“My Humanity is bound up in yours for we can only be human together.” – Desmond Tutu
ROAM was recently contacted by Humanity Unified International, a non-profit dedicated to empowering communities to rise out of poverty through education, food security projects and economic opportunities, starting by investing in women.
The charity has created this stunning video telling us the story of the organisation. We’re so happy to share this with you.
We spoke to founder and executive director, Maria Russo, about the formation of Humanity Unified and where they hope to take the organisation.
What led to the formation of Humanity Unified? Was it a particular event or trip?
My husband Anthony and I are a creative team (photographer/writer) and through many years of traveling to different countries around the world, we were inspired to serve others in a way that would be woven into our lives. Travel opens your eyes to both the beauty and injustice that pervades the planet and we wanted to do our part in contributing to the beauty. The work we do through Humanity Unified, helps us stay focused on the things that truly matter in life: love, compassion and service to others.
What do you hope to achieve in the coming years with the organisation?
Our hope is that through the programs we facilitate, more people learn their basic human rights and start to think and question their situation. Change and greatness come from within and it usually starts with the knowledge that we as individuals have the power to change our circumstances. The goal is to create programs that allow people to see the opportunity – no matter how bleak the circumstances may be – in every situation and to use the programs we facilitate as a means to lift themselves out of poverty.
Make sure you check out Humanity Unified’s website for more information on the organisation.
Athena Mellor is a writer, linguist and co-founder of ROAM Magazine. Her passion for travel lies in that which keeps you on the move – hiking, cycle-touring, road-tripping. After graduating from University College London with a degree in Modern Languages, Athena decided to spend 4 months solo cycle-touring around parts of the USA and New Zealand, before returning to the USA to explore more of California, Oregon and Washington. She shoots on a Pentax MX 35mm film camera and is constantly trying to learn new languages on her travels, also working as a freelance translator. She is based in Yorkshire, England.