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.
There are tens of millions who are not this fortunate. They live through the same season all year long, season of poverty, sickness and deprivation.
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.
City of Tacloban, which is the biggest city on Leyte Island and has a population of 200,000, is the most affected. Not a single building in Tacloban is standing intact.
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. Ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies have also contributed in order to keep the surgeries free for the patients.
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. More than half or 1 million of the refugees displaced abroad are children.
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Humanity First, Our Kids Our Future, strives to provide literacy and education for all children locally and globally. In the past, OKOF has partnered with at-risk Chicago public schools to mentor students, promote literacy , raise funds and donate supplies, computers and other equipment.
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 39 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1992. 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.