Glastonbury

Me and Nils are just back from Glastonbury festival!

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This first picture shows us there last year on the left and this year on the right….

Last year, we were working the whole festival on the stall of the company I worked for at the time, an ethical underwear brand which produced fair trade, organic cotton underwear in India.

Our stall was next to the stall of a charity called Legs4Africa. We made friends with the founders who had recognised a need for prosthetic limbs in Africa and were re-cycling old ones from the UK (classed as medical waste within Europe), and re-fitting them to people in Africa so they could walk again. The amazing young guys who started this charity inspired me and Nils a lot, and I remember thinking how amazing it would be to set something like that up ourselves.

This was just before our lives totally changed…

One year on and Nils is wearing a Worldwide Tribe t-shirt with our new logo on it. The logo that represents our own organisation, and everything we stand for.

So much has changed in a year. In fact, I’ve learnt that anything can happen in a matter of minutes, seconds even.

Everything could change tomorrow.
Tonight.
The only thing that’s real is right now, and right now i’m feeling super grateful for another amazing Glastonbury experience…

I’m grateful for the many efforts throughout the festival to support refugees. I was emotional walking into the Good Chance Theatre dome for the first time since it left the Jungle, and seeing the artwork of many residents of the camp up on the walls.

Several of the artists I watched mentioned the crisis and I even left feeling elated to see the huge pile of tents people had left behind to bring over to Calais (they are in desperate need at the moment as new people are arriving thick and fast and the authorities have banned any building of shelters in the camp).

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I’m also grateful for the presence of the beautiful rainbow overhead on Gay Pride. A sign that even the universe is representing equality, unity and love.

Thank you Glastonbury for maintaining my faith in humanity.

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Knit Aid

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“I started Knit Aid in the summer of 2015 as a response to the ongoing reports of the refugee crisis that has been gripping our continent. I had lots of great quality chunky yarn lying around at home, so I decided to use it for some good and knitted some chunky beanies and snoods to send on to the refugees living in Calais. I wanted the donations to be made to the highest quality, the same as I’d make for myself or a loved one.

This knitting project sparked an idea… Could I gather other knitters to do the same? Knitters are always looking for excuses to knit new projects, and knitting for refugees is the perfect way to channel those needs. I set up a Facebook page and it grew in popularity instantly. And that’s where Knit Aid began!

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Since last summer, we’ve sent thousands of warm, quality knitted donations like beanies, snoods, scarves, gloves, socks and blankets to refugee camps in France, Greece, Jordan, Turkey and Syria. We’ve encouraged our knitters to attach notes with their donations to show the recipient that there are people who care about them. We’ve been moved on several occasions by these messages attached to lovingly made knits.

Knits have been sent from men, women and children all over the UK and the entire world – as far as USA, Japan, Australia..! The kindness of knitters and their solidarity with refugees has been overwhelming!

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We run knitting workshops in London helping people to make their donations, and we also sell unique knitting merchandise. These all help to fundraise for refugee aid charities. We organised a mass knit-in in February, where we gathered as many knitters as we could fit in one place to knit squares which we made into beautiful blankets for refugee families. The event also fundraised money for refugee aid charities sending other types of aid to refugees.

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From a personal level, the refugee crisis means a lot to me. My parents migrated to the UK from Bangladesh in the 1950s, and have worked so hard to build our wonderful and free life here in the UK. I can’t help but compare myself to every single one of those people who have had to leave their country for various reasons. That could be me, or my parents, siblings, daughter… My life is worth exactly the same as theirs. They are entitled to exactly the same as me.

I hope Knit Aid can continue to collect knits made with love from all around the world and send them on to people who need them, for as long as it’s needed.”

Thank you, Shahnaz, Founder of Knit Aid, for sharing your story!

To support Knit Aid and the fantastic work they do, see their fundraiser:mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/knitaid

To learn more about Knit Aid, visit www.knitaid.org,www.facebook.com/knitaid and follow @KnitAid on Instagram

If you have a story of your own that you’d like to share, you can submit it through our website: theworldwidetribe.com/yourstory

To hear more stories from our campaign, follow the hastags‪#‎TheWorldwideTribe‬ ‪#‎ShareYourStory‬

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United with Love

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Build bridges, not borders.
Choose unity, not separation.
Choose love, not fear.
Go into every situation with an open heart.

We are all connected.
We are all the same.
We are all human.
We all live on this world together and we should share it accordingly.

We must come together in support of one another.

We are one.

The Worldwide Tribe

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Saving Lives with Social Media

The story of how normal people came together to create something beautiful.

This is my TED talk about community. About love. About oneness. About positive action amongst thousands of people united through social media towards positive social change. A more loving, connected future.

Watch it and share it…there is hope!

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