This is a tough topic for me, and once you read this post, I suspect it will be just as tough for you. But this is real, factual information combined with simple every day gives, will support the lives of refugees found all over the world. Read on and see why it is important to give on World Refugee Day June 20th
Every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. Over 68 million people have been displaced from their homes by war, and violence. The numbers are the shocking reality of our world. A human-made disaster created by separation because of race, religion, nationality, and political opinion. As a human race we have forgotten one very important fact about our world.
We are all people – human beings sharing one planet. When one suffers we all suffer. World Refugee Day marks a day that we can all come together with compassion and an open heart to give to the most vulnerable people in our world human being to human being.
Inside My Heart was produced by Frank Giustra, Serge Lalou and Richard Copans supported by The Giustra Foundation with an aim of bridging the distance between those living comfortably in their country, in their homes of choice and those forced to flee their homes in search of peace, stability and happiness.
The film is a “fly on the wall” approach stepping into the lives of families to see and feel what life is like when you have lost everything. They are you and I – mothers, fathers brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles. They work hard, they go to school, they play – they even have a pet dog or cat. And all of a sudden, it’s taken away and they are running for their lives.
Frank Giustra initiated this film as he was personally touched so deeply by the human suffering he witnessed firsthand in refugee camps in Greece, Turkey, Jordon and Lebanon. The idea behind and goal of the film is to touch your heart and educate your mind so we can create change today and for generations to come. It starts with one but will take many to stand together to create the change and support that is truly needed.
Ask yourself this today. What if this was you? Your family? The reality is it could be anyone of us in any place in the world as our leaders fight for control, fight for resources, and fight for power. But we believe change is possible. We believe in the power of coming together with compassion, kindness, with a hand held out to help whenever and where ever is needed every day. There is hope when we open our hearts and minds as these children have below.
These children teach us all a lesson about opening our hearts, sharing our collective voice and welcoming people from all walks of life into a country they love – Canada. Imagine if we all opened our hearts and arms like these children have giving hope, friendship and love when people they need it the most.
Let’s learn from the voices of our children and today on World Refugee Day find your way to give. We can’t all go out and make a film or donate millions of dollars but we can all give in small ways to support those that need us the most.
1) Learn / Educate / Give
Inside My Heart gives us the opportunity to teach the next generation about the challenges in the world and listen to their ideas on how we can work towards positive change. When we teach our children compassion, empathy and giving this will connect them to the world and empower them to create the change our world needs today. The Giustra Foundation has made Inside My Heart available for everyone including schools, community groups, or private screenings – along with a Discussion Guide and Educators Toolkit at no cost.
Your give is to invite your community to a local screening and ask for a small donation that support refugees around the world (see give #2 for a list of organizations)
Every dollar counts. Even $1.00. Make a donation to any of these programs that provide direct aid to refugees around the world.
Save The Children is a registered charity present in 120 countries around the world with children as their focus. “We do whatever it takes to save children, transforming their lives and the future we share.”
UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency – This agency’s main focus is to provide shelter, protection and non -food items such as medicine, hygiene kits and sleeping bags to refugees. The UNHCR works with the cooperation of “21 International and National NGO Partners.”
3) Sign a Petition
Stayed informed and send a clear message along with thousands (let’s make it millions) that we want to see it all change. We Stand #WithRefugees. Let the world know we are standing together. Sign this petition and be part of the change for everyone.
4) Open Your Arms and Front Doors
When you hear people are coming to your neighbourhood open your arms and welcome them in. Provide supplies they may need, resources that will help get them settled. Most of all be a friend and extended family as they settle into their whole new world and life.
June 20th may be World Refugee Day but it’s happening every day around our world to fellow human beings. Put these giving ideas on your 365give list so you remember these people gives. Sign up for your free 365give membership today and we will get you started giving every day. Lets us cheer you on as we change the world together 1 give, 1 day at a time.