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In 1991, as civil war broke out in Croatia, Vanda Berninger left her home country for Germany. In 1989, Wendy Chan immigrated to the United States, as a young girl from China, to unite with her extended family, many of whom had fled China as refugees to escape the civil war.
Both Vanda and Wendy now live in the Washington DC area, and together, they are building a movement. With a diverse coalition of allies, they are raising awareness of the global refugee crisis, helping the public see the contributions and talents of refugees and displaced people. These efforts aim to celebrate diversity and combat the growing nativism and apathy towards a humanitarian crisis of historic scale.
Mural, sculpted from clay, is titled “Status Undetermined” was on display at the first One Journey Festival. It portrays the lives of people living in a refugee camp based on research done by Professor Hicks and his team. Additionally, a photo exhibit on the activities of Syrian Refugee Youth in Turkey, co-hosted by Johns Hopkins’ The Big Picture and the Karam Foundation, was on display.
Music & DANCE
Live performances by refugee artists, musicians and dancers, including the celebrated all-girls Pihcintu Multicultural Choir, Abraham Mwinda and Leftist took place on the main stage.
Chef José Andrés and Taha Alhuraibi, a local Yemeni refugee chef, performed a live cooking show as they discussed the connections among food, culture and serving humanity.
The festival featured 15 local ethnic food trucks owned by refugee and immigrant chefs and entrepreneurs.
Festival goers had an opportunity to chat and interact live with refugees and displaced people in Iraq, Rwanda, and Mexico via Shared Studios’ immersive video technology. The festival goers also learned about refugees and other displaced people through virtual reality film experiences created by Amnesty International and the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets initiative.
One Journey aims to be the connecting layer between host communities and refugees and other displaced people. Through storytelling, technology, art and culture, One Journey creates a positive and energetic way for people to connect and collaborate.
One Journey aims to be the connecting layer between host communities and refugees and other displaced people.
Shape the narrative about refugees and other displaced people towards one of hope, accomplishments and resilience, and showcase their talents.
Help create local connections and drive people to take action in support of refugees and other displaced people.
One Journey amplifies refugee voices and enhances public awareness of refugee talents and contributions. We strive to build enduring allies for refugees and use cultural and technological tools to facilitate human connections between refugees and their host communities.
PEOPLE MOBILIZED IN SUPPORT OF REFUGEES
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Volunteer hours given to movement
People reached by One Journey’s message
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"We hope that this festival will remind everyone that we are on one journey of humanity together."
Festival co-founder Wendy Chan - June 2018
SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 29, 2019
One Journey invites you to get involved and take action for refugees living in the DMV area, across the US and internationally. There are so many ways you can make a difference. Below are some ideas to help get you started.
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