Support The Walk today
On July 27th Little Amal began her walk. We need your help to ensure that she is able to make her way across Turkey and Europe to Manchester.
Support Little Amal through our Step Up appeal. Simply fill in the box on this web page to make a direct donation.
Every young refugee deserves a Good Chance of fulfilling their potential.
The average length of time that refugees remain displaced is 20 years. Even though almost half of all refugees are children, less than 2% of humanitarian aid goes towards education. Many young refugees have therefore been displaced and without education their entire lives. But the next potential world-transforming artist or scientist, the next Nobel prize-winner or peace-bringing world leader could be living in a refugee camp right now.
By celebrating cultural differences and shared humanity, Little Amal’s journey can help change the story for refugees and empower a potentially lost generation of refugee children.
If you are interested in sponsoring a particular country or leg of the journey that is meaningful to you, or talking in more detail about a gift/donation, please contact Philip Cowell.
“Little Amal’s Walk is one of the most compelling imaginative ventures we are likely to see across Europe. It’s especially appropriate that we should be invited to look at and think about the experience of a child facing massive challenges and sufferings – and to come to terms with the towering physical image of this child, telling us that what seems small and marginal in the world of complacent power and feverish competition is in fact of the most enormous moral and spiritual significance for every society involved.”
Dr Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury
From our Humanitarian supporters…
“Congratulations to Good Chance on organizing The Walk. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to raise awareness about forced displacement, which is at record levels and rising. Using the arts and education, which transcend borders, is the perfect way to do that. For 70 years, UNHCR has been protecting people forced to flee at the frontlines of emergencies, most recently the fallout from COVID-19. Our priority has been and remains to stay and deliver for refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. We will all be stronger and more effective in responding when we pull together, within societies and across frontiers.”
Matthew Saltmarsh, Senior Communications Officer, UNHCR
“Comic Relief believes in the power of storytelling to change lives and we are committed to supporting work that continues to highlight social injustices. By partnering on this important project, we want to help highlight the issues faced by millions of people as they are forced to flee conflict and persecution in pursuit of safety.”
Ruth Davison, Chief Executive, Comic Relief
“Karam Foundation is a proud supporter of The Walk because we believe that Little Amal’s journey represents the journeys of millions of young Syrians who have survived the trauma of war and displacement and yet are bursting with creativity and unlimited potential. We must all bear witness to the plight of refugees and welcome them as they make their way to new homes. Together we can build more peaceful communities and brighter futures.”
Lina Sergie Attar, CEO and Founder, Karam Foundation
“We are inspired to see communities come together all over the world in support of displaced people. Now more than ever, it’s vital to be creating unity.”
“The Walk is a powerful opportunity to foster humanity, equality and unity. These principles are crucial if we want to build a better, fairer and more peaceful world.”
David Lloyd Webber, International Communications Lead, Emergency
“The world is currently experiencing the greatest number of people fleeing violence and persecution since World War II, against a backdrop of a pandemic that disproportionately impacts marginalised communities. That’s why we’ve committed to supporting refugees and displaced populations as they leave their home countries and integrate within new communities. At Bloomberg, we believe that art can be a catalyst for change: Little Amal will highlight the plight of vulnerable refugee communities and will encourage government, civil society and the private sector to work hand-in-hand to ensure a coordinated, long-term response which supports those suffering today and builds the structures to ensure a more equitable future tomorrow.”
“Perhaps the biggest invisible price refugees pay each day and for the rest of their lives is that of mental health, often to devastating consequences. The Walk gives refugees a voice and visibility, a sense of pride and confidence. We know that being seen and heard will be a first step for so many. We feel privileged to join this journey.”
“Millions forced from their homes by bombs or fear of detention. Education cut short and families separated. Girls like Little Amal deserve for their stories to be told and for the world to take action. Little Amal’s journey will be a vivid reminder of so many who have been failed by world leaders.”
Anna Ridout, Director of Communications The Syria Campaign
Did you know?
- More people are living as refugees than at any time since World War II.
- Almost half of the world’s refugees are children, millions of whom are unaccompanied.
- The average length of time refugees remain without a home is 20 years, a lifetime for children who can lose their entire education and any chance of a better future.
- Less than 2% of all humanitarian aid funding goes to education.
- COVID-19 further threatens the potential of millions of young refugees. The impact is worse for young refugee women and girls who already have less access to education than young men and boys