Meet Milana. You may recognize her as the spunky little brunette who stars in AT&T commercials.
Milana is a comedian and actress, but she’s also a haphazard humanitarian.
She recently traveled to Greece with the intention of vacationing with her dad, but she quickly realized just how ridiculous it was for her to relax when the country around her was dealing with a financial crisis and an influx of Syrian refugees they couldn’t support.
According to the UN, over 250,000 Syrians have died and 12 million citizens have been displaced. A total of 4 million have fled Syria, many of which have chosen to make the dangerous trek through Turkey and the Aegean Sea to the Greek island of Lesbos.
The refugees pay $1,500 to smugglers who transport them from Turkey to Lesbos in small rafts.
Instead of flying home, Milana decided she needed to go to Lesbos herself to see what she could do to help. “I don’t really know what I’m going to do, but I can’t do nothing.” she said. “I don’t want to be a passive citizen anymore. I wanna be a force for good.”
She flew over with a friend she met a few days prior at a refugee volunteer meeting in Athens. As they drove up to the island, the initial picturesque view made Lesbos appear like some beautiful resort—but the lifejackets scattered on the shore told a different story.
Watch Milana’s journey as she discovers the plight of the refugees in Lesbos and uncovers the amazing ways that we as individuals can use our time, money and voices to make a massive impact.
Share this video with your friends, and visit her new website CantDoNothing.org to learn what you can do to help.
As stated by Margaret Mead, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”