For the past nine months we have been working around Europe, supporting life saving projects which help refugees who are running from war, persecution and terror to survive their perilous journey, and to make their stays in the often appalling refugee camps a little bit more bearable. From shelters, to boat rescues, to food, to children’s services, we have been working round the clock to do what we can to alleviate the suffering of refugees.
None of this would have been possible without your support, and that of an incredible group of women who came into our lives 6 months ago. From across the pond, a collective of amazing American women reached out to us and asked a very simple question – how can we help?
We answered – we need funds, a lot of them. And fast.
The Compassion Collective was born, and an unbreakable Transatlantic partnership (and friendship) began. Mobilising their large network of friends and influencers, the Compassion Collective manage to raise invaluable funds which have allowed us to continue our work on the ground, and that of the myriad of projects and grassroots groups we fund across Europe.
Without them, we would never have achieved what we have today – thousands of people would not have been fed, clothed and shown compassion in the way that they have.
Today they launch a new initiative, raising much needed funds once again for Help Refugees, and for another charity of their choice. We are so incredibly grateful for their ongoing support.
We invite you to visit their website, to learn a little about these amazing women who have never stopped asking us “how can we help?” and to consider donating and spreading the word far and wide.
On a personal note, we also want to thank Amy, Glennon, Elizabeth, and the rest of the Compassion Collective for their never ending efforts to tirelessly support and show compassion to refugees worldwide.
Thank you, the Help Refugees team.
From the Compassion Collective –
Friends, it’s time to update you on The Compassion Collective and our work to care for refugees in Europe. All the stories you are about to read — stories about the lives saved, the people fed, the shelter given—they can only be told because of you. You are the ones doing this. The gratitude that everyone connected with this work has for you is without measure.
The situation for our refugees is worse now than it was in the fall. Borders have closed. Food is running out. Babies are dying. Parents are desperate. The evil the refugees are running from is real and it remains. When you look at the videos and the pictures you are about to see, please remember that these are people like us who once had homes and jobs, whose children went to school, who had dreams of the future and who desperately want to go home. This is what the refugees are saying—The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was leave my country. I wish more than anything I had a home to bring my children back to.
We are strong enough to handle this. Let us remember what we know: We Can Do Hard Things and There is No Such Thing as Other People’s Children. We can look straight at this crisis and not look away, because bringing light into darkness is what we were made to do. We were born for this.
To read the stories of people and projects Help Refugees and The Compassion Collective have helped click here: http://momastery.com/blog/2016/04/27/love-revolution/
For more about how you can get involved please go to: www.thecompassioncollective.org
We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.
Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!