Sustainable Schools for Refugees

In refugee camps across Jordan — which house just over half a million refugees — permanent schools are being built to help ensure children are able to succeed. The majority of refugees live in small, poorly built tents, but architects have partnered with nonprofits to design and implement new, innovative buildings that will not only last, but help improve livelihoods.

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Campus-Asyl Warmly Welcomes Refugees to Germany

Ongoing civil war and violence have displaced thousands of people in the Middle East and Africa, and many are seeking a new home in Europe. While a great number of European citizens have openly welcomed refugees, others have been visibly hostile towards them. The organization Campus-Asyl serves as one example of German solidarity with the recent upsurge in refugee resettlement.

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Are Refugee Camps Hotbeds of Innovation?

Syrians flooding into the Za’atari refugee camp have made it Jordan’s fourth largest city, with over 83,000 displaced residents. They are victims of the worst humanitarian disaster of our time and face an uncertain future as the civil war continues to drive more people from their homeland. While resources in the camp are often scarce, a new project from the Fab Foundation helps residents share experiences, learn new skills, and connect with a global network to tackle daily challenges.

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Seeking Refuge: One Organization is Transforming Emergency Shelter

“It all boils down to cost. There are raised flooring systems readily available, but nothing is affordable enough for mass implementation. We worked backwards from affordability…and focus exclusively on the provision of clean, dry flooring…for less than $2 per square foot.” – Scott & Sam, Good Works Studio

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The Resilient Refugee and the Power of Art

It’s Thursday evening. You hear rumbling overhead. Dust in your mouth. A rotted out building with shredded material barely conceals the rhythmic thumping inside. Peek past the tattered window shade and you see a trampoline, dirty mattresses lining the floor below a trapeze, juggling paraphernalia and a lone unicycle. Welcome to the Al Jalazon Refugee Camp.

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How Google can Help during Times of Crisis

In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, chaos ensues. Communications infrastructure is often badly damaged or destroyed, complicating the frantic search to account for loved ones. Without knowing where a person is or how to reach them, they’re no longer just a phone call away. Google Person Finder can be a lifeline during such situations. It helps speed up the search by acting as a forum for people affected by a disaster to provide details on missing persons.

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The Global Southern NGO Network: A Long Overdue Idea

The term ‘capacity-building’ has become popular in development circles, particularly in the context of partnering with southern NGOs to improve knowledge and ownership of development initiatives. However, concrete efforts to allow southern NGOs a greater voice have been relatively weak. In April 2015, an African NGO called Adeso released a report outlining the need for a global network of southern NGOs. On the heels of the report, Adeso has announced their aim to do just that.

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Syria’s First Responders

    It is rare that an uplifting story emerges from Syria. In the midst of an intractable civil war that has been raging for nearly four years, the White Helmets first responders are voluntarily rushing to each bombing and clawing through the rubble to save lives. Unpaid and armed simply with white construction helmets, the Syrian Civil Defense, also …

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Quake Survivors Utilizing Open-Source Technology in Nepal

In the three weeks since Nepal’s Kathmandu valley region was rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, UNOCHA – who does what where and when have been tasked with search and rescue, and the provision food, health and shelter for thousands of people. The quake affected 3 districts, 5 municipalities, over 130 wards. Many of these communities are situated in remote and inaccessible regions have been the last to receive aid. In a local effort to bring relief to these communities more quickly, a local organization, backed by a US organization is utilizing open map technology to make visible remote communities, open spaces for logistical operations to set up, and to highlight any and all areas that might hinder or help the relief effort.

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When Hell Freezes Over: Challenges for Cold Climate Response

  This article originally appeared on the Humanitarian Coalition’s Relief to Recovery blog here.   Storm Zeina swept through the Middle East in January and left over 400,000 Syrian refugees out in the cold in Lebanon. There, 1 in 5 residents are Syrian refugees living in formal and informal settlements, unfinished shelters are collapsing under the weight of snow and …

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