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California Wildfire Relief

In October 2007, the Southern California wildfires displaced close to a million residents from their homes and resulted in damages in the $1billion range. These wildfires have been described as the worst in the state’s history.


Humanity First Approach

Humanity First quickly mobilized a First Responder Team on October 22, 2007 to identify any needs that national relief organizations or state/federal agencies were not been able to fulfill. Humanity First team immediately signed in with the local and state offices for emergency services.


  • Aid in the form of non-perishable food items, water, medicines and toiletry items were distributed to local shelters in partnership with other relief organizations in Orange and San Diego County, namely Orange County Rescue Mission, American Medical Response and American Firefighter Frontline.
  • 2 physicians were on stand by to provide medical services as necessary; however the need for medical services was quickly downgraded.

Next Steps

It was determined that most shelters received adequate aid and supplies, thus the Humanity First relief effort officially concluded on October 30, 2007.


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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.

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92% Return on Investment

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.

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