Message From Director
Another year has passed where Humanity First family remained on the forefront to serve our fellow human beings. Together, we have made great leaps in many areas, but our work never ends. At times it seems that everything we do is just a drop in the bucket, but what keeps us going is the reminder to ourselves that every drop count.
It costs Humanity First USA less than $2 to provide clean drinking water to a person for a year or more. The amounts that are a drop in the bucket, combined enabled us to serve more than 200,000 fellow human beings in 2017.
Under the supreme leadership of His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Fifth and Current Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) Worldwide, Humanity First USA made great progress with the Nasir Hospital project in Guatemala and many other banner programs. Auxiliaries of AMC-USA and its related associations specially Ahmadiyya Muslim Medical Association (AMMA) played critical role in the flagship Nasir Hospital project. By the end of 2017, construction of the building was almost complete, and we were in the process of installing and ordering equipment and fixtures. The project which will cost more than $3 million in construction and startup costs is expected to be ready by Fall 2018.
Under Humanity First USA’s Global Health program, many initiatives are underway in several countries which served more than 27,000 people in 2017. This includes a health center in Mali and Indonesia, surgical training missions to Ghana and Liberia, the Gift of Sight program in Burkina Faso, Guatemala and Mali, and the Gift of Health Program in Guatemala and Mexico.
With establishment of one more school in 2017, Humanity First USA is now operating nine (9) schools in several countries including Mali, Guatemala, Haiti, and Tanzania. Our schools are educating more than 1,900 students each year. Under ‘Our Kids Our Future’ program in the USA, we served additional 1,300 kids through grants to teachers, community development programs and back to school events.
Through the Skills Development programs, Humanity First is operating nine (9) centers which benefited more than 1300 students in 2017.
In collaboration with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and other auxiliaries of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of the USA, Humanity First USA responded to several disasters and was able to serve more than 27,000 victims. This was made possible through over 400 volunteers which included approximately 150 volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth auxiliary, over 80 volunteers from the Women’s auxiliary and more than 50 volunteers from the Men’s auxiliary.
The Food for Life program in the US served over 80,000 meals during 2017. It worked through more than ten (10) food pantries and two (2) soup kitchens, and several Humanity First Student Organizations at university campuses.
Humanity First USA’s efforts through volunteers and grassroots organizations enables it to not only deliver timely relief but it also brings communities together to develop local ownership. On behalf of Humanity First USA team and beneficiaries, I want to thank our donors and supporters who enable us to make a difference in the world. I have traveled to different countries over the last few years to see first hand the impact of your support and we look forward to your continued support in the years to come.