Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire and philanthropist, has decided to “be the change” and help remedy the Syrian refugee crisis by purchasing an island in the Mediterranean to provide a new home to those displaced by the civil war.
Money is a form of energy, and can only be as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ as the intention behind it. While some demonize the desire to attract large amounts of wealth, others recognize it as a tool that can come in handy during times of crisis. An example of such thought is shared below.
As The Jerusalem Post reports, Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire and philanthropist, has decided to “be the change” and help remedy the Syrian refugee crisis by purchasing an island in the Mediterranean to provide a new home to those displaced by the civil war.
He put out a bid on Twitter, saying: “Greece or Italy, sell me an island.” In another tweet, he suggested calling the island “Aylan” after the Syrian boy who made international headlines when pictures surfaced of his drowned body washing up on a shore in Turkey.
In an interview with CNN, he claims there are dozens of empty and available islands off the Greek or Italian coast that could easily handle 100,000 – 200,000 people.
”It is a very simple solution. They sell the island to me and I’ll make a temporary shelter for these people,” Sawiris stated.
“All I need is permission to put these people on this island. I don’t need any more from them. I’ll pay them for the island, I’ll provide the jobs, I’ll take care of logistics,” he said.
Naguib Sawiris heads Orascom, a diverse company spanning transportation, construction, and communications, which is Egypt’s largest private sector employer.
His family has been active in helping Egyptians through their foundation for over 14 years. The organization provides scholarships, training and job placement for people, as well as awards prices for Egyptian literature.
If only all entrepreneurs were as inspired to “do good” as Sawiris.
Thankfully, an outpouring of kindness is being witnessed all around the world. For example, when Iceland’s Government capped the number of Syrian refugees at 50, over 10,000 residents offered up their homes. And amazingly, when refugees flood into Munich, Germany, so much aid poured in, the police became “overwhelmed” and asked the German populace to kindly “stop.”
One thing is for certain: If those who are inspired to create a greener, healthier, and more compassionate Earth continue to work together to resolve present crises, positivity will prevail and good will be realized from the struggles.
This story was originally published on True Activist.