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40 Refugee-Focused Aid Initiatives

From Crowdsourced Security Apps to Robotic Life Preservers

— February 9, 2016 — Social Good
As the Syrian refugee crisis continues to intensify, there is a growing demand for aid initiatives that meet the needs of asylum seekers. Whether it is helping refugees make their journey to safety or helping them gain new skills once they arrive, there are a number of organizations working on ways to support those who are forced to flee their home.

For many refugees, simply leaving their home is the most difficult part of their journey. For instance, many Syrian refugees have made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean sea in order to reach the shores of Europe. To reduce the amount of lives lost during these journeys, organizations have come up with robotic flotation devices that save stranded swimmers, as well as wearable dwellings that provide temporary shelter to those on the shore.

For those refugees that have already settled abroad, there are a number of aid initiatives aimed at helping them start over. One example is a coding program that teaches employable skills. Another example is a tuition-free university that helps migrants build on existing credentials and earn new degrees.
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Charitable Meal-Sharing Apps
Charitable Meal-Sharing Apps
This App Collects Smartphone Donations to Help Feed Starving Children
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Crowdsourced Refugee Phrasebooks
Crowdsourced Refugee Phrasebooks
This Guide Helps Volunteers Respond to the Needs of Refugees
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Poverty-Fighting Food Apps
Poverty-Fighting Food Apps
Share the Meal is an App That Collects 50¢ to Help Feed Child Refugees
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Prejudicial Language Checkers
Prejudicial Language Checkers
This Tool is Designed to Point Out and Remedy Unconscious Prejudices
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Informative Refugee-Targeted Newspapers
Informative Refugee-Targeted Newspapers
This Arabic-Language Newspaper is Intended for Refugees
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Refugee Housing Platforms
Refugee Housing Platforms
The 'Refugee Hero' Platform Helps Migrants Find Temporary Accommodations
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Refugee Search Engines
Refugee Search Engines
'Google Fortunetelling' Sneakily Raises Awareness About Refugees
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Holiday Meal-Sharing Apps
Holiday Meal-Sharing Apps
The 'Thanksgiving for Syria' App Benefits Syrian Refugees
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Refugee-Supporting Schools
Refugee-Supporting Schools
This Online University Helps Migrants Further Their Eduction
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Refugee-Supporting Crowdsourcing Networks
Refugee-Supporting Crowdsourcing Networks
This Platform Helps Refugees Find Safety and Resources
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Refugee Coding Classes
Refugee Coding Classes
These German Entrepreneurs Launched a Refugee School for Computer Science
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Empowering Refugee Campaigns
Empowering Refugee Campaigns
The 'I Came by Boat' Campaign Aims to Celebrate Australian Refugees
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Crowdsourced Security Apps
Crowdsourced Security Apps
This App is Designed to Help Swedes to Guard Against Crime
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Refugee Rights Organizations
Refugee Rights Organizations
Asylum Access is Based in Oakland, California But Works World-Wide
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Asylum-Offering Apps
Asylum-Offering Apps
'Refugees Welcome' is a Site That Pairs Refugees with Host Citizens
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Refuge-Supporting Bike Shops
Refuge-Supporting Bike Shops
This Charitable Initiative Provides Refugees with Second-Hand Bikes
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Refugee Startup Labs
Refugee Startup Labs
The Project Offers Mentoring Programs and Funding to Business-Minded Migrants
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Refugee Baby Carriers
Refugee Baby Carriers
Carry the Future is Distributing Baby Carriers to Syrian Refugees in Greece
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LGBT-Friendly Refugee Shelters
LGBT-Friendly Refugee Shelters
This Center Provides Supports for LGBT refugees in Germany
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Charitable Fundraising Platforms
Charitable Fundraising Platforms
Generosity.com Lets You Raise Money For Charitable Causes
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Refugee Meal Deliveries
Refugee Meal Deliveries
This Food Delivery Service Hires Refugees to Cook Traditional Meals
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Roaming Refugee Restaurants
Roaming Refugee Restaurants
Mazí Mas Creates Employment for Migrant Women in London
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Refugee-Saving Floats
Refugee-Saving Floats
The Centifloat is An Emergency Flotation Device That Rescues the Stranded
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Easy-Access Donation Buttons
Easy-Access Donation Buttons
Google Added a 'Donate' Button to Help Aid in the Refugee Crisis
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Protective Drinking Bags
Protective Drinking Bags
The Wat'Bag Lines Jerrycans to Keep Delivered Drinking Water Clean
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Poignant Refugee Graffiti
Poignant Refugee Graffiti
Bansky's Steve Jobs Mural Depicts His Discontent With the Refugee Crisis
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Refugee Camp Pizza Delivery
Refugee Camp Pizza Delivery
This Pizza Delivery Service Reaches the 83,000 People at Zaatari Camp
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Refugee-Focused Employment
Refugee-Focused Employment
Transitions London is a Social Enterprise for Immigrant Professionals
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Upcycled Life Vest Matresses
Upcycled Life Vest Matresses
These Volunteers are Turning Old Life Vests into Beds for Refugees
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Refugee-Supporting Emojis
Refugee-Supporting Emojis
The 'Refugee Emojis' Helps Users Donate to a Good Cause
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Refugee-Housing Hotels
Refugee-Housing Hotels
This Socially Conscious Hotel Gives Young Refugees New Opportunities
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Robotic Life Preservers
Robotic Life Preservers
The EMILY Robot is Used to Save the Lives of Refugees at Sea
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Modular Relief Shelters
Modular Relief Shelters
This Adaptable Shelter Was Designed to Help Manage the Refugee Crisis
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Easy-Assemble Refugee Housing
Easy-Assemble Refugee Housing
The IKEA Flat-Pack Shelters Can Be Set Up in Just 4Four Hours
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Superior Swedish Shelters
Superior Swedish Shelters
Ikea is Designing Extensively Equipped Syrian Refugee Shelters
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Lightweight Wearable Dwellings
Lightweight Wearable Dwellings
This Multipurpose Garment Transforms into a Tent for Refugees
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Comprehensive Farming Kits
Comprehensive Farming Kits
The 'Farm from a Box' Contains Everything Needed to Run a Small Farm
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Low-Cost Refugee Camps
Low-Cost Refugee Camps
These Flat-Pack Homes Provide a Long-Term Solution for Housing Refugees
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Insulated Tents
Insulated Tents
The Thermo Tent is the World's First Fully Insulated Tent
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Recycled Refugee Residences
Recycled Refugee Residences
Agora Architects Created a Bamboo Structure to Help Fleeing Burmese
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