What would you do if you were forced to leave your home?
What would you do if you were tortured and detained just because you practice a religion?
What would you do if your mother was raped by a policeman just because she went to a meeting to protest the ruling government?
I guess you would flee your country and seek asylum.
As many of you already know, on November 4th, 2018, I’m challenging myself to run New York City Marathon (26.2M) – my dream for years. With that, I wanted to take the opportunity to raise awareness to a cause that is very close to my heart and mind, the World Refugee Crisis. According to UNHCR report, today more than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution. That is one in every 110 people on our planet. Someone is displaced every two seconds.
I witnessed the refugee crisis in France and the USA while working with various NGOs that help refugees. My grandparents were internally displaced. I have refugee friends. My former boss was a refugee. As long as there are wars and persecution, there will be refugees. Their story is one of resilience, perseverance, and courage. Ours must be of solidarity, compassion, and action.
That said, I challenge myself to run 26.2 miles and challenge my friends, family, and network to help me raise $1,000 for one of the most outstanding and courageous organizations out there, the International Rescue Committee.
The International Rescue Committee is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein who was also a refugee, the IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster.
Please find it in your heart to donate and spread the word to as many people as possible. No matter how large or small, EVERY DONATION COUNTS. Thank you in advance for your generosity. God Bless you. ‘‘You will not change the World if you help somebody, but somebody's world will be changed forever.’"
*All donations go directly to IRC