Volunteering

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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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

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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6
Mar

4 Life Lessons I learned from Refugees

Originally posted on Embrace the Wonder and Thrive Global It was September 2015 when my family and I traveled to Bodrum, Turkey to volunteer at one of the most critical times during the Syrian Refugee crisis. At this point I knew close to nothing about the realities and truths of the seemingly endless war in Syria and the struggles of

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6
Mar

Empowering Girls to Live Up to their Full Potential in a Refugee Camp

Originally posted on Dandelion Moms and Embrace the Wonder In honor of International Women’s Day 2 weeks ago, this post is dedicated to all the Women and Girls who are working hard everyday and are persevering to have equal rights and opportunities. While volunteering in the refugee camp of Piraeus in Athens Greece, I noticed many teenage boys did not

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