She calls herself a butterfly princess. Media calls her a Syrian statistic. Her version's better.
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She calls herself a butterfly princess.


And she's the best butterfly princess in all of the land. Images via CARE.

But to the media, she's only one thing: a refugee.





It's a scene that's far too common.

Since 2011, around 4 million Syrian people have been forced to flee to neighboring countries because of a dangerous conflict. As they seek safety elsewhere and try to start over, they often get labeled as "refugees" and referred to as one big number in the media: "4 million Syrians." But they are far more than just a number — they are their own individuals.

In this new video from CARE, a group of Syrians challenge the way they are perceived by showing you how they see themselves. Turns out we have a lot in common.

They are mothers, brothers, hair stylists, photographers, students, storytellers, and butterfly princesses. Heck yes. And those are just a few.

We are all individuals with our own personalities, careers, struggles, hopes, and dreams. But even then, we're not actually that different. We are here in this world together, waking up, going to sleep, and trying to figure out life in between the two.

Take a minute to challenge the way you think about labels and what "different" means.

It's easy to assume what someone else's life is like. Maybe try this approach instead? (I know I will!)

Better humans. Together. =)

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.