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Henri Dunant‘s life (May 8, 1828-October 30, 1910) is a study in contrasts. He was born into a wealthy home but died in a hospice; in middle age he juxtaposed great fame with total obscurity, and success in business with bankruptcy; in old age he was virtually exiled from the Genevan society of which he had once been an ornament and died in a lonely room, leaving a bitter testament. His passionate humanitarianism was the one constant in his life, and the Red Cross his living monument.
What can leaders learn from Henry Dunant
- Have a good foundation
- Be passionate about what you do
- Never give up
His ideas changed the world!
- 1847 co-founder of the Swiss Evangelical Alliance
- 1852 founding of the YMCA Geneva
- 1855 founding of the World Alliance of YMCAs in Paris
- 1856 founding of a colonial society in Algeria
- 1863 founding of the ICRC / Red Cross
- 1874 founding of a world library (UNESCO)
- 1897 facilitated the founding of the Green Cross (equality for women)
- 1901 awarded the first-ever Nobel Peace Prize
- 1903 awarded the honorary doctorate in medicine
I was aware that I was only an instrument in God’s hand. Henry Dunant
He discovered his calling!
His mother always invited orphans to play in their park. After they played she gave them food and cared for their physical needs. The christian faith of Henry lead him to be passionate about people left out of society.
“I was a stranger and you invited me in.” MATTHEW 25:35b
“I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” MATTHEW 25:36
- HUNGRY PEOPLE
During his life he was always around hungry people. His heart led him to care for the hungry with passion.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.” MATTHEW 25:35
His father wanted Henry to go to Napoleon to get him to sign a document for making business in Algeria. He went to the battlefield of Solferino and saw a horrifying seen. 38,000 wounded, dying and dead remained on the battlefield! No one was helping so Henry rounded up all people in the area to help with the wounded. He returned and never got Napoleon to sign the document. This got him in trouble with his father. His mother suggested that he should write a book. This is what he did. He wrote the book “A Memory of Solferino”
Henry Dunant’s sad years
Henry Dunant was harassed:
- He was excluded from the Red Cross
- He was expelled from the YMCA
- He was abandoned by his best friends
- He was avoided by his relatives
The highest acknowledgement!
After he was forgotten for 30 years and lived poor in a little mountain town his story got publicity and people sent him money. In 1897 Henry facilitated the founding of the Green Cross (equality for women). In 1901 he was awarded the first-ever Nobel Peace Prize. In 1903 he even got awarded the honorary doctorate in medicine. He never studied to be a doctor in medicine.
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me!’” MATTHEW 25:40