“Volunteers are the heartbeat that have allowed HFUSA to thrive everyday and every year for nearly 20 years. Thank you to all HFUSA volunteers now and for years to come.” ~Munum Naeem, Humanity First USA Executive Director
“In November 2019, 10 babies came to dinner. It was the one-year anniversary dinner for Nasir Hospital in Guatemala. We invited all the babies born during the first year of operations (and their parents, of course) to come together. When we took a group picture, I felt like it was a celebration of life and blessings for the hospital for years to come.”
Majid Khan has been a driver behind each and every aspect of the design, construction, staffing, operations, fundraising, and expansion of Nasir Hospital. It is the moments when patients ask to meet him that are incomparably rewarding. “Last month, a girl born at Nasir Hospital during COVID came to visit. She held out her finger to me to take a short walk in the gardens. I am so humbled by her family’s trust in us to bring their beautiful girl into the world at Nasir Hospital.”
~Majid Khan: HFUSA volunteer since 2015 and current President of HF Healthcare Services, an HFUSA subsidiary.
Over the past 10 years, nearly 100 Humanity First USA volunteers have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). In 2021, this included 12 volunteers who received a Lifetime award for over 4000 hours of service to HFUSA!
“In Florida, there are only two seasons: summer and hurricane season. My first volunteer experience with Humanity First was in response to the natural disasters that hit the East Coast. Years later, I established the Humanity First Student Organization (HFSO) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The HFSO grew to over 100 members who responded to disasters in the local community, served dinners at Ronald McDonald House through the Food Security program, raised funds for the Water for Life program through Bob Ross-style painting events, and joined medical mission trips to Nasir Hospital in Guatemala.”
Rabeea had become the Executive Director of the Humanity First Student Division (HFSD) and was leading its national growth at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic closed schools but actually united the HFSD more than ever before. We collaborated with HF-USA and a student team to host monthly national webinars highlighting the needs of our communities. As a result, HFSOs were connected and inspired to assemble care kits and raise thousands of dollars individually and through the first-ever National HFSD Webithon. In the absence of in-person classes, HFSD leaders established “The Education Project”, to tutor students nationwide. The inspiring stories and long-term impacts of these initiatives during the school shutdown are a testament to the positive impact that students can make in times of crisis.”
“I believe that the true reward of service lies in the positive change that we can make in the lives of people in need, and the opportunities we can create for young people to serve humanity. I have been inspired by the tireless efforts of the organization in providing relief to those in need, and it has ignited a desire within me to pursue a medical career that allows me to continue serving humanity in a meaningful way. I am grateful to have found my calling through this amazing organization.”
~Rabeea Summer Rehman, HF volunteer since 2015, past Humanity First Student Division Executive Director and founder of University of Central Florida Humanity First Student Organization