Humanity First formally originated as a registered charity in 1994 in the United Kingdom. Since its inception, Humanity First has responded to several disasters and served hundreds of thousands of victims in various affected communities. Soon after its establishment, the organization’s scope of operations expanded beyond disaster relief to several sustainable human development projects and initiatives around the world. Around 2000, Humanity First began to focus on long term projects dedicated to health care, education, water, vocational training, and care of orphans. At the same time, Humanity First began to grow its organic operations across sub-Saharan Africa, northern Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, South Asia, and Australia.
Today, Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across six continents and is actively working on projects in 46 countries. Its operations are primarily funded by grassroots donations from individuals, corporate gift matching, and various other grants. The dedicated workers, who bring their professional industry experience to the benefit of the affected communities are the force behind Humanity. In addition, as a non-profit organization, it is able to leverage preferential rates for relief equipment, logistics, and other needed supplies, benefiting from global sourcing.