Category Archives: Shelter

The Rise of a Guru (Interview with Vinay Gupta)

By Jonathan Fredrickson You can never truly know where life will take you. If there is anything that I took away from my conversation with Mr. Vinay Gupta, it is that truth. On March 31, 2014, I spoke with Vinay … Continue reading

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“Hey there, Refugee. Here’s a Burlap Sack. Thanks for Coming.” (A Personal Account from the American Red Cross Global Refugee Simulation & Conference)

By: Amy Gorman “You are now a refugee from the country of Qinta. Here are two tokens that represent your sense-of-self. Don’t let anyone take those from you. And here’s a burlap sack to wear as a skirt. Good luck.” … Continue reading

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IKEA Solar Tents: A Revolution in Refugee Support Systems?

By Jonathan Fredrickson In 2009, an ambitious undertaking began under the auspices of the IKEA Foundation, Refugee Housing Unit, and the UNHCR. Looking back to the historic crisis that unfolded in the aftermath of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, these organizations … Continue reading

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Post Disaster Housing & Resettlement: What can we do?

by: Amy Gorman & Jonathan Fredrickson The Filipino national government estimates that the cost to rebuild from Super Typhoon Haiyan total more than $8.2billion over the course of the next 4 years. [1] Within this estimate, sheltering is by far the … Continue reading

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