Qatar’s First Humanitarian Org Celebrates 40 Years

Last March 20, Qatar Red Crescent Society or QRCS held a grand celebration of its 40-year anniversary at the Katara Cultural Village in Doha. Attended by the country’s government officials, business leaders, senior officers and volunteers, and other representatives, it was an important event in the field of development and humanitarian advocacy. But it marked even more important achievements.

Established on March 20, 1978, QRCS “boasts of a track record of achievements, lessons learnt and milestones”, it has said in a statement. “These successes have shaped the arena of charitable and social work in Qatar, and enriched the country’s bright image as a major humanitarian player around the world.”

Committed to its slogan “Saving Lives and Preserving Dignity,” the QRCS—as a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)—has helped develop zones afflicted by disasters, conflict, and poverty.

“Being Qatar’s first humanitarian organisation, QRCS became a pioneer in its vision, principles and efforts. Now, it serves as an auxiliary to Qatar in its humanitarian policies both locally and internationally. Also, it has become a role model for many NGOs and humanitarian service providers, which follow its strategies and operations,” the statement adds.

The day’s highlights include a special ceremony to honor the organization’s chief contributors and volunteers, the opening to a public exhibit of QRCS’s timeline and history at the Katara Corniche, a showcase and invitation for volunteering opportunities, and even kid-friendly activities.

However, humanitarian advocacy is not only enacted on the organization level, but some powerful individuals constantly do their share, exemplified by other recent milestones in philantropy such as charity auctions for the homeless and benefit concerts for diverse causes. Perhaps even in our smallness, we could wonder about the small ways we could contribute to the giant mission of relieving the suffering of others.

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Cultivating Kindness in the Next Generation

Everybody needs a shot of good news everyday. As for me, my dosage of inspiration usually comes from stories involving children who do fantastic, exceptionally kind things for other people, or other people who do fantastic, exceptionally kind things for children. In this blog, it’s no secret that I am partial to featuring the little people of the next generation who’ve shown some really impressive abilities, such as a great deal of empathy.

Some children first understand the need to help others because of their own plight. For instance, a deaf boy started his own fundraising initiative to provide hearing aids for his fellow deaf children. Others are inspired by their loved ones, like this high schooler who invented an AI system to diagnose her grandfather’s eye disease. It goes to show that at an early age, children already have a deep enough understanding of love and already think of the welfare of those around them.

But it doesn’t stop there either. Some children can even empathize with those who live way beyond their backyards and come from backgrounds way different from theirs. At times of disasters, for instance, children show that they feel so much for people that are suffering, as exemplified by an 8-year-old who collected over a thousand toys that he eventually gave away to Puerto Rican kids after the terrible hurricane. Unfortunately, some adults aren’t even able to have this kind of empathy, but some kids definitely do.

Meanwhile, some preschoolers just want to have fun and eventually end up helping others out, like this prodigious 5-year-old who sells her own astounding galaxy paintings and donates the proceeds to a charity.

But what do these stories of the next generation mean for us who come before them? Should we feel bad and envious that they are already doing so much more? Should our generation take credit for raising such beautiful children? No, though perhaps possible, none of those seems right.

Some groups of people have already figured out what to do and what their role is. Educational institutions in New York have been trying to address the problem of inequality by providing free lunches to kids of lower status, while libraries in Los Angeles have waived book rental fees for readers under the age of 21. This Massachusetts startup is making life better for kids with autism by providing smart glasses that can help them track emotion and improve their social skills. Disney itself committed 100 million dollars to children’s hospitals.

That’s right. What we need to do for the next generation is show them that they can become the best versions of themselves, because this world is going to be kind to them. And we have to make sure that it happens. We absolutely have to make this world a better place for the people who will succeed us, so that they may continue on the good work.

Not all of us can donate millions of dollars or invent something incredibly beneficial. But there are things we can do, like volunteer our time and skills to organizations dedicated to the welfare of children, mentor kids in our community who show interest in the fields we know about, support and participate in school and after-school programs, and many others. Sometimes, even showing compassion to tiny members of the family like our own children or nephews and nieces might already be enough.

In the end, it’s all about the culture of kindness that we cultivate for them, so that when the time comes for them to take charge of the world, they can take things further and make it an even better place. We have to inculcate kindness in them, so that they can pay it forward and be even kinder to others. No doubt, cultivating kindness in the next generation means that we ourselves have to be kind to each other. As they say, lead by example.

One such app with the same mission is BeepBeep Nation. It aims to make the world a better place by connecting people who need help and others who can offer it. Providing a plethora of opportunities to give back and help out, it enables people to exercise compassion the way they want to. Ultimately, BeepBeep Nation encourages people to share their lives with one another and believe in a future built on kindness. This is exactly the kind of mindset that our children should learn as they are growing up.

