Today in the world an unprecedented number of people is forced to flee from violence and persecution. Millions of families no longer have a home and find themselves forced to live in refugee camps or in unacceptable conditions in the peripheral areas of urban contexts.
The project Rothko in Lampedusa is combined with a special fundraising initiative
for the installation in Niger, Chad, Iraq and Tanzania of Refugee Housing Units (RHU), advanced housing solutions, the result of a research and development project undertaken by the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation with the UNHCR, thanks to the support of the IKEA Foundation. The RHUs, composed of a skeleton in light steel and panels in polymeric material, are equipped with internal dividing walls, doors and windows, an insulating floor, a solar powered unit. They can accommodate up to 5 people each. Each RHU costs 1,200 euros and is designed to last three years if basic maintenance is provided. It is therefore a cost-effective solution to help families who have had to leave their homes.
UNHCR is grateful to the partners who have chosen to donate RHU to refugees in Niger.