EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DARE TO JOURNEY
We are so excited you are joining our Dare to Journey campaign. We have lots of ways for you to find out more information, from how to launch your fundraiser to what it means to stand in solidarity with refugees across the world.
This campaign is a great way to get more involved wherever you are with your journey in solidarity with refugees. Whether you are currently hosting a refugee, calling the UK government to be more welcoming, or care about refugees, this campaign enables you to go on a daring journey of change. You will raise your voice, influence those around you and have fun along the way!
Jump to the section most relevant to you by clicking the headings below:
- Download your campaign guide
- Listen to real-life stories
- Facts about refugees
- What does the Bible say about refugees?
- Use our filters on socials
- Make a QR code
Download your campaign guide
Please check out this helpful guide which includes the:
- necessary steps to take to start your campaign
- tips on how to measure your journey
- a full list of the dares you can take along the way
- and more!
DownloadYour guide to: Dare to Journey
Hear from refugees themselves
We have put together an episode for you to listen to as you walk – this is one of the dares! We hear about some of the causes for the global refugee crisis from people’s specific contexts and perspectives from leading Christians on how the Church can respond.
Listen to the links below to hear from people who have either been displaced or left their home country due to war, conflict, persecution or instability.
Listen to Ivan's story nowIvan Monzon, Guatemala
Listen to Helen's story nowHelen Berhane, Eritrea
Use our filters on your socials
When people donate, they can request that you do a dare. However, if you don’t know which one to pick, you can use our TikTok or Instagram filters to select the dare for you.
Go to effects or filters in the app and search ‘Dare To Journey’. In a few seconds, you will have your dare picked for you! Why not use the opportunity to use the video, and a clip of you carrying out the dare, to share your journey with your friends and family? Keep encouraging people to donate to the campaign!
Make sure to tag us at @wearetearfund and use the hashtag #DareToJourney. We can’t wait to re-share what you are doing.
Facts about refugees
Currently we are facing the largest refugee crisis in the world. There are 100 million displaced people worldwide, increased from 89.3 million at the end of 2021 due to the rise of Ukrainian refugees. When we talk about refugees, you may be thinking of people from Ukraine, Afghanistan or Hong Kong.
Here are some facts about the refugee crisis to equip you for your journey:
(1) A refugee is defined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as ‘people outside their country of origin because of feared persecution, conflict, violence, or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order, and who, as a result, require ‘international protection’.
(2) By the end of 2021, there were 89.3 million forcibly displaced people globally, this consisted of:
- 27.1 million refugees
- 53.2 million internally displaced
- 4.6 million asylum seekers
- 4.4 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants
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(3) The number of displaced people worldwide is greater than the population of Germany
(4) There are more than 30 active crisis and conflict zones across the world, including:
- 3.4 million refugees are hosted in Poland from Ukraine
- almost 2 million displaced in Somalia
- 720,000 fleeing violence and persecution in Central America (comprising of nations such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador)
- and approximately 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh fleeing from genocide in Myanmar.
(5) Some of the main reasons for leaving your home are: conflict, violence, human rights abuses, environmental issues, disasters and persecution.
(6) Almost 1 million children were born as refugees between 2018-2020
(7) Approximately 67% of refugees live in poverty
(8) 85% of all refugees are hosted in the global majority
(9) The five highest nationalities to apply for asylum in the UK in 2021 were Iran, Iraq, Eritrea, Albania and Syria.
(10) Statistics show that 80% of refugees stay in their region where they were displaced, hosted by the global majority. Turkey is the country with the most refugees with 3.7 million, followed by Poland with 3.4 million from Ukraine, then Colombia with 1.7 million.
(11) 16% of refugees are hosted by richer countries and the Global North
This data was collected from these key websites. Feel free to read more:
- Forced displacement factsheet by the European Commission
- The Global Solidarity Crisis by Amnesty International
- 13 shocking facts about the refugee crisis that you should know Global Citizen
- Frequently asked questions around ‘refugees’ and ‘migrants’ by the UNHCR
- Asylum and refugee resettlement in the UK by the Migration Observatory
- Asylum in the UK by the UNHCR
- 10 facts about refugees by the UNHCR
What does the Bible say about refugees?
The Bible is full of stories of people fleeing their homes from conflict and people. From the beginning, Jacob had to pack his belongings with his family to escape from his relative Laban (Genesis 31). To young David, who fled from King Saul, who was pursuing killing him (1 Samuel 21). Even Jesus himself, as a baby, had to flee with Mary and Joseph from Bethlehem to Egypt to hide. Jesus had to seek refuge from King Herod, who wanted to kill him (Matthew 2).
Jesus knew what it meant to flee from conflict created by humans. The Bible recognises this reality and has many stories of displacement, pain, frustration, and hope. Through it all, we can see that God cares for refugees. God sees the heartbreak, tears, fear and sorrow of being forced to leave home for survival.
At We Are Tearfund, we believe God is always working on our behalf to bring his plan of redemption and restoration to these spaces of injustice. God is working out this restoration plan through people. We believe the call to love our neighbours (Matthew 22:39) stretches beyond our borders with those displaced and fleeing due to conflict. We are called to love our global neighbours.
We believe that by raising awareness of the refugee crisis, we can support and stand with people forced out of their homes and countries of belonging. This is part of the Biblical call to justice and God’s restoration plan.
Make a QR code for your fundraiser
To add to all of your social media promo, you can create your own QR code that makes it easy for people to scan. Use this website to create your own QR code for free!
Follow this step by step guide of how to create a QR code for different social media sites like Instagram, Facebook and more here.