Communities around the world have been bursting with ideas of how to Share the Journey with migrants and refugees. Here are just some of the ways that communities are inspiring us to sit up, listen and take up the journey with our brothers and sisters on the move.
Caritas Ambrosiana in Milan brought tears to people’s eyes and got strangers to hug by giving them the opportunity to stare into each other’s eyes for four minutes. Invite migrants and refugees any members of your community to a My Mirror event to break down prejudice and spark empathy.
For refugees and migrants fleeing war or dealing with poverty, daily essentials for personal hygiene often become a luxury. Caritas Cyprus invites you to donate your handbag containing items such as shampoo and shower gel
People across the world are already taking the invitation to join our global pilgrimage to urge world leaders to step up and protect the rights of migrants and refugees. We will walk 40,000 miles – the circumference of the world – by 2019. Here CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales) supporters Lucy and Brad take their pilgrimage up a volcano.
Our stories and paths are different, but we are all one human family. Tell the stories of migrants and refugees through video, words and social media or learn about them to understand their journey and how many of us share the same hopes and dreams.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” The Share the Journey bottle by Caritas Lodi has a double purpose: buy it and support migrants and refugees and also have a refillable bottle on hand to avoid buying plastic.
Caritas Japan have produced a roll-out pen which means that wherever you are, whatever you do, you can always spread the Share the Journey message to those you meet.
Our feet bear the brunt of the journey, treat them well.Love your neighbour by investing in a pair of ethical trade Share the Journey socks. Catholic Relief Services teamed up with Maggie’s Organics to raise money for their migrant and refugee programmes. Try them here:
The Share the Journey campaign wants to challenge people’s perceptions about migration because not all we see and hear is correct. For example, 8 out of ten of the top refugee hosting countries are in Africa (UNHCR) Challenge people’s perceptions through video interviews with migrants and experts:
Understanding more about migration brings us closer to our brothers and sisters who have fled their homes. Catholic Charities of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA came together with other faith-based organisations to host a film event on forced migration in. “Breathe Free” showed how and why people are fleeing war, violence and persecution.