Since our inception in early 2016, we have been focusing our grantmaking along the route from the Middle East to Europe. Additionally, we have been providing field building grants to other parts of the world, e.g., U.S., Ecuador, Chad, Malaysia, and Tanzania. In the interim we have begun exploring other migratory routes across the globe, including the Venezuelan movement as well as the flow through Central America to the U.S. Southwest border. In this fifth edition of our newsletter we reflect on the similarities we are observing between people on the move in the Americas and Europe, affirming the importance of locally rooted and globally held civic initiatives.
‘The Global Whole Being Fund – Caring for Humanity on the Move’ (GWBF) has continued to fill gaps within the refugee support system in selected locations across the globe. Human flow continues to increase globally. At the time of our inception the migration route from the Middle East to Europe was the largest movement of people crossing borders in search for a sanctuary. Three years later, we are seeing two more significant humanitarian crises affecting Rohingyas and Venezuelans. This edition of our newsletter covers our recent learning journey to San José de Cúcuta (short Cúcuta), the capital of Norte de Santander department in Colombia, which borders Venezuela.
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. 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. 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.