On this World Humanitarian Day, we honor frontline workers who sacrifice their comfort and risk their lives to support those in need. They are our real-life heroes.
This year, the UN has launched a global campaign that celebrates humanitarians - a "thank you" to the people who have committed their lives to helping others. In the face of COVID-19, communities, civil society and local NGOs often find themselves on the frontline of the response – despite conflicts and insecurity in many parts of the world.
To respond to COVID-19 and its economic effects on the communities we work with, Helvetas quickly initiated close to a 100 humanitarian response projects in most of its partner countries hoping the pandemic will neither endanger these men, women and children nor jeopardize the progress made all these years in securing basic needs such as access to water, schools and basic services, in adapting agriculture to climate change and creating access to markets in order to achieve better incomes.
Today, Helvetas too celebrates its many real-life heroes. Find below some of them who work for Helvetas and our partner organizations - and read what motivates them to be brave in these challenging times.
Emmanuel Yameogo, Burkina Faso. Responsible for identifying and protecting vulnerable people, especially internally displaced persons
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Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Mohammed Said, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. A volunteer responsible for creating Covid-19 awareness and distributing hygiene kits
Other heroes from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
(all names of Rohingya refugees in this post have been changed to ensure their safety)
Almaz Hailu (on the left), an irrigation expert working at a local government agriculture office
More heroes from Ethiopia
Maria Florinda Andre Tomas Joao, Mozambique. Responsible for promoting COVID-19 prevention and mitigation measures
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Lalita Kumari Bhandari, Nepal (on the right). Responsible for improving hygiene practices and COVID awareness (Social Service Centre - SoSEC Nepal)
Erika Collado, Peru. Responsible for providing legal support to Venezualan refugees and migrants
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Nan Ei Mon Mon Aung, Myanmar. Responsible for raising awareness about COVID-19 prevention, mobilizing joint response actions, distributing hygiene kits, and providing food to quarantine centers (Local Resource Center)
More heroes from Myanmar
Munawar Khan Khattak