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About Us

The Village is building on our legacy as charity by launching a for-profit business to sit alongside and support our charitable initiatives. 

 

We envision a platform that emulates our world as it could be. A space built on the understanding that we are more alike than we are different. More alike than news stories and social media commentary would have us believe. More alike than our worst fears would suggest. 

 

To create this world we are calling on craft makers, storytellers, wellness experts, spiritual seekers, artists, filmmakers, adventurers and caretakers of the earth and its people. 

 

In The Village you will be able to shop in a sustainably curated marketplace, watch theatre and listen to music, take classes and workshops and explore points of view and places that you might not otherwise have access to. 

 

A portion of all profit goes back into our purpose initiatives, jump-starting economies locally and abroad, creating sustainable growth so that everyone can have a fighting chance, to have a fighting chance. 

 

If you'd like to be join us, please get in touch!

Inception Story

One evening, the children and I gathered in a circle and shared our stories. When the children spoke they did not speak about illness, poverty, violence or other scenarios commonly associated with their lives by the outside world. Instead, they spoke about the fear of being alone, the love for a sibling, the heartbreak of losing a parent and dreams for the future. Universal themes that could be found in any story the world over. 

 

I travelled for four years gathering people’s stories. I spoke with mothers in England, veterans in Oklahoma, ‘untouchables’ in India, shepherds in the remote mountains of Lesotho, men and women who’d been abducted and released by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, refugees in Palestine and along the Syrian border in Jordan.

 

The stories I heard were vastly unique, but all consisted of similar themes of love, loss, happiness, sadness, fear and hope which bridge the gap between culture, location and circumstance. These observations may sound obvious, yet at the crux of our suffering and challenges - from war, poverty and the destruction of the Earth - is an inability to see ourselves in others. This has left us, despite remarkable connectivity of social media, all lonelier and more isolated than ever, craving a global Village.

 

Dominique Sinagra, Founder & CEO

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The Village (Village of Forgiveness) Registered Charity No. 1186107 (England & Wales)

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