Activism

18
Mar

How Compassion Can Change the World

Why is it that in our day and age, even though we can feel so connected through the internet and social media, there is still so much divide? Things like racism, Islamophobia, or homophobia are still so prevalent in our world even though now more than ever we have access to so much information and stories.  Too many people are

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16
Mar

Reflections of Syria Through the Eyes of a Refugee

After volunteering for four months in Greece with refugees, I found a deep love for the Syrian people and the Syria they once knew before the war. Here is a poetic reflection on the Syria of the past, the reality of the refugee crisis, and the hopes they have for their future.  Oh Syria, The stories I hear reflect beauty

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16
Mar

Honoring Aylan Kurdi – A Memory of Hope and Tragedy in Turkey

Tragic. Heart-breaking. Inspiring. These are all words that describe my experience visiting the beach where Aylan and Galip Kurdi were found. This sad event was a wake up call for the European powers and for the world. it symbolizes more than just the refugees’ plight to safety, but the incapabilities of Europe to take action.  I can still remember the day

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16
Mar

Kids are Kids – A Chat With Afghan Refugee Kids In Greece

No matter what part of the planet we come from, the language we speak, or the way that we pray, we all are dreaming of a beautiful life and achieving our dreams. While volunteering in Athens, Greece we asked some Afghan refugee boys to tell us about themselves and their dreams. We realized that it doesn’t matter the differences that

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7
Mar

The Power of Stories – How We Can Create Peace and Understanding Through Storytelling

Storytelling has been at the heart of our civilizations since the very beginning of our human existence. It was how our ancestors learned to survive and evolve in this world and the way they understood their own identity within their tribe or people. Throughout all of history, different cultures have told the stories of their ancestors and the tales of the

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6
Mar

What About the Future of Our World?

What of the future of our world? What of the environment, the animals and the oceans we will pass to our descendants? What of the example we are being for our children? What legacy are we leaving behind if we continue in this way? A majority of the people of the world subconsciously shut out the idea of climate change,

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6
Mar

The True Meaning of Kindness and Friendship – Volunteering With Syrian Refugees in Greece

Kindness is love manifested in its simplest form. It is the smallest of acts that can sometimes create the biggest ripples in our very being. Humanity as a whole depends on these acts to survive, it is what gets us through our darkest days when we can’t see a way out. I once knew a little Syrian girl who had

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6
Mar

5 Lessons To Teach the Girls of the Future Generations

We know that the little girls of today will become the leaders of tomorrow. How do we want to raise them? How do we want them to grow up perceiving the world and themselves? I believe that we need a shift in our society of what we are teaching our young girls and how they go out into the world.

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6
Mar

We The Generation – A Poem of Youth Making A Change

A poem dedicated to all of the people of this generation and the generations to come who will make this world a better place!  We, the generation to stand stronger against hate. We the generation to remember our place as leaders of this world , where every boy and girl has the right to be heard. We the people to

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6
Mar

Finding the True Meaning of Happiness in a Refugee Camp

Originally posted on Embrace the Wonder and Kids Unite 4 Hope When I first started volunteering at the Piraeus refugee camp, I never expected that I would be changed so much. I never could have imagined how much of an impact these experiences would have on my life. Each and every day when I was volunteering, I saw acts of

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