We are currently facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. 4.6 million people have been forcibly displaced from Syria alone, and millions more have fled conflicts in Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
As a global Movement in more than 146 countries, conflict is a daily reality for many Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. On World Refugee Day, and every day, we must stand together as #OneMovement driven by the same vision – to see a world where every girl can reach her potential, speak out and make change.
Where possible, my group and I visited internally displaced people (IDPs) in Jos, Abuja... As Girl Guides, we want to support these young people and bring hope and light to an otherwise dark situation.
Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has always been about citizenship, service to others, and international solidarity and friendship. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been putting these values into action, doing wonderful work to support refugees in their communities.
To mark World Refugee Day 2017, we want to showcase this work and the positive contribution that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are making around the world. In doing so, we want to inspire others – both inside and outside our Movement – to do more to help refugee communities.
I’ve seen so many people deprived of the basics, hopeless and desperate to survive. The situation is more difficult for girls. Many of them arrive alone, without a family, leaving them vulnerable to potential abuse and sexual violence.
Share Your Story
The World Refugee Toolkit provides just a few ideas to help you start thinking what you could do on World Refugee Day, and throughout the year, to support refugees. Whatever you choose to do, let us know! Take a photo of your Guides or Girl Scouts in action supporting refugees.
We look forward to hearing from you about how you are helping refugees wherever you are and to sharing your stories with our global community.