A revolutionary approach to Humanitarianism

One Light Global is evolving the way we approach crises around the world from a paradigm of givers and receivers to a united human family collaborating and innovating to create replicable, scalable models of an inclusive, egalitarian and regenerative future for all.

 

Solidarity

Innovation

Equality

Collaboration

Opportunity

Sustainability

 

SHELTER
FOOD SECURITY
WATER
HEALTH
LIVELIHOOD
TRAUMA
EDUCATION
EMERGENCY RELIEF

Shelter

 

OLD MODEL

  • Depressing, dirty - impact: hopelessness, stress and depression

  • Imported, flimsy tents - impact: exposure, illness

  • Aid Dependent - disempowerment, temporary

OUR MODEL

  • Human Centric Design - ex. shared community spaces, welcoming comfort

  • Innovative & Sustainable Architecture - ex. Aircrete, 3d printing, haybale, rubble houses

  • Psychologically Uplifting - ex. spaces that feel joyous, welcoming, colorful, inspiring

FOOD SECURITY

 

OLD MODEL

  • UN & NGOs ship in food every day

  • Food is minimal and insufficient

  • Refugees are stuck in dependency

  • Transportation is fuel and resource inefficient

OUR MODEL

  • Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture - permaculture, aquaponics, vertical gardens, food forests, permaculture

  • Empowerment & Community Gardens & Collaboration

  • Local food and carbon efficient

WATER

 

OLD MODEL

  • Shipped in by UN and NGOs

  • Waiting in long lines at tanks to hand fill jerry cans

  • Wasteful: transportation, plastic bottles, litter

  • Dependency

OUR MODEL

  • Rain catchment designs in all community buildings

  • Community Water and Filtration systems

  • Boreholes, solar pumps, drip irrigation, grey water systems

  • Empowerment

LIVELIHOOD

 

OLD MODEL

  • Refugees are not allowed to work, even if qualified

  • Forced into a cycle of disempowerment, dependency, and depression

  • Financial drain on host and international community, no access to local and global markets

  • Lack of opportunity for youth destroys potential and cycles them into harming self and others

OUR MODEL

  • Humans are our greatest resource - allow displaced people to use their skills to support themselves, each other, host and global communities

  • Entrepreneurial training - inspires innovation, creates solutions and jobs

  • Verification & placement system for needed professionals within camp, host community, and international community: doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, farmers, etc.

  • Children grow up with hope - knowing they can contribute to society

EDUCATION

 

OLD MODEL

  • Displaced children miss years of education and class attendance

  • They suffer from trauma and often struggle even when integrated into local school systems

  • NGOs and Governments spend funding to build traditional schools, but upon graduation there are no opportunities due to high unemployment rates in host countries

OUR MODEL

  • Trauma informed education allows children to heal from the impacts of their circumstances so their minds are open to learning again

  • We use virtual education to prevent so many lost hours of education

  • Employ refugees who were previously teachers to organize learning spaces in camps

  • Training in entrepreneurial and tech skills that can ensure employment opportunities

HEALTH

 

OLD MODEL

  • Lack of funding and resources results in extremely limited access to medicine 

  • Bringing in Doctors and Nurses from outside organizations

OUR MODEL

  • Employing the refugee drs and nurses, dentists

  • 3D printing medical devices

  • Sanitation education around disease prevention

  • Natural and Local remedies 

  • Open source digital health apps  

TRAUMA HEALING

 

OLD MODEL

  • Individual trauma healing is seen as a last priority and receives little to no funding

  • Intergenerational, collective and cross-cultural trauma remains unaddressed causing cycles of abuse, depression, marginalization, and repeated conflicts

  • Any trauma healing that is provided by outside groups is generally from a foreign paradigm to those being treated

  • At best, the goal is survival, not thriving or resiliency

OUR MODEL

  • Trauma Healing is a priority, the foundation of rebuilding lives & ending harmful cycles

  • Employ innovative and cultural methodologies: music, art, somatics, story sharing.

