The Hurricane season has started off not so good. Category 5, after Category 5 hurricanes keep popping up and making their way through populated areas. We had Hurricane Harvey nearly destroy the southern part of TX. Then we just had Hurricane Irma wreaking Havoc. Now we have Hurricane Maria tearing up Puerto Rico. When it comes to back to back to back natural disasters, we like to keep our ears to the ground on what sort of humanitarian efforts are taking place.
We saw a popular NFL player, J.J. Watt, raised over 37 Million dollars in Harvey relief. That is crazy! What a great way to leverage his brand popularity to help with humanitarian effort. Unlike other NFL athlete’s who’d rather sit during our national anthem in “protest”, this celebrity actually made and is making a huge difference in lives in the southern Texas landscape.
The devastation from Hurricane Irma is widespread. Some areas, like St. Thomas in the Bahamas got absolutely destroyed. I know the Red Cross and some other humanitarian type agencies are involved all the way from the Bahamas to Florida. I saw a story where one family evacuated the Bahamas to Puerto Rico, lost everything in Irma and is now currently trying to survive Maria in Puerto Rico!
This particular family’s friends have started a gofundme page. Gofundme is a tool to automate the web design of a donation page. From that Gofund me page, this family will hopefully be able to get back on their feet. Not only them, but the 100s of thousands affected by these vicious storms.
Between JJ Watts unselfish act, random cruise liners helping offload St Thomas residents, to the troops activated and deployed, it’s great to see humans coming together for the greater good of the species.
We’ve all seen photographs of starving children. It breaks our heart. We’ve all seen the commercials with Sara McLachLand singing “arms of the angel’ in the background as sad images of animals are portrayed. By utilizing powerful images, people are striking at the core of your morality and empathy. I was talking with a friend who is a photographer for a wilmington nc aerial photography firm, and she explained why she got started as a photographer, “I wanted to use my camera to capture and keep happy moments for people, there is enough pain in the world” she stated. I couldn’t agree more, but I also respect photography used to stir emotion and cause us to take a second look at humanitarian efforts. Photographers travel to the ends of the earth, sometimes combat zones, and others 3rd world, disease and starvation ridden places, to take their camera point and shoot. Capturing emotions and stirring emotions, and highlighting important things that we all take for granted. I appreciate the power of photography!
We’d like to thank our partners we’ve picked up along the way. From everyone who was focused on web design and digital marketing, to the professional photographer and not to forget the Roosevelt institute. 1000s of people involved with 100s of thousands of lives changed for the better. The future looks much brighter for our kids! We are going to start writing in our blog regularly, so you can stay tuned for more informative,up to date blog posts! To think that on Dec 10th, in 1998 – the 50th Anniversary of the UDHR – men, women, boys and girls came together in cities across America to discus the importance of this declaration to their own communities and how that fit into a global space. We appreciate everyone who showed up all those years ago! Enjoy this video below that breaks down the 30 articles of the declaration: