Makers Unite and Refugee Nation join forces to create both jobs and awareness for refugees
Life-vests turned into refugee support flags
To mark the sixth anniversary of the Syrian revolution, Makers Unite and The Refugee Nation this week announced a partnership to generate employment opportunities for refugees that honour the Syrian Journey.
Makers Unite, one of the five winners of the WDCD Refugee Challenge, is gathering thousands of life-vests used by migrants crossing into Greece and hiring refugees themselves to create refugee support flags. Each flag serves as a powerful symbol of hope and solidarity with refugees around the world, and proceeds go directly to further refugee employment.
Awareness and a new life
‘It is our hope that by hiring refugees to create the refugee flag, we will help both to provide people in need with the necessary means to start a new life, and increase global awareness for this important cause,’ said Thami Schweichler, Director and Co-Founder of Makers Unite. ‘We are honoured to work with The Refugee Nation on this initiative to stand with the thousands of displaced people around the world who have bravely escaped war, persecution or natural disasters.’
The Refugee Nation is the creator of the refugee flag. The life vest-inspired flag was designed by the refugee artist Yara Said during the Rio 2016 Olympics to represent the refugee athletes competing in the games and engage the world to support them. The flag, which was considered to be one of the most headline-making designs of 2016 was acquired a few months back by the Victoria & Albert museum in London.