We have been engaging with the philanthropic community across borders and are grateful for the growing support for ‘people on the move' through our peers. There has been an increasing number of webinars, public talks, and conference panel sessions covering the importance of re-thinking the support, addressing trauma, psychosocial, spiritual and communal wellbeing as well as ways to engage the receiving communities. We would like to express our gratitude to our grant partner The Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for their leadership throughout the process. As part of their commitment to support funders in the sector, GCIR has selected us as one of the case studies for innovative grantmaking (find the full case study here).
This edition of our newsletter covers the second part of our learning journey in the Middle East and Europe, namely Calais, France and Berlin, Germany.
We embarked on our journey as ‘The Global Whole Being Fund – Caring for Humanity on the Move’ (GWBF) two years ago. We have been going through a steep learning curve trying to grasp the complexity of the most significant forced displacement of our time. Since the Fund’s inception, we have been filling gaps within the refugee support system covering eleven countries, including the United States. Thanks to courageous and compassionate heart-led local, national, and international programs and initiatives are seeing a growing number of ways to support the holistic wellbeing of ‘people on the move’ and their host communities.
This edition of our newsletter primarily focuses on our recent learning journey in the Middle East and Mediterranean.
With more than 60 million people on the move, we are currently witnessing the largest number of displaced people around the globe. Nearly one in 100 people worldwide and six in ten Syrians are displaced from their homes. 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. In light of the current global challenges, we initiated ‘The Global Whole Being Fund – Caring for Humanity on the Move’, to support holistic ways of perceiving humanitarian work around the world.
The first newsletter showcases the first courageous and compassionate heart-led local, national, and international programs and initiatives, which we are currently supporting along with a reflection of our main insights and learning in the first year.