Fuelled by the EMINENT token, the BeepBeep Nation app is set to launch soon, in selected cities worldwide. Pre-sale of the token is already live, with some bonuses available. Check out the ICO now! It’s never too early for children to find the heart to help out, and it’s never too late for us to encourage them to do so.

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Floridians Rescue Manatees Displaced By Hurricane

There is a special bond between human and animal. Amidst the Nepal floods, elephants rescued some 300 tourists at a safari park from drowning. After the mass devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Floridians made it their duty to rescue manatees displaced by the disaster.

Two manatees were beached along Florida’s Sarasota Bay when Hurricane Irma sucked water from their usual home and left them stranded in knee-high mud.

Without the response of animal services, passersby took it upon themselves to help the stranded animals. Volunteers rolled them onto tarps, dragging them 100 yards into the water.

“It was a pretty cool experience,” [volunteer] Marcelo Clavijo wrote in his [Facebook] post. “Now back to reality of a hurricane coming.”

The charitable act may not have been a grand one, but it is easily as commendable as any other. If anything, I’m sure those manatees are incredibly grateful.

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Search Dog Is Tracking Survivors In Mexico

Some dogs, such as Diesel, who saved his owners from a house fire, are heroes to their families. Other dogs are heroes to complete strangers. Meet Frida, a seven-year-old search dog tracking survivors of the Mexico earthquake.

In her career, Frida has located 12 people alive beneath the rubble plus more than 40 others dead, more than any other Mexican rescue dog… She has put her nose to work in disasters such as an earthquake in Ecuador last year, another one in southern Mexico two weeks ago, a landslide in Guatemala in 2015 and a Mexico City gas explosion in 2013.

The heroic Labrador has made such an impression that she has appeared on tattoos and an unofficial 500 peso bill. After all, dogs and social media are the best of pals. Frida has spent most of her rescue antics at a school in southern Mexico.

“It’s a source of pride to work with Frida. She’s a very, very special dog,” said Israel Arauz, her handler for the past two years.

Alongside Frida work several other search dogs, all part of the Mexican Navy. In a year, Frida will retire to live with Arauz, dedicating her hardworking nose to the smell of treats.

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Here Are The Best Ways To Help Disaster Victims

Over the past month, areas in Asia and the United States have been hit by the most devastating floods and hurricanes the planet has seen in years. Despite the wreckage, many have been eager to help. While it may seem simple enough to plan an independent search-and-rescue, it isn’t always the most efficient option. Here are the best ways you can help disaster victims.

Donations in kind may seem the most practical, but monetary donations go to much better use. This allows groups to determine exactly what is needed. Direct your funds towards general relief, which can easily be accomplished online. Do research before deciding where you want your donations to go. You want relief groups — even the big dogs — to be transparent about where the money is ending up. There are also scammers taking advantage of times like this, so be extra diligent when donating.

As with any disaster, injuries are inevitable. This is where help goes beyond your wallet. Consider providing medical assistance. Groups that accept emergency medical kits are often specific about its contents. Some of the items include insulin, asthma inhalers, and various medicines. For the non-squeamish, you can opt to participate in blood drives. Otherwise, it’s also a perfectly good opportunity to overcome your fear of needles. For all you know, a single prick can go a long way.

Because disasters are known to displace hundreds (or thousands), food banks are also a good place to start. As with most organizations, it’s best to donate money. However, you can also be involved in food drives and help out at soup kitchens. Periodically, food banks will also be affected by flooding, among other factors. Preparing meals quickly and systematically is vital.

Some groups provide aid for specific people. Find out what you can do for persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and children. This may involve direct rescues, which are best carried out in organized efforts as opposed to individual ones. Instead of scrambling to father a group, sign up with volunteer portals. This may also give your efforts more direction and help avoid ending up in random, hazardous areas.

Of course, when accounting for the entire family, it’s best to keep your four-legged member in the picture. Sadly, owners and their pets are often separated, whether by accident or deliberately. While it may be liberating to berate irresponsible pet owners, it’s better to get involved in animal rescue. Animal organizations are active in pet evacuations and also offer resources on pet-friendly housing for found pets. You can also donate to shelters or — even better — adopt a dog or cat. Other relief efforts involve the distribution of pet food and handling of the animals at shelters.

Ensuring your own safety is the most important part of giving back. Without you, there would be no chance to do so. If you feel your contributions are minuscule, remember that you are part of a larger community doing good. And, who knows? Your drop in the ocean could cause a ripple.

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