Of 21.3M refugees, there are 11M children, everyday nearly 34k forced to flee homes, and in 2015 107k resettled.
Humanity Rises' mission is to restore dignity and ignite hope in the lives of refugees stuck in camps. Our fundamental belief is that during the world's darkest moments light always shines through when humanity rises to help those affected by tragedy, and in helping to lift others we lift ourselves. The refugee crisis is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our lives — affecting 21.3 million human beings — and igniting hope within this population of innocent souls is critical to their physical and emotional survival.
The Glimmer Park
To support the organization’s mission to restore dignity and hope in the lives of refugees stuck in camps, Humanity Rises is creating "Glimmer Parks." The Glimmer Parks are outdoor gym parks inside refugee camps that will help lift the spirit of the entire camp. Refugee camp environments are hazardous to the physical and emotional well-being of the camp residents. We believe physical exercise helps restore dignity and is the best way to rebuild the emotional strength refugees need to maintain the hope necessary to survive.
It was in March of 2016, after spending the month volunteering at Camp Moria, a refugee camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece, that our founder, Kel Kelly, had an epiphany. While navigating the sheer chaos of refugees emerging from Aegean Sea after fleeing Turkey, and witnessing their utter desperation, Kel realized she needed to spend the rest of her life doing whatever is humanly possible to help the refugees.
Faced with a hostile political climate that often vilifies them, refugees are forced into environments that are a living hell. They have been stripped of their dignity and they have lost hope. Kel believes in her heart that the simple act of restoring dignity in their souls and igniting hope within the hearts of this population of innocent souls is critical to their physical and emotional survival. Humanity Rises was born out of this belief.
During the world's darkest moments light always shines through when humanity rises to help those affected by tragedy, and in helping to lift others we lift ourselves.