Humanitarian

Celebrated on August 19th, the World Humanitarian Day was a date to be remembered in 2016. Following the launch of a strong digital campaign called “Would you rather” whereby internet users had to figure themselves in the skin of refugees, the UN has also organized a concert to raise awareness of humanitarian assistance worldwide.

Jan Eliasson participates of wreath-laying ceremony to mark anniversary of UN Headquarters bombing in Baghdad
Jan Eliasson participates of wreath-laying ceremony to mark anniversary of UN Headquarters bombing in Baghdad

During the event, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, called for increased global leadership to address humanitarian crises. “Today, the scale of human suffering is greater than any time since the United Nations was founded. A record 130 million people are now dependent on the United Nations and our many partners for protection and survival because of conflict, disaster or acute vulnerability. On World Humanitarian Day, let us all recommit to humanity and ask what we can each do to make a difference,” he said.

The World Humanitarian Day reminisces the August 19th 2003 bombing of the United Nations in Baghdad. Since 2008, the date celebrates the volunteers and professionals all around the world who risk their lives to build a better tomorrow. The UN efforts answer an increased demand for humanitarian actions – in 2016 only, 130 million women, men and children in 40 countries are in need of urgent assistance and protection: the highest number since the end of World War II.

“In crises around the world, from Syria to South Sudan, people are forced to make impossible choices – risking violence for food or risking drowning in search of a safe haven – choices that most of us can barely imagine,” warned UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien. “We call on all global citizens to show solidarity, use their voice and demand that world leaders take action.”

In the New York United Nations headquarters, a commemorative event was organized with the attendance of the renowned Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Game of Thrones” actress Natalie Dormer, “Arab Idol” winner Mohammed Assaf, Tony Award winner and former “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., “Quantico” actress Yasmine Al Massri and Season 10 “The Voice” winner Alisan Porter.

Lebanese actress Yasmine Al Massri introduces Hala Kamil, subject of the the documentary 'Children of Syria,' at the One Humanity event
Lebanese actress Yasmine Al Massri introduces Hala Kamil, subject of the the documentary ‘Children of Syria,’ at the One Humanity event

Syrian refugee Hala Kamil, who fled Aleppo with her four children to find safety in Germany, also shared her story, which became the subject of the film “Watani, My Homeland”, and called on world leaders to uphold their responsibilities to help the people who are forced to flee their homes. The call to action follows the World Humanitarian Summit, which took place in May in Istanbul, where the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon summoned global leaders to support Agenda for Humanity. The five-point plan highlights the changes we, as a society, need to promote to alleviate suffering, reduce risk and lessen vulnerability on a global scale. Governments, humanitarian organizations and the private sector heve committed to take actions to achieve the Agenda, although a funding shortage threatens humanitarian operations – the United Nations and its partners have received less than a third of the US$21.6 billion required to meet the most urgent needs in 2016.

In a night to remember, the UN, along with artists, personalities and refugees made the call – is the world ready to listen? Find more at www.worldhumanitarianday.org

L’esprit de communauté, partage et fraternité sont la marque de ACDI-TOGO, une association sans but lucratif qui offre des activités de formation et d’animation pour les enfants et femmes au Togo, en plus de développer des projets de santé et d’environnement. L’Association ACDI nous présente aujourd’hui ses actions et ses projets.

L´équipe et les bénévoles ACDI Togo
L´équipe et les bénévoles ACDI Togo

1. Pouvez-vous nous présenter brièvement ACDI?

ACDI-TOGO est une association à but non lucratif qui vante l’amitié et la solidarité basée au Togo. L’association ACDI-TOGO organise des actions telles que :

  • SOS Orphelinat (mission ou stage dans un centre orphelinat pour enfants)

  • Construction et rénovation d’infrastructures socio-éducatives et sanitaires publiques

  • Cours, soutien scolaire et animation socio-éducative & culturelle avec les enfants

  • Alphabétisation des femmes en milieu rural

  • Sensibilisation contre IST / VIH-SIDA et contre le paludisme

  • Reboisement et sensibilisation environnementale

  • Tourisme solidaire ou éco-tourisme

Nos missions (chantiers) et stage humanitaires sont ouverts à toute personne majeure désireuse de travailler avec les enfants, sans distinction de sexe, de religion ou de nationalité. Seul compte l’esprit de fraternité et de bénévolat. Aucune compétence particulière n’est exigée, sauf pour des missions spécifiques.

