Humanitarianism refers to acts of sympathy, kindness and compassion extended across the world and neutrally to all humans. Humanitarians offer their humanitarianism in different ways and this may be in form of selfless acts or through using their resources like money to benefit and change countries, societies and continents. Humanitarians make a difference across the world.
Famous and inspirational humanitarians include
Mother Teresa born Agness Gonxha Bojaxhiu was and is still one of the most famous inspirational humanitarians that ever lived. She demonstrated that you don’t need to be very rich to be a humanitarian. She was one of the greatest humanitarians of all times. She was a nun who had permission to serve food for the needy. She was in missionaries of charity that began in India and grew to over fifty cities in India and to thirty countries around the world. She won a Nobel Peace prize. She touched one by one. She demonstrated love for the poor. She once said “If you judge people you have no time to love them. She established and labored for Missionaries of Charity.
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for twenty seven years for his endeavors to get racial segregation abolished in South Africa. Mandela is widely known for the human rights work and activism. In his youthful years he worked in the ANC( African National Congress), which advocated for a peaceful loom to change the apartheid laws in South Africa. In 1956, he was accused with sedition for his efforts to get apartheid abolished and he was imprisoned in 1962. He was released in 1990 and he became the president of South Africa in 1994. During his years in prison word got out to the world about racism in South Africa. He is an inspirational for human right advocates around the world.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African American activist and clergyman who lead the Civil Rights Movement. He was a pastor to a church in Alabama. He advocated for non-violent methods to press forward for common rights in United States and across the world. His efforts focused on putting an end to racial isolation in America. He spearheaded the Montgomery Bus Boycott which happened in 1955 and the 1963 March in Washington, which led to the iconic I Have A Dream Speech. He won the Noble Peace Prize in 1964. He was murdered in 1968 and the legacy he left on argument for human rights lives on till now.
Norman Borlaug was born in 1914 in the State of Iowa. He was an agronomist and he developed high yield variety disease resistant wheat. He was in charge of a farming revolution that saved thousands and thousands of people from starvation. He discovered the method of wheat production was introduced to many countries e.g India, Pakistan and Mexico. Food production was increased hence lessening the toll of hunger in these countries. He promoted the green revolution across Asia and Africa.
Bill Gates who is the founder of Microsoft. He has shared his fortune through funding a number of projects and research. He has donated billions of dollars for good causes. One of his devoted causes is fighting against malaria. His foundation with his wife, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been a pillar in humanitarian work. He has received various humanitarian awards for his efforts.
Mahatma Ghandi. He was born in India and was involved in politics and was an ideological leader. He was referred to as the Father of the Nation. Mahatma Ghandi led and motivated India to independence from the British. He worked tirelessly from 1915 to 1945 to advocate for peaceful demonstration to get India to be independent from British. His attitude predisposed civil rights and freedom movements in the world. He received a Noble Peace Prize.
Gordon Moore the co-founder of INTEL and his wife Betty through their foundation have contributed over 1 billion US dollars and their time towards the goal of improving the quality of life for future generations. They have made a difference in environmental conservation, and science. He received the 2007 James C Morgan Global Humanitarian Award.
Oskar Schindler was born in 1908. He was a German industrialist who saved over one thousand Jews all the way through the Holocaust. During the year 1939, he became the owner of a huge factory and he employed Jews at his factory hence saving their lives. He used his power and the importance of the factory to protect his workers from the frequent Gestapo attacks and intimidation of deportation.