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World Humanitarian Day 2021: For Us #TheHumanRace

Written by Juhandi Dwi Putra Lyana, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

In 2021, 235 million people need humanitarian assistance and protection. According to Global Humanitarian Overview 2021, the percentage has climbed to 1 in 33 persons around the world, up from 1 in 45 at the time of the launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview 2020, which was already the highest in decades. The United Nations and its partners want to help 160 million people in need in 56 countries, and they will need $35 billion to do so. What a big number, isn’t it?

Let’s take a look back, a year ago. 2020 is the worst year for some of us, even The Global Humanitarian Overview also agrees with it, 2020 has been a year like no other. We could see this from the pandemic which continues to have an impact until the present. Moreover, Several issues, such as violent conflict, rising hunger and the effects of climate change also need to be concerned. The crises become more complex and protracted. The health and non-health effects of Covid-19 merged with other crises make us overwhelmed, including the humanitarian workers. Tens of thousands of international humanitarian workers are sent each year around the world. The humanitarian workers are deployed to help people in need as a result of conflicts, natural disasters, diseases, or a general lack of healthcare or infrastructure. Humanitarian aid workers could span from weeks to years, and during that time, they could encounter dangerous environments, or face emotional stress. Exposure to infectious diseases, safety and security threats, and mental health issues are the risks of humanitarian aid workers out there.

We can imagine how risky the situation is. Nevertheless, there would always be crises across the world wherever or whenever it is. The number of people who need help will exist. As I have said, the humanitarian workers are overwhelmed. Due to wreaking havoc around the world, people on the front lines and in the humanitarian community are unable to cope.

In that case, on this World Humanitarian Day, it is time for us to be the humanitarian workers in our communities. A large leap has to be preceded by a little step.

What Can We Do?

Why don’t we take a look at our surroundings? As a youth, education is the closest thing in our daily life, so let’s start from there. Referring to Global Humanitarian Overview, when Covid-19 struck, governments around the world responded by temporarily closing schools, affecting 91% (1.6 billion) of students. During school closures, at least 463 million were unable to access any remote learning, and it has been occurring until the present. Unfortunately, there are lots of students out there who still don’t have access to remote learning or are still confused about how to effectively do remote learning. As we know, the loss of educational opportunities has undermined productivity, reduced lifetime earnings and widened inequalities. In that case, we can help those in need of education, assisting them in online learning. Therefore, the widened inequalities in society would be suppressed.

It is a little step that you can do, maybe started in our own neighborhoods, or by joining an organization. We cannot let the Covid-19 pandemic steal their chances to learn and study. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela said it. From our little step, by assisting the online learning, we could help someone to reach their dreams, maybe to be a teacher, police, or just simply make their future better. In this pandemic, Project Child Indonesia gives a chance for you who want to be involved in the little steps to be humanitarian workers. Online Learning Assistance, it is a program initiated by Project Child Indonesia to solve the problems that arise due to the online learning process system at school. Through your participation and donation, you have been a part of humanitarian aid workers.

We live in a race against conflict, climate emergency, and global pandemic. In this race, no one will be left behind. No one will suffer alone. The act of solidarity could help us win this race. For us, #theHumanRace.

 References:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, April 8). Retrieved from Humanitarian Aid Workers: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/humanitarian-aid-workers

Global Humanitarian Overview 2021. (n.d.). Retrieved from Youth Movements are Shaping Global Trends: https://gho.unocha.org/global-trends/youth-movements-are-shaping-global-trends

United Nations. (n.d.). Retrieved from Humanitarian Day: https://www.un.org/en/observances/humanitarian-day

Freiwilligenarbeit von Jugendlichen unterstützt Ziele der nachhaltigen Entwicklung

By: Felice Valeria, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia


Wir können nicht immer die Zukunft für unsere Jugend gestalten, aber wir können immer unsere Jugend auf die Zukunft vorbereiten.

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Nach Angaben der Vereinten Nationen (UNO) leben aktuell 1,8 Millionen Menschen im Alter zwischen 10 und 24 Jahren auf unserer Welt. Diese sind die bisher größte Generation von Jugendlichen der Geschichte. Das macht mehr als deutlich, wie entscheidend ihre Rolle zur Anregung und Umsetzung von nachhaltigen Veränderungen und tiefgreifendem Wandel für unsere Zukunft ist. Auch der UNO ist bewusst, wie wichtig eine aktive Beteiligung der jungen Generation zur Erreichung der Ziele der nachhaltigen Entwicklung (engl. Sustainable Development Goals, kurz SDG) ist. Viele Länder, insbesondere Entwicklungs- und unterentwickelte Länder, stehen aufgrund von beispielsweise fehlendem Zugang zu Bildung und notwendiger Gesundheits- und Hygenieversorgung, vor großen Herausforderungen in Bezug auf die Erreichung der SDGs, was zu strukturellen sozio-ökonomischen Problemen führt. Entsprechend ist es ein Anliegen der UNO, das Engagement Jugendlicher bei der Lösung dieser Probleme zu unterstützen und insbesondere Freiwilligenarbeit junger Generationen zu fördern. Für die UNO werden Freiwilligengruppen durch ihren Beitrag zu einer der zentralen Interessensgruppen, um die selbstgesetzte Agenda für nachhaltige Entwicklung 2030 zu erreichen.