2. Y a-t-il eu une réalisation qui a eu une importance toute particulière pour votre association ces dernières années?

Cette année 2016 l’association a réalisé un projet de soutien scolaire pour les enfants dans un village nommé Dafo et lors de cette réalisation nous avons eu les volontaires qui eux on fait des dons de fournitures scolaires a tous les enfants de la classe.

ACDI Togo organise des cours, soutien scolaire et animation socio-éducative
ACDI Togo organise des cours, soutien scolaire et animation socio-éducative

3. Avez-vous un projet que vous espérez mettre en place prochainement et dont vous souhaiteriez nous parler?

Etant une association humanitaire, l’association ACDI-TOGO a des projets de développement comme:

  • Projet de construction d’un centre d’orphelinat

  • Projet de construction d’un bâtiment scolaire

  • Projet de construction de latrines ou WC publics

  • Projet d’un puits potable

  • Projet d’une bibliothèque

  • Projet d’un centre de santé

4. Pouvez-vous nous expliquer comment fonctionnent les stages et séjours de volontariat au sein de votre organisation. Quels sont les anecdotes qui ont marqué votre ACDI durant ces stages/séjours?

L’association reçoit des stagiaires en médecine, droits de l’homme, journalisme, médecine vétérinaire, économie, cours de langues, soins animaliers, architecture/aménagement, génie civil/ingénierie et Infirmerie. Les stages ont une durée de 1, 2 ou 3 mois et pas de gratification. L’association reçoit de 6 à 8 stagiaires tous les mois de l’année. Chaque stagiaire paye une frais selon la durée de son stage et ces frais se chiffrent à 300 euros par mois. Sur ces frais, l’association prélève les coûts de prise en charge des hébergements. Pour candidater il faut envoyer le Cv + lettre de motivation sur asso.acditogo@gmail.com.

L'Association organise les projets de santé
L’Association organise les projets de santé

5.  Que pensez-vous d’Horyou et de sa communauté dont vous êtes un membre actif?

Pour l’association ACDI-TOGO le site Horyou et sa communauté est un site qui permet à nous les associations d’échanger et de faire connaitre nos actions et domaines d’intervention. Sur cette plate-forme, nous avons eu l’occasion de trouver deux volontaires qui ont participé à nos missions (soutien scolaire + animation avec les enfants).

6. Notre philosophie s’articule autour de valeurs universelles que nous retrouvons dans le slogan « Dream, Inspire, Act ». Qu’est ce que ces 3 mots évoquent pour vous et votre organisation?

Le slogan « Dream, Inspire,Act » est une philosophie qui donne des envies, rêves, et actions faites dans le monde ; avant tout il faut avoir un rêve qui va vous inspirer dans une actions humaines donc pour ACDI-TOGO le slogan a la philosophie d’un monde meilleur.

7. Si vous pouviez partager un message avec l’ensemble des membres de la communauté Horyou, quel serait-il?

Nous cherchons des volontaires, bénévoles, partenaires et autres! Chers membres Horyou, restons solidaires pour un monde meilleur!

Écrit par Hannah Nunes et Vívian Soares

The motto of the World Humanitarian Summit, which took place on May 23rd and 24th was #Share Humanity. More than 9,000 participants from 173 States, including 55 Heads of State and Government were gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to debate about the Humanitarian challenge in times of natural disasters, conflicts and refugee crisis.

World Humanitarian Summit opening ceremony
World Humanitarian Summit opening ceremony

“Standing up for humanity: committing to action” was the call for all stakeholders present at the World Humanitatian Summit, promoting the idea that non-profit organizations, civil society, public and private sectors should be united for the defense of human rights. “The Summit has brought to the forefront of global attention the scale of the changes required if we are to address the magnitude of the challenges before us”, stated the Chair’s Summary of the event. The document highlighted the desperate situation of more than 130 million people – affected by conflicts, poverty and climate change, and are amongst the most vulnerable populations in the world.

Global leaders are aware of the importance of the political will to prevent and end conflicts. Nevertheless, their actions can only be effective with the support of all social stakeholders and the use of diverse tools – preventive diplomacy, sustainable development, commitment to climate change policies and building of more inclusive and respectful societies. The leaders present at the Summit pledged to increase their investments and teams dedicated to conflict prevention and also to engage and empower youth, communities and women over the process.

