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This Week's Voices: "Man is here for the sake of other men"
December 9, 2011 by The IRC
|An American branch of the European-based International Relief Association was founded at the suggestion of Albert Einstein to assist those suffering under the Nazis. That organization would grow into today's International Rescue Committee. Photo: Library of Congress|
A word of reflection from Albert Einstein that really resonated with us on World Volunteer Day (December 5) — plus, other notable quotes touching on the work of the International Rescue Committee around the world:
“.. there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.”
“The IRC has really helped us. Otherwise, we would have lost our child. Now, I have hope and know that Lokor will grow into something good.”
- Ekitela Logiel, whose severely malnourished three-year-old daughter was treated by the IRC in drought-stricken Turkana, Kenya.
"It is so vital that children, even in situations that are hard, understand that there are things within their control and choices that they can make. IRC spaces let them know that they aren't powerless.”
“The IRC is the only global humanitarian aid organization with a team focused specifically on ending violence against women and girls.”
"This is the best country, even if sometimes it's hard. You have to be a hard worker. Our life was in trouble, we have been given hope for life."
"I love America for this reason, freedom."
"Choosing the perfect holiday gift is one of life’s greater challenges, modestly more difficult than earning a Ph.D. in astrophysics. So it is time for my annual gift guide. For starters, the Web sites of the major humanitarian organizations offer alluring holiday gifts. Through the International Rescue Committee, $30 buys a flock of chickens for a needy family."