For the past one week, the Indian valley of Kashmir is grappling with the worst floods the valley has seen in the last 100 years. The death toll is estimated to be 450 and still rising. More than 200,000 people are relocated to safety by rescuers.
Heavy Monsoon rains flooded rivers earlier this month in the valley of Kashmir on both sides of the border between India and Pakistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan inflicting severe damage to the region.
Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar (1963-2014) was an award winning Cardiologist practicing in Columbus, Ohio. He was a kind, compassionate and caring physician and also a humanitarian who took pride in helping those in need.
The recent conflict in Gaza and the West Bank has led to over 1,000 Palestinians being killed, more than 6,000 injured and tens of thousands displaced.
Ebola takes its name from Ebola River in Democratic Republic of Congo, where it first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku.
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines devastated six eastern and central islands with winds of 300 kilometers per hour, one of the most powerful storms on record.
The Syrian civil war is one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the recent history and has claimed over 100,000 fatalities, 4.25 million internally displaced people and over 2 million people displaced abroad, mostly in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
The holiday season is here. Most of us have exciting plans for the next few weeks as we will get together with families and friends over delicious feasts and get much needed rest and relaxation in our cozy, warm homes.
On November 2, 2013, Humanity First USA's Gift of Sight team will arrive in Antigua, Guatemala for the fourth week-long eye camp. The camp will provide free eye care to rural Guatemalans funded by donations made through Humanity First and hospital donated equipment.
Humanity First, Our Kids Our Future, strives to provide literacy and education for all children locally and globally.
ORTM Journal TV coverage of the inauguration of Humanity First's Sewing School in Mali, January 2013.
ORTM Journal TV coverage of the opening of the Humanity First Primary School in Mali, January 2013.
Supporting the battle against breast cancer, Humanity First donated breast cancer diagnosis machines in Tanzania to improve service delivery at the nation's largest hospital.
Debbie Knorr of South Beach, victim of Hurricane Sandy shares her appreciation for Humanity First's assistance.
By day, Naperville resident Munum Naeem works in Chicago with United Airlines as the vice president of technical operations.
Humanity First is registered in 41 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.