Help children in refugee camps in Greece
Organized by: Kristina Berge Nygrd
Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by!
Please read the full story, it will be worth your time.
My name is Kristina and I`m from Norway. I got 3 lovely kids and I`m married to my best friend. I spent 3 years at the university to become a nurse, but right now I got a fulltime job at the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration. All my life I`ve though that a good education and a well payed job was important and would make me happy. Now I know that`s not true.
In January 2016 I spent a week in Greece, on the island Lesvos. I was volunteering with a Norwegian NGO called "Drop in the ocean". We were helping refugees that had crossed the Aegean sea. People fleeing from war. People like you and me who had lost their home, their family and their lives. People die every day trying to reach a safe place to be. I saw a side of life I`ve never seen before. I felt a side of life I`ve never felt before.
I`ve seen it all on the news many times, but it didn`t get to me - because it was far away from me, my life and my imagination. Sitting home in front of the television thinking “I can`t do anything about it”. That`s so wrong! You and me – we can all make a difference.
If you can’t make the journey to Greece, let me help you make a difference.
Even though it was hard and painful to see all the suffering - this journey gave me so much in return. It made me realize what life is all about. Life isn`t about being rich or have all the great material stuff. Life is about being thankful for what you got, sharing, caring and help those who is not as lucky as you. I won the lottery when I was born in Norway and it`s about time I share some of my welfare benefits with those who has lost everything in life.
My father died a few days after I got back from Greece. He was a hardworking man who spent all his life looking forward for his retirement. When he was 62 he could finally live and be a free man, he said. My father never reached his goal – he died one year before his retirement at the age of 61.
His words and his story brought me to this huge life changing decision; I`ve decided to quit my job by the end of 2016 and use my time on volunteering. Life is short and you never know when it`s all over. I want to make the most out of it and make a difference. I`m thankful for everything I got in life. I`ve a lovely family, good friends, a nice home and money to provide food and necessary things for me and my family. I`m lucky to have a husband who fully support me and he was also the one who gave me this fundraising idea.
My first project is to go back to Greece where the refugees are stuck due to closed borders, in January 2017. My heart is bleeding for the children and their families who has their life on hold. They have spent months in camps already and the future is uncertain. They will soon face the European winter and I fear it will be a disaster where many lives will end.
I`m not asking you to sponsor my trip, as I`ll be covering 100% of my own cost with my inheritance from dad. I`m asking for donations so I can make the most of my time in Greece. Your donations will go directly to the needs of the refugees: specially the children who`s loosing some of their childhood day by day. The NGO I decide to work with will inform me what the needs are and I will update during my journey.
If there are any funds left when I decide to go back home I kindly ask for permission to use them on my next project somewhere else in the world. Please feel free to give me advice where I might be needed!
Refugees live on the mercy of people who volunteer, so any and all donations will be greatly appreciated and will go a long way towards supporting this cause. Thank you so much!
- Kristina Berge Nygård