Today, almost 80 million people are displaced around the world. While it is impossible to fully comprehend what it is like to be forced from your home and live as a refugee, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA invites you to host a Walk a Mile in My Shoes Refugee Awareness Exercise.
This community engagement event provides individuals and communities with an opportunity to raise awareness by pausing and experiencing, if only vicariously and for a few moments, the frustrations, disappointments and hopes that refugees around the world face. Gather your family, friends, classmates, or fellow parishioners and see what it might be like to Walk a Mile in a refugee’s shoes.
With social distancing measures in place, it may be difficult to gather your community, but you can still host a refugee awareness exercise, and we’ve put together a resource to help you virtually gather and Walk a Mile.
This is a sample of one of the info tables from Fairfield University’s Walk a Miles in My Shoes event in fall 2020. This event was held outside with proper social distancing and was also presented online for students participating from home.