Farmer and Fisherman Support
War, natural disaster and other calamities often devastate community infrastructure, leaving the agricultural sector in shambles. Humanity First initially provides relief to distressed communities by shipping urgent aid, with the understanding that this is not a sustainable model of development.
Humanity First Approach
Humanity First seeks to rebuild communities through a sustainable model of economic development. By conducting qualitative research and surveying the community, we can determine projects that will support a sustainable livelihood.
Fisherman Support in Indonesia
While Humanity First initially provided relief aid to devastated parts of Indonesia following the 2004 tsunami, our organization also supplied three villages with Begans, fishermen’s netting. In an effort to promote self-sustenance, Humanity First supported the ability to catch fish and shrimp as a source of livelihood for the entire village.
Agricultural Assistance to Liberian Farmers
Similarly, Humanity First initially provided relief to the Liberia following devastation from the civil war by shipping over food aid. In conducting qualitative research, it was revealed that farmers and community members needed assistance with cassava processing in order to promote self-sustenance. Cassava has a special role in the economic development of Liberia and is the second staple food as it is much easier to cultivate than rice.
In 2008, Humanity First plans to help farmers in Liberia by establishing a Cassava Processing Plants in Gohn Town, Tewor District, and Grand Cape Mount County. This project will help farmers in receiving a better, quicker return on their Cassava, which is being processed by hand at this time. Additionally, the plant will create more jobs and will establish a community structure for administering and management of similar commercial developments.
Humanity First is registered in 43 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.