International Humanité, a program that promotes education and provides emotional assistance to children living in developing countries, was all started by an individual woman with a passion for humanitarianism.
Jade Owhadi, founder of the organization, studied International Humanitarian Affairs in her undergraduate years. She also obtained her teaching license for the French and English languages, while receiving certification to be a Birth Doula.
After working 5 years in the humanitarian filed, she decided to expand her passion and reach out the volunteers and donors that have the same interest in promoting welfare. Her zest for improving the lives of those who don’t share the same luxuries or necessities drove her to creating International Humanité.
According to the website, there are projects happening in Vietnam, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia. Vietnam was the first site for the program, where the focus is centered on orphans who have been abandoned, especially because they have a disability. The orphans are also victims of Agent Orange which is “a toxic herbicide that was created by Monsanto, and used by the military during the Vietnam War between the years of 1961 and 1971.”
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The Khmer Rouge Genocide💔🇰🇭 In 1975, the Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia,and for four years, almost 1.8 million people were brutally tortured and killed. Their goal was to turn the country into a “communist utopia”. They targeted the intellectuals, such as monks, teachers, artists, scientists, the wealthy, and basically anyone they suspected to be of opposition to their movement. @veneeshavenea and I spent the day at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which served as the prison the Khmer Rouge used to torture people during their reign. I can’t even begin to fully describe the emotions we felt there. Walking in these rooms where so many suffered was unbearable, as empaths we could feel the pain their poor souls endured. We met two survivors from the prison (only seven survived), who shared their stories with us and we broke down. Bou Meng, in the first picture, is a painter, who was brutally tortured for months, and his wife was beheaded in the killing fields. For months he was tied to other people in a small room, without food or water, or access to a bathroom. They would whip him, then pour salt water on him. Our hearts break for this country and what the people have had to endure. This happened less than 50 years ago, and the country is struggling to recover from this trauma. People here live under extreme poverty, and lack education because most of the intellectuals were murdered during the genocide, which leads to horrendous cases of child and sex trafficking, along with massive corruption at all levels. #cambodiagenocide #khmerrougegenocide #awareness When will humans wake up and learn from the horrors of history? Let’s learn to love one another, and respect and appreciate that our differences make us whole 💕. Tolerance, love, and acceptance is desperately needed.
The project in Cambodia started with the founder meeting a victim of human trafficking, and the children in Sierra Leone are living in a rural area where the parents struggle to afford the children’s education and daily necessities.
The current pandemic has affected much of the financial assistance to the areas as most of it comes from tourism. Currently Cambodia requires visitors to pay a $3,000 travel deposit before entering the country. Vietnam and Sierra Leone are all at a level 3 according to the CDC, which urge Americans to reconsider traveling to the countries due to COVID-19.
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This poor little boy became disabled at the age of 2 when he went to go fetch some water in town and a bike ran over his head 😡😞… The teachers and workers at the treasure center are doing a wonderful job with him though, they told him he would never be able to walk or talk again but he is slowly learning to do both and progressing tremendously! They need volunteers and supplies to make sure they can keep the school running, they are extremely understaffed and lack supplies (and water like most parts of Bamenda), the link to help With donations is in my bio and if you'd be interested in going there to help please reach out to me on here!
International Humanité is seeking donations of any kind since volunteering is uncertain at the moment. During a time where society seems more divisive than before, Jade Owhadi’s humanitarian work adds to improving the globalized world we live in.