Global leaders gathered during the World Humanitarian Summit
Global leaders gathered during the World Humanitarian Summit

Legal Framework

In order to safeguard humanity and to enhance the protection of civilians in armed conflict regions, heads of State and humanitarian leaders stressed the importance of creating and developing a legal framework. During the summit, global leaders announced commitments to enhance compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law by ratifying international treaties, adopting local legislation, improving monitoring and reporting of violations. Participants also pledged to promote protection of universities, schools and journalists in armed conflict regions by setting guidelines and plans of action. Since many hospital and medical facilities have been attacked in many of these regions, leaders also discussed how to raise awareness and build trust for health care teams.

Leave no one behind

The international community has demonstrated a commitment to promote sustainable development for all, including the 60 million people displaced and victims of crisis who deserve global attention, life, dignity and opportunities to thrive! The leadership of the many countries that welcomed refugees was praised and global leaders agreed on sharing responsibilities to address the current crisis. Governments and private organizations will enhance education and living conditions of displaced people, as well as tailor-made financial services.

The humanitarian action should also be backed by women inclusion and empowerment and promotion of gender equality worldwide – the lack of female leaders and decision makers is a global challenge that helps to increase inequality. New financial support programs were announced during the Summit, as well as commitments on sexual and reproductive health care.

Launching of Education Cannot Wait
Launching of Education Cannot Wait

Education can’t wait

A Fund for education in emergencies, Education Can’t Wait, was launched at the Summit, in order to support quality education to all children in crisis situations by 2030. “Education Cannot Wait galvanized an initial commitment of $90 million from donors and the private sector, with greater commitments expected in the lead up to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. The Global Business Coalition for Education announced its intentions to mobilize $100 million for this Fund in financial and in-kind contributions”, says the Chair Summary.

Change people’s lives

By engaging all social stakeholders, the Summit is sending a message that humanitarian emergencies can’t be viewed as isolated from sustainable development efforts. With the conjoint work of all actors, including the direct affected populations, better solutions and outcomes will be reached. “People affected by crises need to not only be informed and consulted, but put at the centre of the decision-making processes”, states the Summary.

Overview of World Humanitarian Summit
Overview of World Humanitarian Summit

Alliances

• The Summit launched the Regional Organisations Humanitarian Action Network, in order to strengthen collaboration amongst regional organisations.

• A Global Preparedness Partnership was launched by Finance Ministers of the most 20 vulnerable countries, with the support of the UN and World Bank, setting a goal to reach a minimum level of readiness to future shocks by 2020.

• The Global Alliance for Urban Crisis was launched to develop precarious urban settings, in partnership with local municipal communities and governments, while the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation intends to improve humanitarian action through innovative processes, approached and tools.

• The private sector must be also involved! The Connecting Business Initiative brings together 11 national private sector networks. Some industries like satellite and mobile launched plans to increase connectivity for affected populations.

Invest in Humanity

It’s a capitalist world – and the role of financing is key for sustainable development. Over 130 million worldwide need to have access not only to humanitarian assistance but to rebuild their lives. There was broad support from Member States to increase the Central Emergency Response Fund to $1 billion. This included a 25% increase by one country, a pledge to provide $149 million over 5 years, as well as an initiative to use risk financing to establish an innovative financing mechanism linked to risk insurance”, states the Summary.

In an effort to generate more data and solutions to promote economic resilience in fragile states, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank also announced the Global Financing Response Platform.

Closing ceremony with Ban Ki Moon
Closing ceremony with Ban Ki Moon

Way forward

The World Humanitarian Summit is a start, a call to action. By uniting voices and creating momentum, it starts a global conversation that should never stop – countries must honor their agreements and keep collaborating to share better times to come. The individual and joint commitments will be published in a Commitment to Action platform, which will be publicly accessible. Based on this document, next steps and recommendations will follow up. Horyou blog will follow all its steps, not only as a witness, but as an actor. By promoting communities empowerment, economic inclusion and network opportunity, we also #ShareHumanity.

Written by Vívian Soares

Reconstruction d'urgence à Gaza par l'association Medina
Reconstruction d’urgence à Gaza par l’association Medina

Chaque jour, nous découvrons les magnifiques actions de nos Membres, Personnalités et Organisations sur la plateforme Horyou. Ils sont toujours prêts à Agir ! Cette semaine, nous mettons en lumière le travail et les actions de remarquables organisations en France, au Brésil et en Belgique.

