july 14th Seeds of humanity had participated with tow speeches on TEDx stage at the Arab American University, Jenin, Palestine. Mr.Firas Abu Asba the co-founder of seeds of humanity organization spoke in Arabic about the main reason why seeds of humanity exist, he had defined the refugees by some parameters. and why and how it is important to support refugees.
The English speech was spoken by Mr.Abed El-Qader Watad who described the DNA of the Organization and when the volunteers decided to be an official NGO and had mentioned some projects and campaigns,
here is the English speech:
Half a million refugees, let us discuss how can we reach at least half a million refugees that are distributed in different worldwide borders in two years as an initial goal?
Well, I think that we need a few years to start work after a few months of planning. Moreover, it is impossible to make it if one of your goals is the I.F.L.A The Instagram Facebook Likes Award.
Almost Every state in Europe had passed many fatal wars during the last century, which explains the amount of hope and expectations of the affected people of war for humanitarian help and assistance, even if the help was for a direct or an indirect interest for each state.
after the long exhausting year 2015 of working at the Hungarian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Albanian, Macedonian, and Greek borders, in addition to Palestine, Jordan, and Burma we recognized the urgent need to manage this chaos, we decided to establish on 2016 Seeds of Humanity Organization as an official NGO, which had increased our efficiency of supporting goods and emotions for refugees in our campaigns on this certain year.
Our first official inclusive campaign was in April 2017 at Athens - Greece, because it is one of the states that contains a huge amount of stocked refugees. there Seeds of Humanity rented 5 floors building in Athens- that contain distributing hall for nutrition for different ages, personal hygiene, clothes, and shoes. In addition to a childrens workshop in the backyard. The second floor is for the psychology and a small office for the staff and secretary, the third floor is games videos small library for kids, and my Optometry clinic near the physiotherapy clinic.
The 4th floor is for Medical staff with plenty of specialties like a family doctor, internal, Pediatric, gynecology, and 5 Dental clinics. And the fifth floor which is -1 a huge store floor.
After the campaign of April 17, we received a huge amount of calls, WhatsApp messages, and emails from different nationalities and different specializations asking to use our building taking into an account the Greek government and our organization laws, policies and conditions.
Nowadays Seeds of Humanity counts 500 volunteers, the main reason that made the organization with this numbers, is Im quoting one of the policies," the main and the last part of every campaign is that we must publish via Facebook and SMS to our donators and supporters every invoice or bell for transparency", thousands of applications had been sent in order to join our organization, so that we had qualified a new campaign managers and new participants in order to run ten campaigns in single month, so that while Firas and I are standing here at TED stage, 4 separated teams are working at this moment at the Jordanian Syrian borders, Palestine our default refugee camps (Gaza and West Bank), Turkey, and Greece, and in order to complete our greased system we are offering the refugees educational courses for teenagers hairdressing courses, tailoring skills, and SOON seeds of humanity school.
According to the UNHCR in 2017, the number of refugees worldwide had reached 65 million, 22 million of them are children, and 4.8million of them are Syrian refugees.
if our Organization seeds of humanity had reached more than 0.5 Million of them among two years, simply it means that we need130 refugee NGOs on earth and in two years the crisis of refugees is behind us!
But, wait wait, wait a second, please!! Before start, solving the worlds problems let us ask ourselves a few questions!
Why? Why we leave everything behind us? why its too easy to leave our own life that we had designed? Why with this enthusiasm and huge love I close my private Optometry clinic for one or two weeks in order to volunteer! Actually, when I ask myself this question I feel satisfied, folks! I discovered the main reason why my amazing team and I are existing on this earth, which is full of humanitarian disasters. Exactly like our Palestinian question, actually, we are the second and the third generation of occupation displacement and ethnic cleansing that is continuing until today! by arranging priorities of each campaign we felt like we are solving our 70 years old needs, like safety, food, healthcare, psychological care, hygiene, meds, and questions like what do we need where are we going and what to do until we know where we are going.
The second reason that makes me satisfied is that deep voice that is whispering in my ears for a genius man who said, "The best charity is that which you give while you fear poverty" that man was the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
There with the refugees, we are all white clean creatures; there you do good and great things without any charge,
Simply every day you practice your own self your true soul, your humanity, your humanity that the routine of daily life is suppressing it day by day!
With the refugees, we see our NAKBA 1948 in a live stream and not such a documentary for 45 minutes long.
Being there is not about starring and not a sympathy or solidarity with these people crisis, because we are also refugees! We are a part of this catastrophe!
Therefore, it is a total engagement with the same pain and suffer.
With the refugees, we started and with the refugees, we are until the end of this crisis or until the end of us!
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