Malian refugee artisans are fusing their traditional skills with modern techniques to create innovative quality products that are sold through international markets. UNHCR has partnered with Afrika Tiss - a social enterprise that is helping develop a responsible handmade textile sector in West Africa - to enhance the artisans' sense of dignity and purpose by helping them preserve an age-old artisan trade, rebuild their livelihoods and connect to global markets
We Love Reading is a quick method of introducing reading in a fun way that is ideal for engaging out-of-school children. In Gambella, where over 332,000 South Sudanese refugees are hosted and school enrolment is low, the project is creating a generation of children who love, respect and enjoy books.
The INS programme has grown significantly since the Vodafone Foundation partnered with UNHCR in 2014 to connect schools in Dadaab camp. There are currently 31 schools spread out in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania where students are enjoying the benefits of connectivity and accessing a broader online world.
Majority of refugees and displaced communities live in places where digital networks and infrastructure are lacking or the available connectivity is too expensive. For this reason, UNHCR has teamed up with Microsoft to provide internet connectivity to refugees living in Dzaleka Camp.
UNHCR has partnered with a private gas company in Niger to establish a gas provision system across the Diffa Region where one third of the population is forcibly displaced. Now, this population is the best served rural area in the Sahel region in terms of access to gas.
In Diffa, UNHCR is working closely with local authorities and communities on a shelter project that is providing legal access to land for displaced families, while contributing to the local economy. Over 2,000 land parcels have been distributed as construction of sustainable long-term housing continues.
In Kigeme camp, refugee families are enjoying the benefits of using the Mimi Moto cook stove - a clean biomass-fuelled stove that dramatically reduces fuel consumption and exposure to harmful smoke emissions. UNHCR has partnered with Inyenyeri, a local renewable energy company, to provide 300 families with the energy-efficient stoves.
A farming project by One Love - a refugee cooperative in Tongagara refugee camp, is giving hope and food security to refugees. What started as a small poultry project has developed into a vibrant business that includes a piggery and an irrigation system that's improving agricultural conditions within the camp.