“I don’t want to be the exception. I want to be the person to inspire other kids and provide ways for them to be like me some day, and better," says Heval Kelli. As a young refugee in Georgia, Heval found mentorship and guidance from a local doctor who invested in his future. Now a cardiology fellow at Emory University, Heval is determined to give back to his community by investing his time and experience in the next generation of aspiring physicians.
As the first volunteer for Refuge Coffee in Clarkston, Georgia – an area that hosts the most diverse square mile in the country and is home to over 60 native-spoken languages – Karen Guess brings together people from all walks of life over the universal language of coffee and tea. She moved to the area at the same time as Refuge Coffee founder Kitti Murray, who had a dream of creating just such a communal place.
In difficult times, we often look to humanitarian groups to support those in need. Since the onset of the refugee crisis, this has certainly been the case in Brazil – where the number of refugees has doubled each year since 2011. Atados, the winner of Points of Light’s 2017 George W. Romney Award, adapted its successful volunteer engagement model to respond to the global refugee crisis and provide aid to the people taking refuge in Brazil.