With the constant buzz of media and newscasts, we are ever-aware of the refugee crisis that is ongoing and devastating. But how much do we really know, and how can we really help?
In the fall of 2015, a group of BYU students traveled to Amman, Jordan to study the Arab culture and Arabic language. We interacted with and befriended people who had relocated from Iraq and Syria. While not all of them were refugees, these people had family and friends who still lived in war-ridden countries. We saw the impact that the crisis had on those not directly amidst the conflict, informally studying the social, economic and emotional impact of displacement. As our awareness of the needs of refugees increased, so did our desire to help them.
Now that we are home, in the comfort and safety of a politically secure nation, we want to help those who are being emotionally and physically crippled by the effects of war. We want to support those who cannot support themselves.
On Oct. 21, 2017, we will be holding a 5K-10K race, and the entirety of proceeds will be given to organizations supporting refugees. We'll provide more information once we have established our partners.
On the day of the race, we will also be holding a cultural event, which will celebrate the art, music and food of different refugee communities in Utah. All are welcome to attend and participate.
As we organize this community event, we value the opinions and desires of the community, so please contact us with any suggestions, questions or donation inquiries. We promise to keep you updated on the event.