Hope Through Education Refugee Trip
Organized by: Judy Pham
October 13, 2016
Let's help! I'm reaching out to see if you would like to contribute and help provide urgently needed emergency supplies as well as education for refugees. Starting this Labor Day weekend I kick off a 10-day trip in Greece to Thessaloniki and Athens to volunteer at the camps and shelters.
The global refugee crisis is the worst since WWII and since April over 60 million people have been displaced, 20 million of whom are refugees, who are on the move and most likely will be displaced for quite some time. I believe we all know the current magnitude of the situation; I know some of you are working with elected officials, while others are raising awareness. I'm hoping during this upcoming visit to Greece that we can work in a more direct, hands-on way. I want to take this opportunity to allow us to help more personally so that we can see the emotional difference we make in these peoples' lives that is so greatly appreciated as they are trying to find a place they can call home.
I will arrive at Thessaloniki where I will meet my good friend Josh, to assist in teaching English, distributing food and clothing, and helping to transport volunteers and supplies as needed at the camps. After Sept 7th I will go to Athens to work at the shelter and help set up a classroom where girls at the center will get a year’s worth of education to help them assimilate at their next destination.
Your money will go directly to school supplies, food, car rentals, gas, and clothing that will help with the basic necessities and education of the families and children.
Since March, Josh has been graciously volunteering his time. Reading about his experiences you get a first hand look at the lives of the people in Greece: "As a volunteer, it's heartbreaking to see the daily struggles that these people go through from basic human needs such as food, clothing, and shelter, to the emotional weight of the hate, hostility, and violence that they have to endure. Despite these struggles I've witnessed the heart and bravery of these people and the resilience of their children. I'm fortunate enough to be in a position to help for a couple weeks at a time and try to sustain their hope of finding a better life. There's a lot to be done. In the end, they're our brothers and sisters, and despite our religious differences, the issue isn't a religious one, it's a human one."
I feel privileged to be able to join Josh in assisting, and will personally ensure that all funds raised will go directly to helping refugees. We listed a starting fundraising goal, but really any amount will be greatly appreciated by these families. Let's contribute to something that extends past ourselves, families and communities - let's contribute to humanity.
p.s. To keep you updated we'll be posting photos and will share the results of your contribution on www.travelinggold.com. Stay tuned!