Organisation: Association Medina Lieu: France

Projection du film «A Gaza les enfants rêvent aussi »

L’association Medina intervient depuis déjà presque 20 ans auprès des victimes civiles de conflits grâce à des projets dits d’urgence, de post-urgence ou encore de développement. Elle réalise un travail remarquable notamment dans des zônes de conflits comme Alep en Syrie ou dans la bande de Gaza en Palestine. Sur l’initiative de l’Association les Amis de Louis Lecoin, l’association organise le 25 février prochain à Saint Amand Montrand la projection du film « A Gaza les enfants rêvent aussi ». Ce film a été réalisé lors de la dernière mission de l’association dans la bande de Gaza. Une belle occasion de découvrir un peu plus leur travail sur le terrain. Découvrez cette action ici.

Par Laurie Martin

Grupo para estimulação da linguagem para terceira idade
Grupo para estimulação da linguagem para terceira idade

Organização: Associação Terapêutica de Estimulação Auditiva e Linguagem(ATEAL) Localização: Brasil

Grupo de Estimulação de Linguagem para Idosos

Associação Terapêutica de Estimulação Auditiva e Linguagem(ATEAL), é uma associação civil, assistencial e de pesquisa, sem fins econômicos, que conta com a atuação de uma diretoria voluntária. A ATEAL é referência no atendimento para o diagnóstico e reabilitação gratuita e permanente, para uma inclusão familiar, social, educacional e profissional. A ATEAl iniciou no dia 18 de janeiro, um grupo para estimulação da linguagem para terceira idade no setor de Distúrbios de Comunicação. O grupo tem como objetivo melhorar a comunicação de idosos que sofreram AVC e tem dificuldades de linguagem. Para saber mais clique aqui.

Por Edriana Oliveira Major

Premier Repair Café : donner une seconde vie aux objets usagés
Premier Repair Café : donner une seconde vie aux objets usagés

Organisation: Ressourc’âges ASBL Lieu: Belgique

Repair Café

Créée en 2014, l’association belge Ressourc’âges a pour mission de sensibiliser les plus jeunes aux thématiques environnementales et au développement durable à travers des jeux ainsi que des animations et ateliers récup’. L’association organise aussi régulièrement des ventes de produits locaux et a lançé cette année un nouveau concept : le Repair Café. Le premier Repair Café de l’association a eu lien fin janvier. Le but de l’événement est de redonner une seconde vie à des objets usagés pour inciter et sensibiliser la population à limiter leurs déchets. Toutes ces actions ont aussi pour but de rassembler et recréer un lien social entre les habitants. Cette première édition fut un succès et la seconde édition est déjà prévue pour mars ! ☺ Découvrez cette action ici.

Par Laurie Martin

By Amma Aburam

Catching up with Reza is always a pleasure. The photographer is a humanitarian force, consistently using photo to change the lives of people around the world. With him, there is always something new to discuss. This time he tells us about projects: a recollection of stories and photographic plans, never picked randomly but always made to have an impact on the people who participate in, see and share them.

One of his on-going projects that he brings to life through various initiatives as time goes by is called A Dream of Humanity. The idea is to have an umbrella term for his various humanitarian endeavors that take place in different parts of the world. His most famous initiative is called Exile Voices, which consists of giving cameras to children in refugee camps to take photos of their daily lives, joys and struggles. Exile voices is a project he aims to pursue for the next five years.

"Frozen Shoes" - Photo by Maya Rostam, Exiled Voices project
“Frozen Shoes” – Photo by Maya Rostam, Exile Voices project

Reza is currently working on an interactive book around the theme of Afghanistan Peace Warriors. He believes that the Internet with all its tools is an important vector of connection and knowledge. He reckons its ability to help reach millions of people with an idea is priceless. “The book is a way to link Afghanistan to the modern world, to move it away from its traditional cultural biases and ancient stories”, he explains. The book is a way to reach Afghan as well as global citizens, hence its multilingual and interactive approach designed to allow readers to engage, explore and grow their knowledge.

