World Humanitarian Day public statement

Nairobi 19th August 2013

Celebrating the selflessness of Humanitarian Workers Worldwide

As the world marks World Humanitarian Day on August 19, Adeso recognizes all of its humanitarian staff members in Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan, many of whom work under extremely difficult conditions to help people in need.

Last year alone, we reached over 110,000 vulnerable people in Somalia by providing them with unconditional cash grants; we hope to double this number by the end of 2013. In Kenya, we supported over 17,000 people through cash for work projects and in South Sudan we worked with over 13,000 returnees by providing them with the essential skills to rebuild their future. All this would not have been possible without the support of our dedicated staff, who give their time and skills to ensure that Adeso’s projects continue to help communities overcome poverty and hunger.

Every year, humanitarian disasters cause enormous suffering to millions of people worldwide and every year, humanitarian workers risk their lives to ease this suffering and bring hope to affected communities. Today, on the tenth anniversary of World Humanitarian Day, Adeso honours all those humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or their freedom or who have been injured during the course of their vital work. We recognize the contribution of all those who continue to bring relief and assistance to millions worldwide. Adeso staff members and humanitarian aid workers everywhere, we salute you.

Media contact: Anne-Marie Schryer-Roy (Regional Communications and Advocacy Manager, Adeso); +254 727 305 525