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Photo Essay: Honoring our staff in Haiti

Today, August 19, is World Humanitarian Day.  According to the United Nations (UN), World Humanitarian Day is “a day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit of people helping people that motivates this work.”  It was on August 19, 2003 that 22 aid workers were killed by a bomb in the UN headquarters in Baghdad.  So today we remember those who lost their lives and give thanks for all those who are serving each day.

At World Concern, Martha and I get to work with some incredible people.  Worldwide World Concern has approximately 1,000 staff members serving in some of the harshest environments. Call us bias, but we are especially blown away by World Concern’s staff in Haiti.  Our colleagues in Haiti are doctors, accountants, mechanics, engineers, agronomists, and business professionals. They are committed to doing their work faithfully and with excellence.  They also love Jesus and want to see people transformed spiritually as well as physically.  We have witnessed this firsthand since moving here in January.  To celebrate the World Concern staff in Haiti we wanted to share some photos with you of the people we have the pleasure of working with.  It is because of their dedication and hard work that many lives are impacted across Haiti.  On the World Concern blog today there is also a great post about a young man named Jean Berlin who Martha and I got to interview earlier this year.  His story is incredible.  I encourage you to check it out here!

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World Humanitarian Day

Today, you may or may not know, is World Humanitarian Day.  This annual global celebration is meant to “recognize those who face danger and adversity to help others.”  Essentially, it is the ‘Labor Day’ of the humanitarian world, for our U.S. American friends.  It is a day of remembrance and action.

The World Humanitarian Day site says it like this:

We honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and we pay tribute to those who continue to help people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are.
Every day we see and hear images and stories of pain and suffering in our own neighborhoods and in countries far away. But we also find acts of kindness, great and small. World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people.

This day is an invitation for people from all religious, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds to not simply remember those that have labored for others, but to become someone who is laboring for others.

Especially as people of faith, it is important to be involved and engaged, both locally and globally.  This is how the world will know who we belong to right?

Jesus himself said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

I do not want to sound too idealistic and persuade you that what happens on World Humanitarian Day will change your community and our world for good.  That is simply not true.  However, I do want to applaud the attempt at togetherness that is associated with a day like this and challenge you take action.  World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity for advocacy and education.  You know Martha and I care deeply for Haiti; the first black republic in the world and the second country to achieve independence in all the Americas (aah see, education).  This is a nation that faces numerous challenges, but is also a nation that bursts with vibrancy and potential.

World Concern is an organization that is interested in tapping into this potential.  We, as an organization, seek to empower individuals and partner with local communities in Haiti to encourage transformation.  One way we do this is by providing microloans to small business owners and entrepreneurs like Rolande (pictured left).  We were able to meet Rolande and hear her story of how the microloan she received from World Concern has allowed her to expand her business and meet her family’s needs.

 

 

Martha and I are honored to participate in this work of transformation, and we invite you to join us.

We have seen how World Humanitarian Day is about remembering those that serve, becoming educated, and committing to doing something for others.  So in this spirit, I want to suggest ways that you can become involved in our work in Haiti on World Humanitarian Day:

  1. Get educated!  Watch a video and read an article below
  2. Post the link to our blog on your facebook or twitter page
  3. Partner with Martha and I in Haiti by making either a one-time or monthly gift to our ministry

“Solving the Tap-Tap Puzzle” – A FRONTLINE/Planet Money Special Report
A look at the colorful public buses that you find around Haiti

“Wasn’t Meant to Be” – Nu Look
Music from the well known compas band Nu Look

Powering Lights and Progress in Haiti – Haiti Rewired
An article about Haiti’s energy and electricity challenges

Seeing Beauty in Haiti – World Concern blog
A look at post-quake Haiti and World Concern’s work in building shelters