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Reduce, Reuse, Refugee

Providing an environmentally and socially sustainable refugee camp and camp center.

Sustainability and livability for refugees: There are currently, over 13 million refugees worldwide. More than 5 million live in refugee camps, often in the most squalid conditions. These camps often fail to provide the basic human rights of food, water, shelter, sanitation, security, education and health. The lack of facilities at these camps encourages refugees to return to their home countries to fight, or often to make the dangerous journey to Europe to look for a better life. But it doesn't have to be this way. We are attempting to create a sustainable refugee camp, not just in terms of environmental sustainability, but also in terms of social sustainability - creating communities and security for residents, and in terms of economic sustainability - creating opportunities for residents for jobs and economic independence. Until the time comes that it is possible for these people to return to their homes and rebuild their lives, creating a sustainable and livable place for refugees will give the dignity, respect and wellbeing that they deserve.

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