How Baby Carriers Make Life Easier for Syrian Refugees

Carry the Future helps refugee families with small children.

Sep 12, 2016

A happy mother with her donated baby carrier (Haley Weston Sides, Facebook)

Cristal Logothetis wanted to help. Upon discovering the challenging circumstances that Syrian refugees have had to endure on their routes to safety, Logothetis felt she had to take action. Many of the refugees walk hundreds of miles, carrying their babies and children in their hands through treacherous conditions. A mother herself, Logothetis immediately understood what a huge help baby carriers would be for those in need - and so the 32-year-old Californian launched an Indiegogo campaign to help with funds to transport donated carriers to the Greek island of Kos.

The overwhelming response via social media led to headlining news, and donations came pouring in. With such immense initial feedback (3,000 donated carriers and over 700% of her fundraising goal), Logothetis knew she was on the brink of truly being able to make a difference, and founded the organization Carry the Future.

Now a team of dedicated volunteers from across the globe travels monthly from the US packing carriers and other humanitarian aid as their luggage, distributing it directly to the refugees in person, as well as an on-site volunteer staff that lives near the refugee camps and follows up with providing immediate needs, including "Baby Boxes" filled with essential items for mothers and newborns like mosquito net, diapers, newborn clothing, toys and swaddle blankets, hygiene items for mothers and baby wash.

One year later, "Carry the Future" is 100% volunteer-run, supported by over 5,000 active volunteers with one common goal: to revolutionize the way aid is distributed around the world.

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ELIANNA BAR-EL, CONTRIBUTOR
Elianna has a background in English literature and psychology and works as an editor and freelance wardrobe stylist. She writes on travel, fashion, food and inspiring people.

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