Yank Barry Has a Heart

He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, but that’s only part of the story when it comes to Yank Barry‘s philanthropic efforts. The fact is, his hands-on work for the poor has brought him many other awards and accolades from all corners of the world, including humanitarian awards from India, Côte D’Ivoire, the Bahamas and Mexico. Just last year, Yank and Yvette Barry received the Childhelp International Achievement Award.

He has been at this since 1995, when he created his global hunger initiative, Global Village Champions Foundation. So far, over the course of two decades, that organization has served more than one billion meals to hungry people throughout the world. Yank Barry’s philanthropy doesn’t just involve writing checks and letting others do the hard work. He and his wife Yvette actually place themselves on the front lines when they aid people caught in crisis, getting their hands dirty when they provide food, shelter, medical supplies or whatever else they need to rebuild their lives.

Yank Berry, Philanthropist

Once a musician and an entrepreneur, these days it is Yank Barry’s philanthropy that draws the most notice. It all started when Yank noticed the appalling conditions many people lived in as he was traveling the world on business. That led him to doing extensive work with numerous charities around the world.

Yank Barry estimates that his work with his global hunger initiative, the Global Village Champions Foundation, has provided more than one billion meals to hungry people throughout the world over 20 years. One thing that makes his approach different than most is that he and his wife Yvette don’t just give money and have someone else do the hard work; they put themselves out there on the front lines when helping people, often in places others won’t go. That includes helping and saving thousands of refugees from war torn Syria, Iraq and Iran from groups as lethal as ISIS. It’s easy to write a check; it’s a lot harder to actually place yourself on the line for people in need. That is why Tank Barry has received a number of awards and accolades, including three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yank Barry And The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Syrian Civil War began in 2011 and has been devastating the country ever since that time. Reports as of February 2016 suggest that more than 13 million Syrians have sought humanitarian help in the five short years, including more than 4 million of those individuals seeking refuge in other lands. Within the country, another 6 million have been displaced as a result of the war. Help has come to these families and persons in many forms — internal aid, placement within neighboring countries, etc. Philanthropist and businessman Yank Barry, founder of Global Village Champions Foundation, has assisted the humanitarian efforts directly as well during the last several years.

Barry’s heavy involvement in the Syrian refugee crisis has aided more than 1,200 people of all ages as they seek safe shelter from their homeland’s devastation. Alongside his organization, Barry has helped move individuals from refugee camps to the Global Village Refugee Safe-house in Sofia, Bulgaria, giving them new life and hope that wasn’t otherwise found during Syria’s turmoil. His invaluable work has helped bring education, medical aid and food to Syrians as they transition to new lives — lives with a fresh start away from war. Yank Barry’s ability to cut through political red tape and support from state agencies allowed for swift work in aiding 1,200 individuals thus far as he continues to make strides in saving others during this war-torn time.

Bulgaria, The Jewish Schindler, and Yank Barry

Gerald Barry Falovitch has been occasionally called “The Jewish Schindler” for his work on issues relating to refugees. He has helped to provide refuge for hundreds of people, especially from the Middle East, where conflicts have frequently put people in danger. Whether it was Christian Syrians, Kurds from Iran, or Iraqi Muslims, he has helped them one and the same. From his station in Bulgaria, he has helped numerous refugees and is always looking for ways to help more.

Gerald Barry Falovitch is perhaps better known by the name Yank Barry. He was the lead singer of the band The Kingsmen during the late 1960s. This was the band that popularized the major hit “Louie Louie” to the world. He has been privileged to work with well known artists throughout his music career, including Steve Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, Lionel Ritchie, Jimmy Hendrix, and plenty of others. This Canadian-born musician has been a fixture in the entertainment industry, but is also a foods-entrepreneur and a philanthropist working on refugee issues.

Yank Barry founded VitaPro Foods, which is a company that produces textured vegetable protein, which is increasingly being used as a meat substitute for those who cannot have, or do not want to have, meat. He also serves as the CEO of a successful company called ProPectin, which specializes in body-filter products which protect humans from radiation.