What makes RISE different?


While other programs and organizations reach refugees by providing them with tangible, basic needs, RISE is looking to reach refugees through creativity, inspiration, and hope. Refugees had goals and aspirations prior to their displacement, yet other organizations don't take this into account. Think back—when you have felt your happiest? We all feel happiest when we are doing what we love, pursuing our passions. This is the goal behind RISE. We want refugees to experience the escape and happiness that come with passion. We want to remind refugees that they have not lost everything.

With every item that your purchase from our online store, a similar item goes directly to a refugee. Each item is meant to revive the passions and dreams that refugees may have lost along the way, serve as a potential occupation or profitable skill, and alleviate the severe rise in mental illness such as depression and PTSD. Research shows that investing your time in an activity that you enjoy has psychological and emotional benefits. RISE aspires to bring that internal happiness and hope to refugees.