Freiwilligentätigkeit, die meist in gemeinnützigen Organisationen durchgeführt wird, hat einen nachhaltigen Einfluss auf alle beteiligten Interessengruppen, darunter nicht nur die gemeinnützige Organisation und begünstigten Empfänger, sondern auch die Jugendlichen selbst.  Die Organisationen profitieren von der Unterstützung bei der Umsetzung ihrer Mission, von innovativen Ideen, verstärkter öffentlicher Aufmerksamkeit und einem gesteigerten Interesse neuer Unterstützer und Freiwilliger. Die Jugendlichen selbst bekommen die Möglichkeit, sich selbst zu entfalten, zu lernen und Verantwortung zu übernehmen. Sie verbessern Empathie, Selbstwertgefühl sowie die körperliche und geistige Gesundheit und erlernen neue soziale Fähigkeiten. Darüber hinaus bestehen eine Vielzahl an weiteren Möglichkeiten, kontinuierlich zu lernen und andere psychologische und intellektuelle Fähigkeiten zu entwickeln.

Auch hinsichtlich der wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Entwicklung von Ländern und Gemeinden kann der Freiwilligendienst einen wichtigen Beitrag leisten, Probleme, wie Armut oder mangelnde Bildung, Gesundheits- und Hygienestandards, zu lösen. Nach Statistiken des Internationalen Forums für Freiwilligenarbeit sind Länder und Gemeinden mit einem hohen Anteil an Freiwilligen in ihrer Entwicklung dynamischer und können den Hauptzielen der SDG besser entsprechen.

Auch wenn der Beitrag von Freiwilligenarbeit für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung und die Erreichung der SDGs für Gemeinden unbestreitbar ist, fehlt es oftmals an benötigter Unterstützung. Hinzu kommt, dass viele Jugendliche trotz der genannten Vorteile den eigenen Nutzen von Freiwilligenarbeit nicht erkennen. Die Gründe dafür sind oftmals auf unzureichende und schwer zugängliche Informationen, Zeitmangel oder mangelndes Interesse zurückzuführen. Da die Freiwilligenarbeit trotz ihrer Bedeutung nicht in die Agenda der UNO Millenniums-Entwicklungsziele (engl. Millennium Development Goals, kurz MDGs) aufgenommen wurde, mangelte es auch von UNO-Seite lange an der benötigten Unterstützung und Förderung, was sich nun geändert hat. Im Rahmen der Youth & SDGs 2030 – Kampagne zeigt die UNO Möglichkeiten auf, sich als Jugendlicher im Sinne der SDGs zu engagieren.

Es liegt nun einerseits an den Gemeinden, Freiwilligenarbeit von Jugendlichen aktiv zu fördern sowie an den Jugendlichen selbst, gegebene Chancen zu ergreifen und von den Vorteilen freiwilligen Engagements zu profitieren. So kann nicht nur ein entscheidender Beitrag zur Erreichung der SDGs geleistet, sondern darüber hinaus nachhaltig Gutes zur positiven Beeinflussung unserer Zukunft beigetragen werden.

Also, auf geht‘s junge Leute! Wartet nicht länger, lasst uns Freiwillige sein, um Hand in Hand die gesetzten Nachhaltigkeitsziele zu erreichen!
Mehr zu den Möglichkeiten der Freiwilligenarbeit bei Project Child hier

Youth Volunteerism to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

By: Felice Valeria, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

According to the United Nations, there are 1.8 billion people aged between 10-24 in the world, which could be said as the largest generation of youth in history. Hence, the role of youth in advocating for and executing changes seems to be really crucial, especially by taking into account their role as agents of change for the future. In responding to this particular phenomenon, the United Nations has highly distressed and encouraged the active participation of young people to contribute in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In many countries, particularly the developing and underdeveloped ones, most of the youths are facing several major challenges in terms of SDGs, such as but not limited to the lack of access to education, healthcare, and employment, which eventually would create more structural socio-economic problems in the future. Of course, one of the relatively best and easiest ways to foster their involvement in solving those problems is undoubtedly through volunteering activities.

Volunteerism, which is mostly executed through non-profit organizations, has significantly impacted the stakeholders involved, which include the non-profit themselves, as well as the communities and the youths. Nonprofits could be benefited through the expansion of missions, innovative ideas, enhanced public support, and the cultivation of new supporters and volunteers. Meanwhile, the young people could take advantage in terms of their increase of self-development, which include but not limited to responsibility, empathy, self-esteem, new social skills, improved physical and mental health, interest in learning, and other psychological and intellectual developments. The United Nations itself has recognized volunteer groups as one of the stakeholders to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, that might also considerably foster its national planning and implementation.

It could be seen that volunteerism is a prominent fuel for sustainable development, and it is highly recommended for all communities to get involved. Nonetheless, despite the aforementioned benefits of youth volunteerism, a considerable amount of young people may unfortunately still be discouraged from conducting volunteering activities, which might be caused by the lack of information, lack of time, lack of interest, and so forth. As these problems should be taken into account, volunteerism would definitely provide abundant benefits for the youths and the grass-root communities, especially in the efforts of achieving SDGs. As volunteerism was not featured in the agenda of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), despite its significance to be implemented. Further significance and effectiveness of volunteerism could be proven by the fact that countries which have high amount of volunteers are more vibrant in terms of economic and social conditions, according to the statistics by the International Forum for Volunteering in Development. Many aspects that drive poverty could also be gradually resolved from the act of volunteering, such as education, health, employment, and livelihoods, which are the key objectives of the SDGs.

Wait no more, let’s be a volunteer to achieve SDGs hand in hand, young people!