I want to share a personal project of mine with you.
This blog- my online diary of sorts- is about travel. Duh, you knew that. Do I cherish my trips with all my being? Absolutely. I unravel bits of my identity with every corner of the world I traverse. Traveling is a beautiful thing not to be taken for granted.
Yet, as a traveler, we sometimes become so gilded by the exotic, the new, the exciting that we forget to educate ourselves on foreign parts of the world beyond the vacation bubble. What I mean by that is there is a certain duty we posses as travelers to be citizens and students of the world. Maybe Istanbul- Turkey's capital- is on your list of must see's. You know about its immaculate architecture and city scene. But did you know Turkey hosts 2.5 million refugees?
Right now, we are in the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Currently, there's 65 million people displaced around the world. These people flea their home countries due to safety concerns arriving from conflict or persecution, risking their lives in doing so.
This crisis weighs heavy on my heart. As I travel to new places, I am humbled by the thought of a refugee's travels. How is it that our travel is one of leisure and luxury when there are people around the world whose travel is defined as a mere fight for their life.
This semester, I poured my being into the refugee crisis. In tandem with my wonderful team, we created a business model to address the refugee crisis and offer relief to as many refugees as possible. It is with great excitement that I am sharing this social campaign with you, and with it, a little piece of my soul.
Next week, I take this campaign to New York City where my teammates and I will compete internationally for the One Show gold. We have been chosen as finalists, and I feel humbled beyond words.
Updates to come this week on NYC and competition.