August 19th marks the United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day. Beginning in 2009, World Humanitarian Day has become a day to celebrate and recognize all humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.
This day was designated from the efforts of the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Foundation and his family working closely with the Ambassadors of France, Switzerland, Japan and Brazil. Sérgio Vieira de Mello dedicated his lifetime, over 30 years, to the United Nations. He served in some of the most challenging humanitarian situations in the world to reach the voiceless victims. He died, along with 21 colleagues, on August 19, 2003 in Baghdad creating a loss of a great humanitarian leader.
With his legacy in mind, the Vieira de Mello family and friends founded the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation to continue his unfinished humanitarian mission to create and encourage dialogue between communities and victims of humanitarian crises. The Foundation sees World Humanitarian Day as a tribute to all humanitarian personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifices to make the world a better place for all victims of humanitarian crises and to encourage all those working to aspire to even greater heights in accomplishing their goals.
For over 25 years, DEPDC/GMS has worked for humanitarian causes. Providing education, training, protection and rehabilitation for those women and children who are at-risk of being exploited or trafficked, our founder Mr. Sompop Jantraka is a man much like Sergio Vieira de Mello. If you would like to join Mr. Sompop and the DEPDC team on this humanitarian mission, please visit our Volunteer Information page for information on our volunteer positions and how to apply.