29th September – 6th October 2019
Join Caritas to reach out to migrants and refugees
around the world through different art forms.
When your Caritas group has staged its creative event, share it with us. Tell us how you engaged creatively with migrants, refugees and the wider community and show off your art.
There’s a How-To Guide if you need some help and inspiration deciding what to do.
Share the Journey has created tools to make your campaign advocacy
even more creative for the Global Week of Action 2019.
Use these posters to spread the word about the Global Week of Action.
All the assets you’ll need to post content about the Global Week of Action on social media.
Humans have always been on the move. And they’ve always been creative. Painting, music, drama, writing and more. The arts bring us together and open our hearts and minds. Creativity makes us human.
Caritas is harnessing creative energy to promote Pope Francis’ “culture of encounter”, building stronger communities and relationships between migrants, refugees and their hosts.
Advocating with art refutes myths and misunderstandings and makes us ask the question – who are we to each other?
Caritas groups in over 160 countries worldwide will host artistic events and activities for the Global Week of Action 2019. A Global Wave of Action will then continue for the next 2 years.
Go where your creative energy flows! The Global Week of Action 2019 is all about the power of artistic creativity – so let your imagination run free and enjoy yourselves as your event brings positive attention to migration.
The thousands of faces in Caritas’ collage are those of migrants, refugees, Caritas staff and supporters, of ordinary people from all over the world. Together as a real-life giant collage, the faces form the image of a woman named Nasrin. She works with Caritas Bangladesh, caring for Rohingya children in the refugee camps they call home.
There’s a digital version of the collage – you can paste in faces which mean something special as part of an artistic action or event.
See what artistic actions people from around the world have been taking.
Early adopters of art and creativity as effective ways to promote activism.
Newcomers and hosts writing poems about the migration journey.
Artistic creativity promoted skills, integration and empowerment for refugees.
Customising the Caritas Collage for artistic activism.
Singaporeans and migrants came together for a day of “Spiritual Living Through Art”.
Set up drawing and painting classes ahead of a competition for young migrants and refugees.
Refugee children wrote a play starring the shadow puppets they made.
Unaccompanied migrant children used theatre to share their journeys.
Caritas in northern Italy helped migrants express the suffering of their journeys through drama.
Caritas in Greece has embraced both painting and photography as ways for migrants and refugees to communicate and bring colour to their lives.
Supporters from a bikers’ club rode a suitcase between parishes, filling it with letters written by migrants.
Young advocates turned a painting from Latin America into a banner advocating on behalf of migrants and refugees.
Migrants drew their stories, hopes and feelings into pictures at the international bus station.
Share the Journey was launched by Pope Francis in September 2017. It’s a campaign by Caritas to promote his “culture of encounter” between migrants and refugees and established communities, strengthening them, confronting prejudice and recognising our common humanity.
The Global Week of Action is the annual highpoint of the campaign, when Caritas groups and supporters carry out special actions and events. These are intended to bring new and old members of communities together, to break down barriers and to enjoy each other’s company. In 2019, the GWA has the theme of activism through all forms of creative arts – asking the question “Who are we to each other?”
This year, the GWA runs from 29th September to 6th October. Many events are likely to be held on Sunday 29th itself – the new date for the Catholic Church’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees. 2019 is the 105th year that this day has been marked.
Caritas member organisations and supporter groups in many of the more than 160 countries where it operates will be staging events and activism. You can check with your national Caritas organisation – go to www.caritas.org to find their contact details.
Caritas continues to pledge to put migrants, refugees and the communities they have moved to and from at the heart of its Share the Journey campaign. Their voices are at the heart of Caritas’ work. But we welcome everyone who wants to understand and support people on the move and the building of stronger communities.
There are national Caritas organisations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, North America and Oceania. Contact them or Caritas in your local diocese and they will welcome you to the actions they are hosting.
Yes, there are! Download our How-To Guide and check out the Share the Journey Global Week of Action Toolkit. The Toolkit has resources such as social media flyers, email banners and posters for you to use.
Yes, there is! Download the fantastic image of the Caritas collage of faces and post and share it.