About Us

Rise For Lives is a global youth peace movement. It was founded by 18-year-old Timi Barabas in New Zealand in July 2020 with the hope of inspiring people to stand up in unity for peace in war-torn countries. Timi, our international CEO, was joined by director and researcher Beth Claire in February 2021, who is now the Deputy Executive Director at Rise For Lives.

 

Timi, Beth, and Rise For Live's international team of young leaders are determined to empower more young people and global changemakers to stand up for peace.

- You can learn more about our team here.

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Rise For Lives aims to encourage our international community to work together in a united, educated, and harmonious way for global peace - promoting resolution discussions amongst students worldwide. Through direct action and education on humanitarian affairs, we, as leaders of tomorrow, aspire to create a peaceful world for our future generations.

Our work

Rise For Lives has been fundraising in schools since our inception. Since then we’ve expanded to 10+ cities around Aotearoa and counting. In 2022 we’re resuming student outreach by organising school communities and clubs dedicated to justice and peace in alignment with our goals.


With the support of Rise For Lives, students are enabled to host educational and fundraising events to aid humanitarian crises. Many of our own volunteers are paving the way and hosting events outside of their schools to help fundraise for the organizations we work with, including Save the Children NZ.

In late 2020 and 2021 we organized and held school-wide fundraising drives in schools around New Zealand, where we raised thousands that went towards Save The Children. As a part of this initiative we held educational events at schools with speakers and other activities that helped educate young people about humanitarian crises. We had over 3000 young people directly participating both from primary and high schools across the country.

In February 2021 we ran our first National Peace Walk for Yemen which over 10 cities from around New Zealand participated in. Cities included Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Auckland, Blenheim, Hamilton, Invercargill. Our peace walk was fully non-political and its purposes were to raise awareness about the Yemeni crisis and encourage our government to take more action to help restore peace in Yemen. In March of 2021, we were amplified by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Yemen where our successes in the coordination of 10+ national events were recognised.

In April 2021 some of our members were invited to speak at the Young Labour Conference at the University of Auckland so that youth supporting the Labour Party could learn more about what they could do when working with the New Zealand government to help reduce crises. We are fully non-partisan and give speeches at many kinds of events.

R4L Values

  • Respect and acceptance of all cultures, religions, appearances, ethnicities, and differences.

  • Denouncing discrimination, judgment, criticism or hate.

  • Equality and love for everyone.

  • Empathy and compassion towards everyone.

  • Practicing and promoting peace, harmony, and mediation.

  • Love and respect for all people, regardless of culture, sexual or gender identity, appearance, ethnicity, social status, skin colour, beliefs, religion, or economic status

  • Political neutrality.

  • Unity in standing for love, peace and harmony.

  • Condemnation of violence in any of its forms.

  • Integrity, honesty, and transparency.

  • Equity and equality in all things.

  • Access to education, food, and clean water for everyone, and a safe, peaceful country, home, and environment to live in.

  • Freedom from sexism and environments in which people are oppressed because of their gender or sex.