Wars, persistent civil conflict and natural disasters have now forced an unprecedented 70 million people to flee their homes, causing one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. Of these, 25.5 million people have crossed the borders of their countries looking for international protection and are designated as ‘refugees’. They remain in exile for an average of 17 years, according to current figures.
Local laws and policies in these hosting countries often prevent refugees from working or moving freely, condemning them to an undignified state of dependence on international charitable aid. This results in a harrowing period of long-term stasis in which survival is barely guaranteed, while the wealth of talent, passion and drive that refugees could contribute remains unproductive both for themselves and their hosting communities.
The Andan Foundation aims to increase self-reliance of refugees by unleashing the human capital through education, entrepreneurship and employment.