Friday, May 13, 2015: Tomorrow.
Tomorrow we embark on a journey that, up until a few days ago, seemed like a suggestion of what might be, of things that will happen, of a task for our future selves to handle. Now the future has broken into and nearly become one with the present, and we are forced to confront the reality that our vision of a mission trip to Guatemala has descended upon us from the ethereal plane and become a tangible reality nearly—almost tantalizingly--within our grasp.
The realization is thrilling yet sobering.
I cannot wait to go—perhaps for selfish reasons. I know that this experience will change me. It will allow me to interact with a different culture; it will widen my understanding of health and community medicine; it will irrevocably alter my worldview, render me speechless, and send me on a lifelong journey of devising a new lens through which to see the world. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity.
But even in the thrill of it all, I must not forget why I am here, why my friends and I are all here, why Humanity First so graciously allowed us to go. We are here to help the people of Guatemala. We are here to use our hands, our feet, our minds, our hearts for their benefit. We are here to dedicate every fiber of our being to those who have not been as fortunate as we are. We are here to help them in whatever ways (no matter how small) that we can, to make their lives better—even if for a fleeting moment.
Tomorrow we set into motion a sequence of events that will change our lives and perhaps the lives of those whom we will meet in Guatemala. Perhaps our involvement will benefit those we meet transiently and for years to come. Perhaps idealism will allow us to give the people of Guatemala what they deserve.
All I know is this: tomorrow “we go to seek these great perhaps[es]”.
- Marina Ibraheim, Humanity First student volunteer
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.