Each year, World Humanitarian Day focuses on a theme, bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being, and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.
This year, we highlight the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressuring world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people. The world’s poorest are often hit the hardest. Often, women and girls are the last to eat or be rescued; they face greater health and safety risks in terms of sanitation and water systems being compromised. The take on increased domestic and care work as resources become depleted.
This is a cause close to the heart of the founder of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI), Chris Oyakhilome. COFI is a non-governmental, non-political organization, which promotes the sponsorship of charitable initiatives and humanitarian efforts.
The Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI) in fact, takes the lead in humanitarian efforts across the African continent and is quickly becoming one of the most distinguished faith-based charitable organizations in Africa, COFI continues to expand its efforts to provide for the needs of those living in poverty, those affected by natural and man-made disasters, and elevating the level of services provided to communities across the African continent.
COFI provides humanitarian aid and lifesaving relief to those in great need through its own initiatives and through the sponsorship of partner agencies devoted to affecting positive change throughout the world. The work of these humanitarian aid networks aligns closely with the foundation’s Christian mission. The acclaimed agencies supported by COFI are the Volunteer Medical Corps, Trauma Care International Foundation, InnerCity Mission for Children, Future Africa Leaders Foundation, and the Bible for All Mission.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. One of the purposes of the United Nations is “to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character.”
Climate change doesn’t affect everyone equally. People in vulnerable communities are already losing their homes, livelihood, and lives. Time is running out for millions of the world’s most vulnerable population.
With most climate campaigns focused on slowing climate change and securing the planet’s future, World Humanitarian Day 2021, will highlight the immediate consequences of the climate emergency for the world’s most vulnerable people.
The climate emergency is wreaking havoc across the world at a scale that people on the front lines and in the humanitarian community cannot manage. This November, world leaders will meet at the UN Climate Summit (COP26) to accelerate climate action.
Wangari Maathai, an African woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize, reflected that we owe our work to make changes in the world to the next generations. According to the environmental activist, we have to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.
Stand in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people by using these hashtags #TheHumanRace #WorldHumanitarianDay in your social media activities.