Inauguration of TRAINING CENTRE & FOOD BANK
By Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Khalifatul Masih V aa
July 15th, 2012
Humanity First provides humanitarian aid to implement self sustaining development. Our mission is to serve disaster struck and socially disadvantaged individuals and families in the poorer communities of the world. Humanity First is registered in 34 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1995. Over 93% of donated funds are spent directly on aid projects. With the majority of our labour being volunteers, Humanity First is able to deliver a value of aid many times the value of donations provided.
On July 15th, 2012, Humanity First Canada moved into their new national office â€“ a training center and food bank facility at 600 Bowes Rd., Concord, Ontario. The facility was inaugurated by His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V aa. The new office has room for many of Humanity First Canadaâ€™s local programs, including facilities such as classrooms, large storage area, training rooms, computer labs, and also offices for administration, marketing, finance, etc. The following is a compilation of photographs from this historic inauguration.
In 1993, during the growing crisis in Bosnia at the time of war Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad ra, the fourth caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community founded a relief organization by the name of Humanity First, with the mission to help ease the suffering and create a sustainable future for the victims of war, aggression, famine and natural disaster, without discrimination of race, religion, color or creed. His vision of Humanity First was to selflessly serve mankind, and guided by his prayers Humanity First has done just this . From Europe to Africa, Humanity First has extended its operations to 34 countries today, and is actively working and growing every day.
His Holinessaa Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad unveils the Inauguration Plaque
Final preparations take place moments before the arrival of His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaa 6
His Holinessaa Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurates the Humanity First Office Training Center and Food Bank with prayers. 7
Guests from many countries who attended the inauguration are waiting for the arrival of His Holinessaa
His Holinessaa took a tour of the new facility. He inspected the food bank, office areas, and training facility.
The Canadian Minister of International Cooperation and Development, The Honorable Julian Fantino also attended the inauguration of the new Humanity First office.
Minister Julian Fantino presented a certificate to Humanity First for its accomplishments and contribution to the community.
His Holinessaa tours the administration and marketing offices.
Humanity First Canada volunteers patiently waiting for the arrival of His Holinessaa
His Holinessaa inspects the Food Bank 13
The new Humanity First food bank has plenty of room to sort and store donated items, food and disaster relief supplies. 14
His Holinessaa inspects the Food Bank 15
His Holinessaa giving instructions about Humanity First
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaa signs the guest book
His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaa signs the guest book and writes a prayer for the success of Humanity First.
Volunteers having an audience with His Holiness
His Holinessaa also planted a tree at the front of the office.
A delicious barbeque luncheon was prepared for all of the guests who attended the event 23
Guests enjoying the barbeque lunch, after the inauguration ceremony
A view of the guests who attended the inauguration
Volunteers of the Hospitality team in a group picture with Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaa 26
Message of His Holinessaa for Humanity First Canada 27
Canadian Headquarters – Training Centre – Food Bank
Inaugurated by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Khalifatul Masih Vaa on July 15th, 2012
600 Bowes Rd. #40, Concord, Ontario, L4K 4A3, Canada – Tel: 416-440-0346