SoulFamFund: Broadcasting for Good
Hi, It's Anita Wing Lee! This is the official SoulFamFund.com GoFundMe page. Here is my story in my own words:
My Story on Periscope
Hi, I'm Anita Wing Lee. When I got on Periscope in Summer 2015, I had no idea that it would change my life. I started leading morning meditations because I thought it would help people, and 4 weeks later in August 2015, that turned into the largest meditation movement on the platform called #GlobalMeditationScope.
Since then I've been invited to speak at the legendary Periscope Summit twice in NYC and San Francisco, completed a 4000 mile journey across USA raising funds for refugees and found a faith in humanity and trust for life that I never had before.
Now we're taking it a step further. Periscope and live streaming is the frontier of human connection and this tool can be used as a force for good or for evil. We choose, by what we put out and what we share.
From my first days on this platform, I started called my little Periscope family #SoulFam. I wasn't trying to create a brand, business or 'tribe,' Honestly, it was because something inside told me we could take this platform by storm. We could do something big on Periscope. We could really shine. But it's important to me to stay humble. It's never gonna be about me. It's about family.
The SoulFam Philosophy
As I often say on 'scope, "There are no accidents in the Peri-verse. If we've found each other it's because we're meant to serve each other, help each other and life each other higher. How could we not talk about family when family's all we got?"
We are soul family, not because of race, religion or blood but because of our essence as living, breathing, human beings. The same force that beats my heart and yours compels me to do something meaningful with my time and energy, which is what's led me to Greece and the Refugees.
Every viewer on my broadcasts has inspired me to be a better person and I don't want to be sitting my cushy home in Canada, when there is a bigger way that I can help with the Refugee Crisis in Europe.
Thanks to your generous donations of nearly $3000, I've made it from Toronto to NYC to San Francisco to Lesvos, Greece.
Broadcasting For Good
I'm currently on the island of Lesvos, Greece where hundreds and sometimes thousands of refugees from Syria and neighbouring countries, still arrive everyday on their journey to find a safer home. Most arrive in flimsy lifeboats with nothing but the wet, freezing clothes on their back.
They still have a long journey ahead of them into Europe and if they're lucky, they'll make it to places like North America.
The refugee support network here for them is made up of a patchwork of inspiring grassroots initiatives from volunteers all around the world. Most are not covered by mainstream media, but they are doing the most important work to keep the refugees safe, informed and alive. I will be giving the funds that we raise to several independent humanitarian organizations that are doing incredible underground work. I will be updating this GoFundMe regularly to show you the organizations that I've connected with and chosen to support.
I want to be able to give about $1000 to each organization I support. With a community of 9000 on Periscope, if each person gave $1, we would easily hit our goal. If everyone have $5 (the price of a Starbucks Latte), we would have $45,000 to give away and all of the aid is greatly needed.
How To Contribute
I know that not everyone is in a financial situation to give. Still, you can help share this mission. Many of you have already given and for that I am infinitely grateful. Please continue to invite other Periscopers, broadcasters and everyone you know to learn more.
Write articles about Soul Fam Fund.
Tell people about us and Periscope.
Share & Retweet my broadcasts.
Donate travel points. Warm clothing. Baby carriers.
Use the hashtag #SoulFamFund on social media.
Tell @periscopeco on Twitter so they will feature our initiative.
Spread our press release: http://bit.ly/SoulFamFund
Let's make the largest initiative ever to use Periscope for good.
*If you're not yet familiar with Periscope, it's a live-streaming mobile video app that lets you capture real life in real time. It's EPIC. Follow me on Periscope by downloading the app onto your phone following me @anitawinglee: periscope.tv/anitawinglee.*
Because of Periscope, I have found a way to give and contribute to the world and I'm so alive. Here's the thing, I don't believe in "giving back." I've already given so much, there's no need to "give back" to me. I personally don't need much anyway. Just a place to sleep, water to drink, maybe some food, electrical charge for my phone and WiFi. :)
So help me pay it forward.
I am committed to using my channel to uplift and inspire millions and answer the call the help wherever I can. Greece and the refugees are calling. But I'm only one person. If my story has touched you in any way, please share this page and shareSoulFamFund.com to everyone you know.
DONATE DIRECTLY ON MY GOFUNDME HERE.
Thank you for being my inspiration.
Learn more at www.SoulFamFund.com
Watch my LIVE broadcasts daily on Periscope: http://periscope.tv/anitawinglee
Watch the replays of my journey here: https://katch.me/anitawinglee
I have been using the funded donated to continue our humanitarian, awareness and advocacy work, working towards making sure that refugees' human rights are acknowledged by international governments and supporting them in the journey.
Most recently, I have linked up with Revelstoke For Refugees and will be going to Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada to speak at several events for them , share my story and raise funds.
This small town of 7,000 has raised $45,000 of the $60,000 needed so far to sponsor a Syrian family to their town.
All of the details of our local events are here: www.projectsoulfam.com/revelstoke.
We also ended our Kickstarter campaign for our book The Soul Of Humanity with it 127% funded! We raised over £3800 of our £3000. That will go into printing this beautiful book and any extra will go straight back into refugee work. Thank you to everyone who has donated to both Soul Fam Fund (now renamed Project:SoulFam) and our Kickstarter book!
