Do One Thing for Diversity & Inclusion
21 May is the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day gives us an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.
Around the world, people are invited to DO ONE THING FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION on May 21st every year. This campaign was launched by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).It is a day to celebrate diversity and dialogue. This campaign raises awareness about the importance of intercultural dialogue in order to improve understanding among people from different cultures. People and organizations around the world are encouraged to commit to supporting diversity with real and everyday gestures.
As the world becomes increasingly globalised, we find ourselves interacting and living in very diverse communities. I personally have friends with very diverse backgrounds, religions, cultures, races and worldviews. The great thing about diversity is that it opens up our worlds to other experiences that we would not have had in our own little bubbles. I have always been a strong advocate for unity in diversity. I believe our differences make up the beautiful tapestry of our world and experiences.
This year, I have decided to DO ONE THING FOR DIVERSITY in the form of a hike on 13 June 2015 to raise funds for 3 refugee families. Two of the families are from East Africa and on is from Central Africa. They all fled their countries and presently live in South Africa. I met them during my time in South Africa and through volunteer activities at the Refugee Aid Organization. Their stories of their plight that led them to seek refuge in a foreign country under very hard circumstances touched me. Communication was a barrier as they spoke in French and Arabic. But the human spirit is amazing and from these families I learned what resilience means and the lengths that parents would go to protect their children and try to give them a better life than they had. These people were not born refugees. They are just like me and you but have unfortunately fallen into hard situations. The fact that they are from East Africa or Central Africa should not be a reason for hatred to be thrown at them.
I have kept in touch with most of the families I connected with during that time. I recently learned with dismay that these 3 families were affected by the spate of xenophobic attacks that happened in different parts of South Africa. Many people were affected of course and in a perfect world, I would fundraise for more families. However it is not a perfect world and for now I will do what I can with your help.
All funds raised will be acknowledged and used to pay school fees for 7 children for the rest of the year, purchase school uniforms, winter clothes and blankets, school supplies to be distributed among the families.
*If more money is raised than expected, the rest will be handed to the Refugee Aid Organization as a donation to help refugee children.
My do one thing for diversity deed will be hiking up a summit in Zimbabwe this June. I am an active person and have hiked a few hills and such. This will be the biggest summit I have done and it ill be in honor of these African brothers and sisters who have suffered to create a better life for themselves.
A link to my crowdfunding campaign will be available soon!
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