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World Humanitarian Day

20 years ago, this flag was recovered following the bombing of the @UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. On #WorldHumanitarianDay, we thank all aid workers across the globe who stay and deliver #NoMatterWhat, and honour those killed and injured in the line of duty.

Saturday August 19th is World Humanitarian Day. Initiated by the United Nations in 2009, World Humanitarian Day honors humanitarians who sacrificed their own well-being and safety to ensure the success of humanitarian efforts.

According to UN data, approximately 250 million people will require humanitarian assistance this year. Thousands of humanitarian workers will step up to assist and support these vulnerable populations affected by crises, disasters, or conflicts. This work takes a toll on humanitarian staff working in the field. Headington Institute’s mission is to support staff working in these high-stress and high-risk situations to stay resilient with vital mental health so they can continue to serve the families, children, women, and communities that need their support the most.

At Headington Institute, we see the impact humanitarian responses make on staff firsthand. This year alone, we were active in 58 countries and supported organizations in several major humanitarian actions, including those that: 

  • Responded to the earthquakes in Syria and Turkey;
  • Provided support to mental health staff working throughout Ukraine;
  • Rescued refugees in the Mediterranean Sea.

We are receiving more requests from organizations that need our support. Many do not have the funds to access counseling services that are vital to building resilient humanitarians. We are committed to finding a way to support the humanitarian staff at organizations around the world, #NoMatterWhat.


How to Help 

The Bosch Counseling Fund was established by one of the longest-serving Headington psychologists, Dr. Donald S. Bosch, to provide counseling to active humanitarian staff in crisis—who otherwise would be unable to access support services. Historically, when members of our staff and clinical team make gifts to Headington Institute, their gifts support this fund as a demonstration of our commitment to ensuring help is always available to those who need it.

In honor of World Humanitarian Day and all those active around the world who need our support, affirmation, and care, would you consider making a gift to the Bosch Counseling Fund? A gift made to the Bosch Counseling Fund is used exclusively to provide counseling to those who otherwise could not afford to access the care necessary to continue their humanitarian work.



This week, we will be sharing more information about World Humanitarian Day and the state of the humanitarian movement on our social media. Make sure to follow us on Linkedin and Facebook to learn more!

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