World Vision Ethiopia celebrates humanitarians around the world

Addis Ababa (August 19, 2014) -World Vision Ethiopia (WVE) stands alongside other humanitarian actors to mark the 2014 World Humanitarian Day under the theme: The World Needs More Humanitarian Heroes. 

In its nearly 40 years of experience in Ethiopia in emergency relief and development work, WVE has involved a number of selfless, passionate staff and volunteers. Hence, the organization seizes this opportunity to champion those frontline humanitarian heroes, who played an incredible role while saving the lives of millions of Ethiopians, most of whom are women and children.

Currently, World Vision carries out large scale emergency and humanitarian interventions, in collaboration with UNHCR/ARRA, as well as other partners in Somali refugee areas of Dollo Ado, Sudanese refugees in Tongo and South Sudanese refugees in Gambella. 

World Vision also operates emergency response interventions in South Omo and Borena. The interventions include water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), food, health, livelihood, education and environment.  

“WVE is committed to continuing its support for refugees-particularly the most vulnerable women and children-and other populations affected by crises across 100 districts throughout the country,” said Mrs. Margaret Schuler, WVE National Director.  Given the continuous growth of the number of people in need of humanitarian aid, WVE would like to call on the public to pledge their support for victims of conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies. 

This year’s celebration also marks the launch of a global social media campaign -Messengers of Humanity.  It is a UN initiative aimed at mobilizing the public to act as humanitarians by bringing about continued attention and awareness to the humanitarian crises in the world.  World Vision pledges to spearhead the idea of the Messenger of Humanity by engaging and spreading compelling content across the world via social media and encouraging people to give their support by joining the global online campaign. 

Finally,   WVE invites everyone to become a humanitarian by visiting and signing up as a messenger of humanity via Facebook.