Upcoming Events 

 

Film Screening: 4.1 Miles & From Damascus to Chicago

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Celebration of Women Refugee Entrepreneurs

FILM SCREENING: THIS IS HOME

Friday, March 8, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

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Join the One Journey movement

Build a world where refugees and other displaced people are welcomed, valued, and supported so they and their host communities can thrive together.

One Journey Movement

Vanda Berninger (left) and Wendy Chan (right), co-founders of the One Journey movement.

Vanda Berninger (left) and Wendy Chan (right), co-founders of the One Journey movement.

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.

ART

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. 

FOOD

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.

TECHNOLOGY

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. 

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Our Model

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.

 

 Our Objectives

 

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One Journey aims to be the connecting layer between host communities and refugees and other displaced people.

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Shape the narrative about refugees and other displaced people towards one of hope, accomplishments and resilience, and showcase their talents. 

THREE


Help create local connections and drive people to take action in support of refugees and other displaced people. 

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Our Impact

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.

1,000

PEOPLE MOBILIZED IN SUPPORT OF REFUGEES

4000+

ATTENDEES OF ONE JOURNEY FESTIVAL

250+

DEDICATED FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER

8000+

Volunteer hours given to movement

150,000+

People reached by One Journey’s message

16,000+

UNIQUE VISITORS TO ONE JOURNEY FESTIVAL WEBSITE

 

"We hope that this festival will remind everyone that we are on one journey of humanity together."

Festival co-founder Wendy Chan - June 2018

 

 
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Our Sponsors

 
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Our Partners

 
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 SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 29, 2019

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Get Involved

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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Volunteer opportunities

This movement is entirely driven by grassroots volunteers and relies on the hard work of community members, like you all

Make a Donation

We need your support for our second annual One Journey Festival celebration onJune 29, 2019 at the Washington National Cathedral.