World Humanitarian Day was established by the General Assembly of the UN in December 2008 and was
first observed in August 2009. The date August 19 is the anniversary date of the 2003 Canal Hotel
bombing in Baghdad where twenty-two people lost their lives including, the UN’s High Commissioner for
Human Rights and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk
their lives in humanitarian service, and to garner support for people affected by crises globally. The
United Nations’ (UN) World Humanitarian Day honors all humanitarians who have worked in the
promotion of the humanitarian cause, and those who died in the cause of duty. It aims to increase
public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of
Humanitarians provide life-saving assistance to millions of people worldwide. They place their own lives
at risk to help others in conflict zones and areas of natural hazards. According to United Nations, more
than 700 humanitarian workers have died or experienced the most dangerous situations while trying to
help those in need. Humanitarians provide support for different world challenges such as hunger,
gender-based violence, refugees and displaced people, help for children, as well as clean water and
access to sanitation.
Today we celebrate our team members who are working selflessly to add value to the lives of the poor
and vulnerable in our society. Hope Spring Water volunteers are investing their time and resources
to put smiles on the faces of thousands of beneficiaries we’ve impacted.
HAPPY WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY FROM HOPE SPRING
Evgeniy is Hope Spring online marketing director