  • Intergenerational and community healing Often involves bringing together disparate groups, economically or perpetrators and victims

  • Goal is not victim to survivor, but rather victim to victor - antifragility, thriving more because of what one has been through

EMERGENCY RELIEF

 

OLD MODEL

  • Charity paradigm: givers and receivers, culture of inequity, demoralizing

  • Impacted people are not allowed to help meet the needs of their community

  • International and government agencies require billions to import goods & services, aid becomes a business

  • Solutions are short term and unsustainable

OUR MODEL

  • Solidarity paradigm: we are equals, helping each other as one global family

  • Everyone has value, skills and abilities to work togetherfor the community

  • Asking impacted people what they need - collaborating on culturally appropriate solutions and needs rather than dictating

  • Solutions designed with an eye to sustainability and long term relationships & impact

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 Providing 40,000 meals to 2,000 Afghan refugees living in an abandoned train station without receiving support from any large aid groups

Providing 40,000 meals to 2,000 Afghan refugees living in an abandoned train station without receiving support from any large aid groups

 Moria Camp in Lesvos Greece

Moria Camp in Lesvos Greece

 Bottle Brick Houses at Sina - Just one example of innovative ways to build beautiful spaces.

Bottle Brick Houses at Sina - Just one example of innovative ways to build beautiful spaces.

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 Using yoga and trauma-informed education with a group of refugee children at a camp in northern Greece

Using yoga and trauma-informed education with a group of refugee children at a camp in northern Greece

 Afghan refugees waiting in line for food in Serbia

Afghan refugees waiting in line for food in Serbia

 Agriculture in Bidi Bidi

Agriculture in Bidi Bidi

 Waiting for the water truck, waiting in line for hours, often unable to get water

Waiting for the water truck, waiting in line for hours, often unable to get water

 Rain catchment roof with pipe leading to barrels at Opportunigees in Nakivale Settlement

Rain catchment roof with pipe leading to barrels at Opportunigees in Nakivale Settlement

 Refugees denied the opportunity to be of service to their community Serbia

Refugees denied the opportunity to be of service to their community Serbia

 Women learning entrepreneurial skills and preserving cultural tradition in Bidi Bidi

Women learning entrepreneurial skills and preserving cultural tradition in Bidi Bidi

 Without opportunities to learn, children lose years of education

Without opportunities to learn, children lose years of education

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 Injured elderly woman in Lesvos

Injured elderly woman in Lesvos

 Local doctors helping impacted citizens after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Local doctors helping impacted citizens after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

 
 
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EQUALITY, SOLIDARITY

When we look at the big picture, we see that all humans are one family.  We are at a turning point in history that requires us to transcend separation.  We are called to become something unprecedented: a united global citizenry, indivisible, built on a foundation of unity and a shared future.

LOVE, OPPORTUNITY, JOY

No matter what religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, economic status, body type, or skin color, within us all is the light of life.  This light unifies us beyond circumstance, identity and borders. It has the power to unite us, tear down walls, dismantle racial and economic hierarchy, and to build a new world free from the structural diseases of oppression and hatred. It is also the power within each of us to be a force of love in the world.

INTERDEPENDENCE, COLLABORATION

We humans share one world and everything that happens on it is intricately intertwined.  Every action, positive or negative, impacts the whole. The challenges we face are global. We must care for our planet and create innovative, sustainable solutions so that we can all survive and thrive. Through our work, we collaborate with people around the world as equals to pursue a sustainable future.


Displaced persons are not “refugees” they are simply “human beings seeking refuge” from war, persecution and natural disaster.


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Did you know?

1 IN 113

There are over 65 million refugees globally – that is one out of every 113 people on Earth.
Over 50% of refugees are under 18 years old.

17 Years

The average time spent in a refugee camp is seventeen years.
Some people are born and die without ever escaping life in a camp.

Innocent

A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. 
They're innocent and in danger.

 

They need our help.