The outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011 has since created one of the most devastating humanitarian disasters in the world.
According to U.N. reports, an estimated 13.5 million Syrians are either internally displaced, or are refugees outside of Syria. Due to the size of the refugee population, refugee camps are often faced with the challenge of caring for unprecedented numbers of inhabitants. Finding enough food, shelter, and water to accommodate thousands upon thousands of people in an arid, dry area often requires innovative solutions.
Across industries — from education to tech — professionals are answering the call to assist developing sustainable accumulations for refugees living in camps. An inspired, award-winning Jordanian architect by the name of Abeer Seikaly leveraged her skills as an architect, artist, and designer to engineer a life-transforming refugee tent. This life-saving and award-winning work is affectionately named “Weaving a Home.”
True to its name, Seikaly’s invention uses unique, high-strength structural fabric to create a home that easily relocates with it’s owners. Meanwhile, it simultaneously serves as a source of water for sanitation. Abeer also ensured that each home could absorb solar energy to transform it into electric energy, which is then transferred to special batteries.
With the home’s advanced features, Abeer and her team of strategic developers hope to address many of the basic needs of people living in refugee camps.
It doesn’t take an architect or a designer to understand the powerful impact Seiklay and her team intend to have on the lives of the many displaced Syrian refugees. In a world where professionals, particularly in the tech and engineering fields (we’re looking at you, Zuckerberg),refuse to own responsibility for their creations, Abeer and her team are presenting a rather stark contrast to that narrative.
Since its inception in 2013, “Weaving a Home” has brought to light the multifaceted ways by which people can utilize their skills for good. Abeer hopes that in time, “Weaving a Home” will be finalized and ready to serve!