The Worldwide Tribe Projects
What started as a travel blog by Jaz O’Hara, documenting her adventures in Sri Lanka, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Costa Rica, Brazil and more has evolved into something much bigger. Jaz and her team still tell the amazing, inspirational stories of the people they meet, as Jaz always has, only now many of these people are refugees, and their stories are quite different.
After visiting the Jungle camp in Calais in August 2015, the raw and emotional post that Jaz wrote about her experience went viral, with over 65,000 shares. What followed was an immense outpouring of support that has enabled The Worldwide Tribe to have a direct, positive impact on a ground level.
From galvanising an audience of over 55,000 people, to installing WiFi in Calais and Lesvos; from highlighting the stories that really need to be heard, to supporting vital grassroots projects, we have worked with love, compassion and unity toward a better future for us all.
The time we have spent in Calais and Lesvos has allowed us to build relationships, form friendships and gain a level of trust that enables us to give an unprecedented, intimate perspective of this crisis. We aim to bring a voice to those who need to be heard, all across the world.
We use creative storytelling to highlight the humanity of this crisis, with a focus on the hope, love, compassion and unity that we have been lucky enough to experience. Through words, photography, film and art, we are inspiring people to take action and to use their own skills and experience to be the change they wish to see in the world.
In April 2016, The Worldwide Tribe team members Jaz and Nils worked with artist Hannah Rose Thomas on a project in Jordan.
Visiting refugee camps Za’atari and Azraq, the team hosted art workshops for refugee children from Syria. The idea was to provide the means for the children to creatively express themselves, and that they did.
Heartbreaking paintings and drawings of tanks, soldiers, ambulances, crying children, dead bodies, blood and burning homes brought home the reality that these children had faced. They had known too much of war.
Together the children painted two canvases; one which represented war and another which represented hope. The contrast was stark, but the hugs and kisses and smiling faces showed just how valuable this work is.
Simon & Kate
"Good work girl! X"
"Proud of you honey! "
"Good luck Yasmin and thanks again for doing this for the children of my country! You are amazing xxx"
"Good luck yasmin love Elias and family xxx"