On August 19, 2003, a terrorist attack killed 22 people at the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq, was one of the people who lost their life.
According to the United Nations, “World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on August 19 to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world” (United Nations). In other words, WHD is when we honour those who have volunteered their time, sometimes in dangerous places, to help others all over the world. Additionally, it’s an opportunity to support organizations that help others around the world.
This year, on WHD 2019, the UN is honouring and celebrating #WomenHumanitarians from around the world who risk their lives to help those in crisis.
Here at Ten Thousand Villages, on WHD, we want to thank our volunteers. Our volunteers give their time in our head office, distribution centre and in our stores across Canada. With their help, we are creating life-changing opportunities for individuals, families and communities around the world. Without them, our work wouldn’t be possible.
World Humanitarian Day is a chance to support those people and organizations that are working towards improving the lives all over the world. If you’re looking for a way to make the world a better place but are unsure where to start, you can visit our website to find out more information about volunteering at one of our stores.