About Humanity Rises
We're a humanitarian organization focused on restoring dignity and hope in the lives of refugees stuck in refugee camps.
Humanity Rises identifies and launches camp-specific initiatives that lift the spirit of the refugees by restoring dignity in their souls and igniting hope within their hearts. The refugee crisis is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our live — affecting 21.3 million human beings — and creating hope within this population of innocent souls is critical to their physical and emotional survival.
Our founder, Kel Kelly, has spent her life fighting for the underdog in need of a voice. From the homeless to cognitively challenged to physically disabled to LGBTQ youth to the black community to Muslims and beyond, Kel has been an unwavering advocate fighting for basic human rights and equality for all people, particularly those dealing with oppression. In fact, the two simple words “Be Kind,” tattooed on her forearm, represent the guiding principle by which Kel lives her life.
It was in March of 2016, after spending the month volunteering at Camp Moria, a refugee camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece, that Kel realized her true purpose. 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’s fundamental belief is 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.
In the darkest moments in the history of the world, light has always shined through when humanity rises to help those impacted by tragedy. Kel believes that in helping to lift others in their darkest hours, humanity lifts us all at the same time.
The goal of the Humanity Rises is to elevate the energy and spirit of an entire refugee camp population through a “glimmer project” specifically tailored to the needs of the individual camp.