Humanitarian Day is held every year since 2008 on 19th August to pay tribute to humanitarian aid workers who have risked and lost their lives in humanitarian service, and to celebrate the commitment of aid workers worldwide to support people affected by disasters, conflicts violence, vulnerability and poverty.

WHD aims to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of international cooperation and mobilizes the humanitarian community.

ACTED supports vulnerable populations all over the world

More than 4,300 national staff and 300 international ACTED staff are working to save lives and improve access to populations in need. Since 1993, ACTED has been supporting the most vulnerable populations through the implementation of 490 projects every year, benefiting 11 million persons, while accompanying them in the construction of a better future. ACTED country offices shared their stories and testimonies to contribute to WHD celebrations:

At the Front Line to respond to urgent need in Philippines

"I believe in the importance of consultation with people, as I grew up in a conflict-affected community and know that they have a story they want to tell. Working as a humanitarian for ACTED has given me the chance to tell that story further and address their needs. ACTED values my ideas and capacities, helping me realise who I really am, a humanitarian." Read Polly's whole testimony (ACTED Cotabato Base Manager)

One day in the field with ACTED Iraq staff

"To continue to ensure the well-being of the children in the camp, members of the CSOs are willing to continue psychosocial activities provided by ACTED, to empower the camp community, and give them the opportunity to be involved in many activities aimed at providing a safe and protective environments for children and youth, restoring a sense of normalcy, developing their social skills and strengthening friendships. We are very optimistic!” Members of Child Protection Community-Based Organisations in Domiz 1 and Domiz 2 refugee camps

Mohammad's story from fleeing to helping displaced people in Syria

“In 2012, my home town was touched by the conflict and I therefore got to escape with my 2-year-old son and my wife. We left our home without anything. Volunteers helped us and provided us with a temporary room to live in with food and all needs to survive. From that day, I understood the importance of humanitarian work and decided to be a part of it.” Read more about Mohammad's story

Teaching for a future outside the camp in Thailand

Soe Meh is 21 years old. She was born in Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Thailand, where her parents flew more than 20 years ago, running away from the violence that was blighting their village in Myanmar. She doesn’t know how life is outside a camp: she grew up, studied, made friends, fell in love, had a daughter… all within the camp where she was born. However, she has been working with ACTED since 2015 to help the members of her community to be prepared for a life away from the camp.

Committed to support vulnerable Sri Lankan population for over 12 years

Anton is a project manager in the north of Sri Lanka and has been working as a humanitarian aid worker for 13 years:

"Before starting in this sector, I was a teacher in Jaffna, a city in the northern area of the country. I was happy with my job and never thought about doing something else. However, when the tsunami hit Sri Lanka in 2004, I decided to apply for a position with ACTED in Colombo"Read more

Testimonies of the emergency response in northern Mali

"Humanitarian work is for me the most noble profession, which allows me to earn a decent living and save lives. Nothing is more comforting than ensuring that war-torn populations can continue to live together. In the future I would like to continue to contribute to helping the most vulnerable. I am proud to belong to the ACTED’s Mali mission, because our work is always well done." Boubacar is senior logistics officer at ACTED Mali

ACTED Humanitarian response in Sanaag and Baidoa in Somalia

“ACTED provided hygiene kits to the beneficiaries which contained soaps, jerricans and Aquatabs. Aquatabs are to be used in every 20 liter of water to purify it and make it clean and safe for drinking. Hygiene promotion exercises were also conducted to the beneficiaries on the importance of maintaining good hygiene practices and diseases that result from poor sanitation. 18 hygiene promoters were trained to create awareness among the communities,” Head of ACTED office for Sanaag region said Read more

How cash-based assistance supports crisis-affected populations in Somalia

“So far, ACTED/SADO has helped 1,400 beneficiaries through the cash-for-work scheme while the unconditional cash has benefited 2,350 individuals. All the beneficiaries of these projects are internally displaced persons from Middle Juba, Lower Juba, Bay and Bakool areas. Most of the displaced people are in Dalxiiska camp and other camps in the outskirts of Kismayo" explains an ACTED staff in Kismayo

Celebrating dedicated humans behind humanitarian efforts in Libya

 “Everyday provides new learning experiences, contribution and collaboration opportunities as well as lively interactions with beneficiaries; the true meaning of our work” Read more about Wraida's (AME Officer) testimony

Fighting food insecurity in South Sudan

"My skills and knowledge in food security and livelihood encouraged me into aid work as Akobo has a long history of food insecurity. ACTED started implementing food security projects in the county, and I felt it was the right time for me to deliver my service to the community through a humanitarian organisation." Puoch, Food security and livelihood officer, South Sudan

Working for a better future in the occupied Palestinian Territory

“Our achievement is the way we help vulnerable people and give them the support that they need to go on with their life. Psychologically, humanitarian work needs someone who is fully aware and capable of dealing with incidents that you face, because it’s humanitarian, you’re dealing with human situations. You go back to your home with all these stories, which is to me very positive because at the end of the day I feel that I am standing with people, who have the right to live, and the right to housing and to work."Ahmed, Emergency Project Officer Read more

- ACTED Jordan: "Jordan has received an estimated 1.2 million Syrian refugees over the past few years. ACTED's team has been at the forefront of the response to the basic needs of those communities. To be able to do so, we are relying on a team of about 300 staff members; 275 of those are Jordanians. I think one of our luck in this context is that we have been able to rely on a lot of our staff members that have been with ACTED for a long time. They have contributed to the response to the Syrian crisis in Jordan, and as a result I think they are the most qualified to operate the transition from a humanitarian response towards longer term development programming." - Hanalia, ACTED country director in Jordan. See the whole testimony here.

“On this day, we also take a moment to honour the brave health and aid workers who are targeted or obstructed as they set out to help people in need, and pay tribute to the government employees, and representatives of international organiations and agencies who risk their daily lives to provide humanitarian aid” - UN Secretary-General, António Guterres


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