I have been home from my last stint volunteering overseas for two months now and I still haven't written a darn thing. Actually, I didn't write much at all while I was in Lebanon this past trip compared to my first two jaunts overseas to volunteer. Back then I wrote daily for my friends on … Continue reading I Suck at Blogging
My book is on Amazon! It is now available in most countries. Please let all your friends know, and have them write book reviews, as more reviews as better it sells. All money raised will go to my humanitarian efforts at home and abroad. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MUA95AL https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUA95AL/ https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01MUA95AL https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MUA95AL and at Amazon France, Spain, Italy, Mexico, … Continue reading Helping Refugees on a Greek Island: How Volunteers Make a Difference
“Happy New Year from the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon!!!
Most of us wish for a happy, healthy and prosperous year and it is ever more important here. Syrian families displaced by war wish for peace and wonder about when the day comes that the war is over if they will have a place to go back to.”
For the last two years, Canadian volunteer Charmaine Craig helped war refugees in Greece. This winter she went to Lebanon were huge tent cities house hundred-thousands of Syrian people, who lost their homes, jobs, schools and often many family members to this five-year war. The have to live in tents in the middle of winter!
***This upcoming eBook is intended to raise funds to help families
and to provide them with food and warmth. It shows how volunteers
helped stranded war refugees on the island of Kos, in Greece***
“Families live in…
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This is a photo montage made with photos I took while volunteering in Greece and Lebanon helping with the refugee crisis. I cannot express what that experience has meant to me. I have met and developed great friendships with the most incredible people from the beautiful, generous volunteers from all over the world to the … Continue reading Together We Can Change The World
Have you ever had someone ignore you because of your background? Have you ever had someone look at you with disdain because of who you are? Have you ever been treated with total disrespect because of where you come from? I haven't had much experience with racism. I grew up in a multicultural community. My … Continue reading Me, My Dad, A Teen Named Harsh and Mohammed Ali – We Are All Human
Helping in Greece has made a profound impact on my life and it would not have happened if it weren’t for social media and the tireless work of the independent volunteers.
The Lebanese government does not recognize the Syrians in Lebanon as refugees. Being recognized as refugees would give them the right to work, but for now only those with proper residency permits are allowed to work, and those without are forced to find low pay menial and dangerous jobs. Lebanon also refused to let the … Continue reading The Lost Generation – Part Three – Exploitation of Refugees
I went to Lebanon to teach English in a refugee camp in the Beqaa Valley. Why English? One of the barriers to getting the children into the Lebanese school system is that many Syrian children only speak Arabic, yet the Lebanese schools use English or French to teach math and sciences. I was hopeful that … Continue reading The Lost Generation – Part Two – Education in the Camps
Last September, while my granddaughter Hailey was excitedly preparing to start the new school year, I was preparing to travel to Greece to help with the refugee crisis. At the same time, in Homs, Syria, the house of 13-year-old Farok and his family was bombed, and his father, mother and two younger siblings were deciding … Continue reading The Lost Generation – Part One – Background on the refugee movement and why I am less worried about Greece now
On the news we hear all about the refugee crisis in a way that is skewed to make people believe it is an invasion of a bunch of men trying to cross into Europe. They show pictures and video clips of the frustrated male refugees, the occasional riot and interactions with police without showing the … Continue reading Refugee Profiles – The Single Men, Athens & ‘Lil Pakistan