There are more 70.8 million refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people and 24 million displaced by weather-related disasters in 2019 alone. About 13.6 million people were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution in 2018; an average of 37,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day in 2018.
At the same time, we perceive a growing number of everyday people caring for ‘people on the move’—an umbrella term we use for refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons and migrants. ‘People on the move’ are confronted with the hardships around being forcibly expelled from their own homes and the life-threatening risks posed by the journey to find refuge. They are also typically challenged by the idea that they are unwanted—at home, in transition, and in their host societies.
Moved by the stories of people crossing multiple borders to seek refuge, we started exploring holistic ways to embrace human dignity, generosity and kindness. The Global Whole Being Fund was established two years ago and awards grants through RSF Social Finance in San Francisco, California.
Negar Tayyar, Director
Advisors to the Fund: Alan Zulch, Barbara Sargent, Jaune Evans, and Tom Sargent.