August 19th is World Humanitarian Day. We’re honoring those who work tirelessly to promote human welfare. Take a listen to their stories, and prepare to be inspired by their dedication, intelligence, and love for other people.
Before she became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016 at the age of twenty-six, Sarah McBride struggled with the decision to come out. Four years later, McBride was one of the nationâ€™s most prominent transgender activists, walking the halls of the White House, advocating inclusive legislation, and addressing the country in the midst of a heated presidential election. Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is McBrideâ€™s story of love and loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ communityâ€™s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender. From issues like bathroom access to health care to gender in America, McBride weaves the important political and cultural milestones into a personal journey that will open hearts and change minds.Tomorrow Will Be Different
On February 14, 2018, seventeen-year-old David Hogg and his fourteen-year-old sister, Lauren, went to school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, like any normal Wednesday. That day, of course, the world changed. By the next morning, with seventeen classmates and faculty dead, they had joined the leadership of a movement to save their own lives, and the lives of all other young people in America. It’s a leadership position they did not seek, and did not want–but events gave them no choice. #NeverAgain
Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Today, Nadia’s storyâ€”as a witness to the Islamic State’s brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidiâ€”has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.The Last Girl
Thus begins the extraordinary odyssey of Julius Achon, a journey that takes a barefoot twelve-year-old boy from a village in northern Uganda to the rebel camp of the notorious Lordâ€™s Resistance Army, where he was made a boy soldier, and then, miraculously, to a career as one of the worldâ€™s foremost middle-distance runners. But when a devastating tragedy prevents Julius from pursuing the gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, he is once again set adrift and forced to forge a new path for himself, finally finding his true calling as an internationally recognized humanitarian. Today, Julius is the director of the Achon Uganda Childrenâ€™s Fund, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life in rural Uganda through access to healthcare, education, and athletics.The Boy Who Runs
From a young age, Khalida Brohi was raised to believe in the sanctity of arranged marriage. But her father refused to let her become a child bride. He was a man who believed in education, not just for himself but for his daughters, and Khalida grew up thinking she would become the first female doctor in her small village. Everything shifted for Khalida when she found out that her beloved cousin had been murdered by her uncle in a tradition known as â€śhonor killing.â€ť Her cousinâ€™s crime? She had fallen in love with a man who was not her betrothed. This moment ignited the spark in Khalida Brohi that inspired a globe-spanning career as an activist, beginning at the age of sixteen. From a tiny cement-roofed room in Karachi where she was allowed ten minutes of computer use per day, Brohi started a Facebook campaign that went viral. From there, she created a foundation focused on empowering the lives of women in rural communities through education and employment opportunities, while crucially working to change the minds of their male partners, fathers, and brothers.I Should Have Honor
At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, modelsâ€”repeat. But 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he asked himself, “What would the exact opposite of my life look like?” Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water. Today, his organization has raised over $300 million to bring clean drinking water to more than 8.2 million people around the globe.Thirst