In this interview, we meet Kayra Martinez, founder of Love Without Borders For Refugees In Need. You’ll hear how ONE woman harnessed her desire to help refugees in need to form a not-for-profit that has since helped thousands of refugees living in...
In this interview, we meet Kayra Martinez, founder of Love Without Borders For Refugees In Need. You’ll hear how ONE woman harnessed her desire to help refugees in need to form a not-for-profit that has since helped thousands of refugees living in camps in Greece.
Kayra learned by apparent accident, when she supplied crayons and paper to kids living in the refugee camps. She discovered that kids who had stopped speaking were able to connect once again -- and that adults were able to move through some of their greif and start to heal. She formed this Non-Governmental, volunteer-based 501(c)(3) organization so she could fund their creations, support their livelihood and help them get a fresh start.
Each person she serves receives art supplies and training with artist-led workshops so they can learn to express themselves through art. You can browse her etsy shop (link below) and choose a piece of their art for yourself or as a gift! 100% of the proceeds go back to the artist to help them get on their feet again.
Thus far her work has positively impacted thousands of displaced refugees. She has even begun to help find housing for them, while fundraising to support their education so they can gain new skills and build a brighter future in a new land. Her organization has also launched a fundraiser via gofundme: The Wahid Wahid project, which provides long-term accommodations and retraining support to help refugees build a brighter future.
Founder and Executive Director
Kayra Martinez is the founder of Love Without Borders For Refugees in Need. Through this not-for-profit Kayra has leveraged the power of art, and aims to provide refugees in Greek camps, shelters, and housing communities with a source of emotional expression and economic self-empowerment while giving them a platform to spread awareness of the conditions in which they live and their varied and largely unmet needs. The art is sold through her Etsy shop - where 100% of the profits go directly to the refugee artist in need.