Humanwire Winter 2017 Update: A note from the CEO, Andrew Baron
Now operating inside of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, China, Greece, Malaysia and Iraq, Humanwire is HQ in the United States and in light of recent changes announced by the country’s new administration, I wanted to take a moment to highlight Humanwire’s approach to addressing the world-wide displacement problem, and how such new policies are ultimately ineffectual and irrelevant.
You can decide to work within the framework of the political ideology of the day and define your mission based on political borders, but we do not.
At Humanwire, we do not see borders.
We do not see nationality or religion.
We do not look to politicians for solutions, but only to identify cause.
Our mission takes for granted that people ultimately want each other and our solution is to harness the power of the individual to connect, one-to-one. Person-to-person. To transcend governments and take matters into your own hands. To simply become citizens to each other.
Technology is our dove.
Lets recap on the problem.
In the beginning of 2017, we now have approximately 66 million people on Earth who are displaced as a result of force, with no country in the world willing or able to allow them to exist.
Of our world’s 66 million lives who are not allowed to be, in most cases due to the wars of others, only 22 million are under the responsibility of the UNHCR, a mere 1/3, leaving well over 44 million to fend for themselves.
Of the 22 million displaced under the UNHCR’s domain, the majority are directly subject to assistance within a record breaking funding shortfall generating on average this decade less than 40% of what it needs to operate on any given year. It’s logically futile for any organization or business to operate with less than 1/2 of what it proclaims it needs to do so and the UNHCR will be the first to tell you that they can not handle this problem at scale. Not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction.
It’s important to understand that the UNHCR is not funded by you or me directly, or any individual, for the most part. Over 86% of the UNHCRs funding comes from governments. It’s your money, but your government decides how much to give, for what return on the investment and in what context, typically within the context of war and economics.
Today we are seeing policies from the United States, the largest donor to the UNHCR, change overnight at the hands of a single leader who has promised to reduce support.
And thus the UNHCR funding crisis comes from a dependency on this type of government business, and lack of attention to or support from the will of the people. For we all want what the UNHCR wants in the end, and we want the organization to succeed.
Humanwire is not very comparable for we do not have an agenda, we are not advocates, we do not have any answers on what to do and we are just a tiny startup with relatively little experience in this environment.
Humanwire is ultimately a toolset – a contemporary dashboard – and a model for one-to-one support. We use technology to enable you to connect in a way that was only recently possible, to decide, and then take immediate, transparent, effective action, regardless of politics.
Case in point. A woman in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA connected with a Syrian woman in Lebanon, and together with Humanwire tools, opened a store:
Case in point. A man in Napa Valley, California, USA connected with a Syrian family in Greece with the Humanwire tools and moved them from a tent to an apartment:
Case in point. A woman from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA connected with a woman from Yaoundé, Cameroon, Africa in Turkey and secured her housing and school:
Case in point. A woman in Boulder, Colorado, USA connected with a family from Syria stuck in a cloth tent in Lebanon, and helped her and her kids get to Sweden:
As you can see, people are taking matters into their own hands, breaking down borders and working together for we all know, where there is a will, there is a way.
Any new policy that restricts traveling or immigrating to the United States, based on where someone is born or has been, without any other factor for consideration, will obviously be to the loss of the United States in the long run. But it will not keep us from joining together to share in each other’s cultures, to pass around our ideas to each other, to love one another as we do. No physical wall will ever be able to separate us.
These matters are not out of reach, you can do something.