Keep following the journey via Periscope: periscope.tv/anitawinglee
The Blog & newsletter: www.ProjectSoulFam.com
Before I left Lesvos, Greece I met up with Shah one last time to give her a small donation that had been given to me. "Your next week of dinners are on me. You can use it more than me"
When I interviewed Shah 2 weeks ago, she's told me how she works sometimes 20 hour shifts, from 6am to 2am. Shah is one of the all-stars who has been here for months. As a Farsi speaker, she translates the refugee's concerns. It's both a burden and a gift to understand the extent of the refugees' struggles.
One time, after an especially rough shift dealing with hundreds of refugees, she went back to the volunteer storage to discover that her bag had been stolen!
This bag had all of her belongings in it, which weren't much to begin with. It broke my heart to hear how she had to piece her life supplies back together from donations.
I told her that I wanted to help support her. People forget that without the tireless volunteers, aid would just be stuff. We need the humans to deliver and distribute the aid.
I'm so in awe of the other volunteers (aka, Human Rights Defenders) who come to places like Lesvos and give everything to help someone. Just like the rest of us, they also have thoughts about whether or not it's a good "career move" to do this humanitarian work for no pay. But then you touch one life and realize that it's worth it.
It was so fitting that at our last hug, we had matching chipped green nail polish. #SoulFamily #SoulFamFund
Please consider donating &share this GoFundMe. I've made many good contacts during my time in Lesvos and am working with them to make sure that our funds can make the biggest impact
My Interview with Shah: https://katch.me/ani…/v/2a9b100b-04fe-368a-a90a-32ac580986b2
That's word I have for my experience working at the refugee camps on Lesvos, Greece.
How big is our capacity to serve as human beings?
How big is our capacity to love?
How big is our capacity to open our hearts to new ideas, new people, new cultures?
For my 4th week on Lesvos, I am joined by a fellow prolific broadcaster, Amrit Singh @MrASingh. It’s nice because I get to play tour guide, in additional to my eclectic mixed bag of roles: volunteer, broadcaster, humanitarian, journalist, activitist.
We are revisiting many of the sites that I’ve worked at in the last 3 weeks - Better Days For Moria, Lighthouse Relief, Pikpa, No Borders Kitchen - doing fresh interviews and publishing loads of content on social media.
LIFE ON LESVOS
Refugee boats have slowed down on this island because the coast guard has started picking up boats. NATO declared a ceasefire in Syria. From the Turkish side, we never quite know when the boats will come over or why the boats have slowed down. We never know how long these government policies will hold up, or if they are just a facade to send the volunteers away.
Volunteers are still arriving by the dozens, but right now there are more volunteers than refugees at the camps.
It makes one ask the question - is this helping?
Yes, there is still loads of work to be done. Loads of sorting, beach cleaning, organizing and coordinating but it’s not the same as the emotionally-charged boat landings seen in videos like this:
Still, I know by now that EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. If international volunteers were not the ones cleaning the beaches strewn with lifejackets and rubber boats, who would? Residents of the island would love for their beaches to return to their pristine condition - and so would I. But it also begs the question: will we forget?
Will we forget the plight of our brothers and sisters on this planet when we can no longer see them?
As the French government bulldozes 1000 people off the Calais Jungle in France, will be forget?
Will we forget that we have a responsibility to take care of humanity?
Being here on Lesvos, Greece, and seeing all of the people who have shown up to help, I have a little more faith in Humanity. I’ve seen the power of a few individuals to unlock the capacity for all of humanity to give.
Don’t be afraid to be the first one to show up to help. I promise you, others will join. (Including myself. Just PM me :)
Check out my latest Interview in the clothing distribution tent at No Borders Kitchen refugee camp with Pablo: https://katch.me/anitawinglee/v/7369ca23-57ef-3a64-9142-108926c354a8
All donations of every size are greatly welcomed. I will be taking all that we raise and finding the best way to use the funds in the coming days so that we can reach and help the most people possible.
Infinite Love from Greece,
My favorite interview so far happened today with Katerina and Anita of "Dirty Girls," aged 57 and 62. Dirty girls is a group that collects the wet, dirty clothes discarded by refugees, washes them and recycles the clean clothes into the refugee camps where they can be redistributed to people who need dry clothes.
Katrina showed me this little Quran that someone left behind. The capacity that we have as human beings to help each other still continues to astound me as I experience the support, kindness and big spirits of the human beings who are here.
I want to be able to help the work that Dirty Girls is doing. To give you an idea:
40 euros can wash 100 pairs of socks.
100 euros can wash 150 jackes.
This is significantly cheaper than trying to ship clothing over to Lesvos from North America or Europe. Plus, it is more environmentally friendly as this clothes would end up in landfills if it wasn't for the Dirty Girls volunteers.
Next week I'll be able to interview the founder. A lady from London, UK who has been here for months giving her time and energy tirelessly.
Please donate so that I can help support their work.
WATCH MY INTERVIEW with Dirty Girls here: