While many organizations focus on immediate needs during a crisis — food, water and shelter — one group aims to share joy, laughter and fun with affected populations of all ages. Clowns Without Borders, an American based organization, has been visiting refugee camps and conflict zones since 1995 to put on performances and ensure that people, especially children, are able to find happiness even in incredibly difficult situations.
More than 40 million people around the world have been displaced by conflict and other emergencies. Many of them end up sleeping under tarps and tents in terrible living conditions, far from the homes they once knew. Now, an architect named Abeer Seikaly has come up with a new shelter design.
Did you know that it only costs $0.50 to feed a child for a whole day? The World Food Programme is making this fact known far and wide through its new mobile app, ShareTheMeal, which is now available for Apple and Android users. It has already been dubbed as “the world’s first app against global hunger.”
Flowminder, a Swedish nonprofit, has developed a technology that uses position data from SIM cards to track the movement of people. With a focus on assisting vulnerable low and middle-income countries at scale, the organization collects, aggregates and analyzes anonymous mobile operator data – through cooperation with mobile companies – and data from satellites and household surveys.
When we think about the needs of refugees, we usually think of basics such as food, water, clothes, and shelter. But in recent weeks, new images have arisen of refugees arriving in Europe by boat, toting smartphones and taking selfies.
Nearly every day for the past few months, newspapers and television broadcasts have been full of headlines about the current refugee crisis. Tens of thousands of people are being displaced from their homes and seeking better lives across borders and seas. While plenty of journalists have been covering this, few refugees have been given the opportunity to tell their own stories. Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information is changing that.
The UNHCR has introduced and promoted the use of mud stoves and biomass briquettes in the Nakivale refugee camps in Uganda through its Briquette-Making Project, a simple innovation that is having a major impact for women and children in the camp.
We are inundated with headlines, videos, photos and stories detailing the current refugee crisis. While a daunting and seemingly insurmountable issue for global leaders, people around the world have taken the politics out of the situation and work to provide solutions of their own. Here we showcase current initiatives in three European countries.
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.
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.