Taking a Wider View on World Humanitarian Day

Taking a Wider View on World Humanitarian Day

As internet marketers, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own little worlds. Running a website is incredibly demanding, so it’s not hard to get bogged down in the details of putting together new content, analyzing analytics data and building backlinks to your site. But on occasion, we all need to remember to tear our eyes away from our screens and remember that there’s a whole wide world out there that we’re a part of.

For example, did you know that today is World Humanitarian Day? There are tons of people out there doing amazing things, and today, I want to take a few minutes to feature some of them here.

12 Incredible Internet Activists – Mashable has a post running today on people who are changing the world through social media and other internet tools. From celebrities working with well-known organizations (like Matt Damon’s partnership with water.org) to an opportunity to pitch your ideas on changing the world directly to the UN’s Secretary General, these profiles are definitely worth a read!

World Humanitarian Day: Celebrating International And Local Groups Working Together – This moving description of life in the poorest regions of Kenya highlights the ongoing relief work of an organization called Concern and shares the story of Anne, a resident who struggles with the lack of employment opportunities in the region and still puts the needs of the disadvantaged members of her community ahead of her own.

Consider the following quote from the article:

“Between rent, water bills, school fees, and food, the average household barely makes it through a day. Economic activity in these slums consists largely of informal activities, such as selling French fries to the drivers stuck in Nairobi’s notorious traffic. A good wage is $3 a day.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty embarrassed to admit that I get stressed out about money all the time – even though I bring in a full-time income from my day job and regularly earn $50-$100 for writing a single article. I’m grateful for the reminder this article gives me about how very, very fortunate I am in the grand scheme of things.

Take Action on World Humanitarian Day – If you’re feeling inspired by the spirit of World Humanitarian Day, might I suggest that you take a look at this handy website, where you can learn about issues facing people around the world (including the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa where a combination of conflict, drought and high food prices is affecting over 12 million people), as well as find out how you can help?

As for me, I’m taking this opportunity to do something I’ve been meaning to do for awhile now – sign up as a sponsor for the Women for Women International organization. If you aren’t familiar with this organization, W4W “Provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.”

As a sponsor, I’ll be paired with one woman and my $30/month will help her go through the organization’s year long program and learn the skills she needs to improve her life, as well the lives of her family members and her community. I love that it’s a very direct way to connect with people around the world and promote meaningful change in regions that truly need the help, one person at a time.

If you’re interested in joining me, I encourage you to learn more about the Women for Women International program and consider becoming a sponsor yourself. $30/day is such a small, small amount to commit to when you consider how much most of us are blessed to have.

Or, if you plan on doing something else for World Humanitarian Day, you know I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below!

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