What is a Humanitarian?

Today is ‘World Humanitarian Action Day’ so it’s a great excuse to explore Humanitarianism and boil it down to find its relevance for our every day lives.

Am I a humanitarian?


[hyoo-man-i-tair-ee-uhn or, often, yoo-]


1. having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people.
2. of or pertaining to ethical or theological humanitarianism.
3. pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering: a humanitarian crisis.

4. a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist.
5. a person who professes ethical or theological humanitarianism.
So, now that you’ve read the dictionary def, are you a humanitarian? If you’re reading this blog, chances are, you are. If you care about what’s happening around our world and are actively taking steps towards making change (no matter how small the steps may be), you are a humanitarian and are part of a growing global movement bent on changing the world for the better.

What’s my passion?

What is it that riles you the most? What inspires you? What makes you cry? Ponder for a moment the different things which matter most to you. For many years I wondered how all the issues I was passionate about were related. Poverty, maternal mortality, sex trafficking, sexual abuse, sexualisation of children, marriage… I realised a few months ago that all these issues are about women. After much thought I was able to frame it: I’m passionate about helping women improve their lives and about bringing them to a personal, powerful relationship with God.

Have you worked out what you’re passionate about yet?It’s worth taking the time to think about it.

What can I do?

This is the bit where most of us get stuck. Many issues seem so huge that one person’s efforts won’t make much difference. That’s where we’re totally wrong. Because every (1) matters, it means that every small act makes a difference: even if only in the life of one. Change one life, and you’ve changed the world. It’s really as simple as that. So, what is one thing you can do today to help someone or start the ball rolling on a project you’ve been thinking of doing? Maybe write a letter to that politician or company whose policy you disagree with, maybe bake a cake for your new neighbour or the elderly lady living down the road, maybe make a donation to an organisation working hard on an issue you’re interested in.

For me, today is a day for making an extra effort with my family; spending time with the kids and cooking a special meal to share with friends. This may not be a huge step to take but my family remain at the top of my priority list so it’s pretty important…

Cheers for now!



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