How do we change our apathy?


In 2015, I saw the innocent yet heartbreaking image of Alan Kurdi that circulated worldwide. His body washing up on the once peaceful & happy vacation shores of the Mediterranean Sea engraved a thought into my mind. That could’ve been my friends. That could’ve been my family. That could’ve been me.

As humans, we had no choice where or how we were born. I’m grateful about the fact that I get to live in a diverse, accepting and peaceful place like Canada. Yet, young adults just like me have to live through such dire and conflict-ridden situations every day. Most of us were born lucky and we share an obligation to help those who were less fortunate.

A lot of society completely neglects the bloodshed happening in Yemen or even the injustices happening in front of our eyes with the murder of Canadian indigenous women.

Together with Jason Liang, Chanya Chawla and Carlos Georgescu, we started the ambitious initiative now known as the Young Humanitarians Foundation.

We aim to be different. We strive to educate and empower youth to learn more about the world around them, through international and local affairs. I believe that we are the change-makers & humanitarians of not only tomorrow but also—today.

The Young Humanitarians Foundation is a network and a registered non-profit organization filled with young change-makers worldwide. We focus on three major pillars of change—empowerment, education, and action. With operations in 2 continents and dedicated teams, we follow, promote and lead the way for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Now, it’s your turn. Join our worldwide network, and let’s create change—together.


David He,

Founder of the young humanitarians foundation