How, exactly, can a FabLab help youth?

It was my first day at Tdh. I was sitting at a pretty desk in Switzerland with hot water, electricity and a box of chocolates. Tdh had given me millions of documents to read. I had a clear task – figure out how to use FabLabs to help young people in situations of conflict.

Everything about my life – the internet speed, the clarity of my task, the chocolate – was significantly better compared to Afghanistan. Or Somalia. I was happy.

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Time to learn new words

“Let’s first focus on IDP’s – perhaps we can produce some WASH items…”

“Isn’t DRC working on that? I think one of the guys at DAH knows.. Let’s check with him first!”

If you don’t know what’s going on here, welcome to the club.

According to UNHCR there were 68.4 6 million displaced people in 2017 – meaning these people are on the move, or in camps – most importantly, they are not ‘home’.

In 2017, 44,000 people were newly displaced every day. And for those of you new to all this (like me) the average time people spend ‘away from home’ (to say it in a nice way) is a staggering 18(!) years. If you are 36 (like me) that’s half of your life. And your entire youth.

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