Imagine if you had a chance to help people along the way, impacting the lives of everyone you meet along the way.
This was a reality for one man named David. Traveling to 440 cities in 110 countries. He began his journey without a destination. Allowing destiny to lead the way.
As fate, would have it. He always ended up at the right place at the right time to witness history and to capture those moments and the struggle of every citizen with the lens of his camera. He happened to be in Cairo as the people of Egypt started a revolution to reclaim their destiny. He was in Istanbul, as the people of Turkey marched in Taksim Square. Ended up in Kiev, as the people of Ukraine demanded an end to a corrupt president. Marched with the people of Mexico City on October 3rd.
He never chose his destiny. Destiny chooses him. For him it was not just about being a photographer and capturing the moments… but to impact the lives all those whom destiny put in his path, with every conversation and every interaction. He preferred to stay in youth hostels, so that he could spend his time with backpackers and young travelers, because they often need the most help. Providing them with travel tip, guidance and financial assistance if need be. He met a stranded Italian student in a New York City hostel who was expelled from her UN program and had no way of getting back home. He gave her his credit card to purchase a $750 flight back to Venice, Italy. In Panama City, Panama, he met a German student who was robbed at the bus station, she needed a phone… he gave her his phone.
He even began a travel contest on his Facebook, selecting a young traveler in each country he visited to receive $10,000 so that they could continue their journey.
While visiting displaced Syrians at a refugee camp, he decided to invest his time for the betterment of the displaced. Nearly 60 million people around the world were displaced from their homes because of war, conflict or persecution last year, a level not seen since World War II.
It is hard to process numbers that large, and the many tragic stories behind them. So, David decided to bring his journey to a pause on January 2017, to return home to the Los Angeles and publish a photobook of the images he captured so that everyone who desires to make a difference can be a part of his journey. Proceeds from this book will go to the displaced people worldwide.
To promote this cause a video was made and translated to 16 languages
video website: www.thedisplaced.org
He started a campaign on generosity.com The Displaced: Journey into the Heart to support this cause. Your donations will help make this book a reality. Proceeds from the book will go towards Refugees and displaced persons. There are currently 65.3 million displaced people worldwide. There are displaced people in every country, from Ukraine, to Russia, to the State of Israel, to Colombia, to Brazil and yes there are even displaced people in the United States of America.
He created this campaign with one objective; to create a defining moment where like-minded individuals who have common goals come together; to make a difference in other people’s lives.
There is no limit to what we can achieve, if we work together. Imagine if we could help as many as we can through the sale of this book for the year 2017?
Let this be our New Year's resolution.