"Everybody has the responsibility to do something " - Jaz 🌎💙 🌍💙 🌏💙
Imagine what it would be like waking up one morning and discovering your Facebook status has gone viral and change your life for ever.
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Meet Jaz aka The worldwide Tribe,
the young humanitarian lady from Kent. 🔥
Why did you leave your career in fashion to focus on the worldwide tribe?
I didn't purposely left my fashion career. At that time, I was working in India for an underwear brand. We were producing fair trade organic cotton underwear. Worldwide Tribe was a blog capturing those experiences alongside all the amazing things and people I was meeting.
One day, I decided to make a journey at the Jungle camp in Calais, on my way back home in south London, I wrote that blog post on my personal Facebook. In one night it went viral and I realized I should do something. I couldn't focus on anything else than the humanitarian and crisis was happening on our doors step.
I felt the responsibility to do something. So, I left my career in fashion because it felt so right.
What is your best accomplishment as a volunteer so far?
That's a very difficult question. If I had to choose one I would say, raising money for a man called Mohammed. Back in his country, he was a baker and has been tortured by the Taliban who took out all his teeth. When I met him in the refugees camp, he was still a baker. He couldn't smile or eat cakes because of his teeth missing. We fundraised for him to have a new set of teeth. Giving back his smile was truly an accomplishment.
There is also some personal stories like this other man, his wife and newborn. We fundraised a ticket to go to Brazil where they were asking for asylum.
This young boy with a degenerative disease, to get medical treatment in Switzerland.
How can you see the future as a humanitarian women ?
I dont' think to much about the future. I just keep doing what I'm doing and keep speaking my truth and I always would do that. I think the future will unfold exactly as it should.
What inspired you the most to do what you do today?
The people I meet inspires me a lot. But the person who inspired me the most is my foster brother Mez. He did an incredible journey from Eritrea across the Sahara desert where his fourteen years old friend died, he crossed the Mediterranean sea while he couldn't swim, he crossed the whole Europe on foot and finally crossed the channel underneath the Eurotunnel train.
So, when I have a bad day or I feel like I can't do something, I think about if Mez achieved all those things at the age of fourteen everything is possible.
What advice will you give to someone who wants to start to get involved in a charity or humanitarian action?
My biggest advice is "Just do it". Go for it. Do something. Everybody has the responsibility and the capacity to do something. It doesn't need to be in shelters, refugees camp, or pulling people off a boat in Greek coast.
Yesterday my hairdresser who cuts the hair of homeless people for free, he now starts a movement called #dosomethingfornothing. Everybody has something to give, so give it.
Who is your biggest female inspiration?
My biggest female inspiration is my mum obviously! Because she is amazing, she is the mum of six children; 4 biologicals and 2 fostered, one from Eritrea and one from Afghanistan. She loved all of us equally and beautifully.
I will also cite humanitarian women like Malala Yousafzai for standing up for what she believe in.
And last of all, imagine the world in three words.
We are one. We are connected.
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