Support to Humanitarian Purposes
To enhance humanitarian purposes means broadly speaking, to consciously
work to the benefit of other people - especially people in need and in
need of humane care.
Humanism is a new phenomenon in the history of human kind and in world
history - only a couple of 100 years old. Prior to humanism’s gain in
importance - in the end of the 1700’s, around the American war of
independence and the French revolution, the human was looked upon as a gregarious
animal, not as individuals. You had to be in the middle of the flock
because there was no space, you could not afford it and you would not be
strong enough to stand out and make an image as an individual with own
personality and own dreams.
To be in the middle of the flock was not something you chose, on the
contrary, it was an expression of necessity mirroring the hard living
conditions which were the fate of the majority of the people of the time.
Only as being a part of the flock you would have a chance.
This is still so as far as many people in the world of today are
concerned - and is still so because of need. In our western and northern
regions of the world we are well off, and each of us is an individual and
a special person that we regard ourselves to be. But the majority of the
people of the world are difficult to recognise as single individuals. They
primarily appear as a mass of people who are toiling against an all
encompassing struggle against poor conditions - a struggle for survival
and in order to better the fundamental living conditions. Often this is a
However, people’s understanding of the human being has changed lately
- during the last 30 years. Thus, the future will not be like the past. In
certain places in the world of today people have started regarding people
as people in their own right. Humanism emphasises the individual and its
right unhindered to seek happiness. Slowly but surely this view is
Thus, many people of today are humanists and have the understanding
that any person has the right to a life in safety, with safe material
conditions and with access to realise his/her potentials as a human being.
But, as the world stands today, it is hard work to be a humanist. There
is plenty to be done before all human beings who need better living
conditions actually are included and embraced by a humane atmosphere - in
spite of all good intentions and efforts.
And be it a big task to be a humanist when confronted with a person in
need, the task is even bigger when it comes to render the work which is
necessary in order to organise the world in such a way that all single
individuals actually will be able to realise a life in freedom, given
enough space and good material standards.
Poverty is a main problem on our globe - despite its many riches and
the fact that it has enough resources to create good living conditions for all its
creatures. In addition to poverty, people are experiencing natural
catastrophes, floods, typhoons, earth quakes, volcano eruptions, in
addition to the humanly created problems of war and destabilisation. Not to
mention the modern plague, HIV/AIDS, which is spreading at violent speeds
to all corners of the world and is on its way to overtake the Black Death
in numbers of dead and infected.
Consequently, there is a great demand for humanists: People who
consciously are putting their efforts into benefiting other people,
especially people in need; people who have a surplus and the will to reach
out in the world to the many who are in need of help, who need to learn
something new and who need the Munchhausenlike power to pull themselves up
by their hair. And who can only do this, if others reach out and give of
their good hearts and their surplus, and if they can acquire input in the
form of ideas, systems, structures, materials, solutions and money ... and
first and foremost in the form of human solidarity.
It is this call from the many people in the world that has caused the
Foundation to do its share under the Humanitarian objectives: to do its
share and live up to our objectives, namley that we, as contributors to
the Foundation, have been so fortunate as to grown up in wealthy
surroundings: A wealth of care and material conditions, a wealth of
education and possibilities, a wealth of all the things which many people
in the world do not have. This wealth, of which we have such a surplus, we
have seen as our duty to share, in the name of humanity, to the benefit
for the many people in the world who are in need.
The Foundation has concentrated its efforts, according to rules and
regulations, and according to a deep humantarian tradition, to support the
fight against disease, more specifially in connection with the modern
plague, HIV/AIDS - which holds a very real and extensive threat against
many people's lives, as well as for whole societies and their situation,
their future and their possibilities for progress.
In addition, the Foundation has in certain concrete emergency
situations, contributed with humantarian aid to people who through no
fault of their own have been hit by catastrophes of one kind or the other.
Both areas are decisive, and the humanitarian efforts as a result will
humanise the world. It helps to raise the individual, give him a face and
a shape, and it helps to give us who give and those who receive a sight of
what the future could look like.
The Foundation has done its duty, and contributed to making the world a
bit better than it would have been if the Foundation had not given its
support to these places.