Each person has a past, a story, and a value. Who they are right now is made up of unique stories from the past, which bring light to the present. Let us color their present with their past and release them into a hopeful future.
Today, when we turn on the news, we see waves of refugees flooding into Europe and other parts of the world. Due to different reasons like war, terrorism, famine,..., etc, they had to flee their countries, their homes, and some even their families. While the media portrays them as social liability, we can’t help but ask the question, “If we were in their shoes, would we want to be known like that to the rest of world?”
“Past Present“ project was created in Bad Blankenburg, Germany and Paris, France. We walked into these refugees' lives, sat with them next to their tents on the streets, prepped their refugee camps for them to have shelter, and then hung out with them to hear their stories. We realized they all have a family, a journey, and a dream. They are just like you and me. And this is how the project came to past.
Our answer to our question is HOPE. When we see the refugees through the lens of Hope, we are no longer seeing them as issues, but as humans, just like you and me. We are believing for them to have a future, and to even be apart of OUR future. Let us take a moment and change our lens. Let us see them the way we hope to be seen. Let us choose HOPE, for ourselves and for the refugees.