Minimalist Hygiene Kits Provide Solutions For Refugees

Minimalist Hygiene Kits Provide Solutions For Refugees

An art student creates a product specifically designed to help refugees

Jiwon Kim
  • 15 june 2016

According to the UNHCR, the number of refugees in the world is the highest it has ever been. One of the biggest concerns associated with the refugee crisis is the inhumane conditions of refugee camps around the world. John Godfrey, a student at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), felt the need to respond to this issue when he volunteered at the Calais refugee camp in France. Witnessing the terrible sanitation and hygiene problems refugees face led him to create a product specifically designed to assist this group of people.

There are three types of this small, minimalist kit. Godfrey created three separate types of kits, catering to women, men and children. The design is intended to make it easy for transportation and takes up little storage room. Kits contain hand soap, toothpaste, a torch and other goods that prevent and alleviate sanitation and hygiene issues. Although this kit cannot change cramped conditions or water quality problems, it may alleviate some of the problems that refugees face.

The business model that drives this plan is the “buy one, give one” approach that has become popular over the years. Every time a kit is purchased, another will be donated directly to refugee camps located around Europe. Godfrey plans to sell these at music festivals to raise awareness and get younger generations involved in resolving this global problem. Since most people are removed from experiencing the conditions within refugee camps, it is a good way to get people directly donating to this cause. Money goes straight into providing a kit to someone in need.
Although constantly reported in the news, the growing refugee crisis still needs to be addressed. Refugees have difficulty finding countries and camps to temporarily resettle in. Even when they find a way to stay at a camp, refugees are crammed into little spaces without access to basic necessities for daily survival. Although awareness of these conditions continue to grow, the politics behind the issue leave millions struggling to survive. Hopefully, more solutions like this kit will emerge to provide a healthy life for this group of people who no longer have a place to call home.


Images: John Godfrey

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