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Jaz O'Hara
Founder at The Worldwide Tribe


O'Hara was born in Bromley in southeast London. She studied fashion, and initially worked for ethical clothing companies.

In August 2015 Jaz O'Hara was one of a group of friends that visited the so-called Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France, intending to make a documentary; shocked by what she found, she wrote a Facebook post that gathered over 65,000 shares overnight, leading to a fund-raising campaign. What started as a crowd-sourcing for a one-off trip to take some supplies to the Calais camp accumulated a huge volume of donations of physical goods (stored in multiple London warehouses, then taken to Calais in 40 vehicles), and raised £150,000 in a matter of weeks under the banner of CalAid.

As O'Hara's human rights activism extended beyond Calais, she founded, with her brother Nils, the Worldwide Tribe charity. Its activities have resulted in Wi-Fibeing installed in refugee camps in France and Greece, supported a search-and-rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea, and provided food, clothing, shelter and other support to people on the move elsewhere in Europe and in the Middle East, including an arts project in Jordan.

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