The challenge

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A MISSING LINK IN THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Almost 60
million people are displaced worldwide,
forced by conflict
or prosecution
or forced by poverty or
climate change.
The problem gets
bigger every day.
50% are kids most without education
or any perspective
Camps are built as a temporary solution,
but displaced people stay much longer
– on average, 11.8 years.
Host countries don’t allow permanent
settlements, so tents are widely used.
Tents only give minor protection against
cold, heat, storms and insects.

Several initiatives tried to address the shelters issues faced by displaced family. The focus is mainly on improving the quality of tents. But there is a missing niche that is not sufficiently addressed; temporary but sturdy, sustainable larger shelters specifically for schools, training or community centres, medical wards or health posts and temperature-controlled warehouses.

The quest to create better shelters and environments for displaced people became our quest – the maggie quest!

Key Trends

Migration and refugee movements on the outskirts of Europe have gained unprecedented momentum in recent months. 

Extremism, poverty, land erosion and migration fuel further conflicts. And vice versa.  An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war between March 2011 and October 2015.

Extreme weather and natural disasters, heatwaves and droughts force far more people from their homes than wars. Global warming is to blame. 319 million hectares of Africa are vulnerable.