WHO WE ARE
In 2016, it was estimated that 362,000 refugees and migrants risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea hoping to find a new home. This humanitarian crisis has lead in 2017 to over 2,700 people that are estimated to have died or gone missing along their journey away from homes.
For many refugees, Greece represents a shelter from the danger they're trying to escape from, particularly the island of Lesvos, which received 57% of total arrivals by sea in Greece in 2015. Unfortunately, not all areas in Lesvos are properly equipped to host refugees, lacking access to some basic needs, like electricity, sanitation, and heating.
Addressing this issue, Energy for Refugees (EfR) started as a student initiative in February 2018, formally established as a nonprofit organization a year later.
The refugee problem is a humanitarian crisis which has left NGOs overburdened with responsibilities. This project wants to address one of the most important problems in the refugee camps in Greece: access to cheap and reliable energy.
Our purpose is to use sustainable technologies to solve this problem, making a real impact on refugee camps. We want to improve people’s lives in the camps, contribute to solving the energy problem which will allow sustainable development. We aim to reduce the dependency on public parties and make the camps more autonomous while engaging the camp residents for setting up this system and later maintaining it by themselves.
EfR is run by TU Delft students who put their engineering skills to use for people in vulnerable conditions in refugee camps. The team consists of students from different background and cultures.
Solar Energy International
The Invisible Man
Martin and Carol
We want to thank the amazing people (some anonymously) that provided us with technical and economic support to make this project happen!
You can still donate directly to our bank account below:
Stichting Energy for Refugees
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Robert G. Ingersoll