"Reconstruction" - © Reza
“Reconstruction” – © Reza

Another project seeks to engage the youth on current social issues. “I love Nature, I hate Pollution” is a competition created and launched by Reza in 2012 also titled Children’s Eyes on Earth. It does not only aim to raise children’s awareness of ecological issues but also to teach them about the power of photography. “I believe that 15 years ago, to be a photographer you had to have a reputation and the means to buy the material, as well as the ability to learn techniques. Today’s generation has access to limitless technologies like smartphones and I-pads to take photos” he states. For him, this can make photography trivial at times. His project is to show children that some themes and issues are so important that you can use your smartphone camera for more than just taking selfies. “It is important to have the youth know this, and to train them about it at a young age”, he adds. The competition aspect is simply to make it more exciting for them; kids love its game aspect and engage fully because of that. When I launched the project, kids from 90 countries participated; they all proved their creativity, curiosity and enthusiasm about nature and environmental issues “At the end of the day, adults see these photos and get a unique insight on how kids view their surroundings. From the refugee camp to this competition, it is easy to see that kids have a photographic eye that influences people differently”, he adds.

Reza has travelled the world and his photos have focused on various peoples, in struggles and in joys. One of his series focused on farmers in Morocco and their stories. This was in support of an NGO called AgreSud, which lacked funds while supporting agriculture in various places in the world. Reza’s humanitarian work extends to NGOs such as this one and his photos allow for the stories of these peoples to be told.

"The Frame" - © Reza
“The Frame” – © Reza

Similarly, he photographed women in Rwanda in a series called Words of Rwandan Women, as part of a project on women and their role in shaping the future of humanity. “I believe the world would be a much better place if women where in domains and positions of power and decision-making: in politics, communications, education and more”, he says. “War is the affair of men, just as we see males in various species battle things out. Women are mothers, nurturers, they give life so they don’t want to take it away”, he adds. In Rwanda and Burundi specifically, he was working on a before, during and after the genocide conflicts photo documentation. The women in these series have untold stories, one of them being about those who were raped during these conflicts. These women decided to keep their children despite the circumstances and were rejected by their families, tribes and friends, kicked out of their communities and villages. Once their tragic stories told through this series and in New York Magazine, many NGOs felt called to action and went out there to help them.

With Reza, there is no underestimation of the power of photojournalism and its endless impact on communities and lives. He has a real heart for helping others and using his talent to bring positivity to the world.

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Horyou is launching the website www.GreatDoingGood.com, a website dedicated to gathering testimonials from global citizens sharing their views on why it’s great to do good. The campaign supports the Social Good work promoted by the Horyou platform which has over one thousand non-profit organizations on the network sharing positivity everyday. The website presents 64 videos where citizens of the world in various cities answer the question: Why is it great to do good? The aim of the campaign is to inspire citizens of the world to support and spread positive actions. To encourage participation, a game has been established so that once the campaign has a global reach, a winner will be chosen to share $3000 for a personal social good project or action and a non-profit organisation or cause from the Horyou platform. Watch the promo video here !

WHY #GREATDOINGGOOD

Great Doing Good is a campaign to spread positivity and good actions. The idea is that there is a lot of different ways to make a positive impact in this world and everyone can do this through simple actions. The campaign supports the Social Good work promoted on the Horyou platform, where NGOs and members connect on a daily basis to share good news. The campaign takes this positivity beyond the platform and to the streets of different cities of the world by interviewing their citizens on the meaning of doing good. Ultimately, the game prize will serve to support the winner’s personal social good project(s) or action and an NGO of his/her choice so that concrete good actions can come from it.

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HOW IT WORKS

Anyone aged 18 and up can play. By visiting the website participants watch and Light their favorite videos. At any given moment there is a “winning video” amongst them. When the participant Lights the winning video, he/she automatically enters the draw to win $3,000. When the counter on the top left of the screen reaches 1 million Lights, a winner will be chosen from the draw and wins the $3,000. From the $3,000; 1,500 for a personal social good action and 1,500 dollars to donate to an NGO of their choice on the Horyou platform. Horyou platform members and organizations participate with their profiles and their existing Lights. If you are not yet a member of Horyou, you can participate using the five Horyou Lights available on the website. To obtain more Lights and be eligible for the global draw you will have to register to the Horyou Platform.

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THE CHALLENGE

Horyou is organizing a social media challenge in support of this campaign. The #GreatDoingGood challenge involves people sharing a good action on social media and challenging their friends to do the same. We invite everyone to participate through the Horyou App, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and show why it’s great to do good. Simply take a photo/video of a good action you witness or do, share it via the HoryouApp, Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook, challenge/tag two friends to have them post their own good actions and have them tag their friends to keep the challenge going. Finally, always include in your post #GreatDoingGood and the website www.GreatDoingGood.com.

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