World Humanitarian Day: The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Honours the Work of People Who Help Others in Times of War
The 19th of August marks the World Humanitarian Day. It was established in the aftermath of a tragedy, when 22 humanitarian organization employees died from a bomb in Iran. This day is about the feat of people who risk their lives and health so that others could receive the most necessary help. During the war in Ukraine, honouring the work of these people is of utmost importance.
From the first days of Russian aggression in 2014, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation allocated its resources to support people who found themselves in a difficult humanitarian situation in Donbas. During the full-scale war, the geography of the charitable organization’s aid has expanded to the whole of Ukraine. The Foundation’s founder, Rinat Akhmetov, formulated its goals: to help the country persevere and its people to survive.
Currently, the Foundation is the largest private humanitarian initiative in Ukraine. It does not put its support on pause and will continue as long as it is needed.
The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation brings humanitarian aid to front-line settlements, communities most affected by the war, places where IDPs live, and is the first to rush to the liberated territories of Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war, the Foundation has handed over more than 13 million food assistance packages, about 800,000 medical kits and equipment, 120,000 tablets for water disinfection, and about 90,000 hygiene kits to Ukrainians. Another 50,000 people have received targeted assistance, including the medical treatment. The Foundation provides rehabilitation courses for wounded children and adults, as well as helps children, who suffered from hostilities in Ukraine, to rest and recover psychologically.
It is important to remember that all this is done by people, those who work in and with the Foundation, and who are involved in the provision of humanitarian aid. Those who care about the fate of others. Despite air strikes and risks to life, these people collect, deliver, distribute, support, and console. And they repeatedly do all this day after day. No matter what. By the way, these very words, #NoMatterWhat, have become the slogan of this year’s Humanitarian Day.
If you want to join in and pay homage to the daily work and contributions of people who help others, use the hashtags #NoMatterWhat and #WorldHumanitarianDay on your social network accounts.
Together we will win!