In November 2015, co-founders Xander Schultz and Zoë Pappis spent a month volunteering on Lesvos at the height of the refugee crisis.
Throughout their first trip, a couple things became clear.
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Looking for a way to generate awareness about the crisis and raise funds to continue supporting displaced people on Lesvos, Zoë looked at the thousands of life vests strewn across the beaches and saw an opportunity to do both.
By March 2016, WWBT was selling life-vest bracelets, driving funds back to the island and helping people share the story of the refugee crisis. At the time, funds primarily supported community initiatives at the Kara Tepe refugee camp.
Our work on the island
In 2019, WWBT partnered with Team Humanity to help build out their Hope and Peace Center - a safe space for women and children staying at the notorious Moria refugee camp. To increase WWBT's ability to support, the organization became a fiscally sponsored non-profit, raising donor dollars and leading its' first donor site-visit to Lesvos island.
2020 will see WWBT move from funder to operator, with plans to rent properties near the Moria refugee
camp and transform them into desperately needed community resources - the first of which being a
health clinic in partnership with Doctors Without Borders as a response to the pandemic.
We thank you for your interest in our organization and your consideration in supporting our work.