ReFOCUS Media Labs
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MISSION

refocus is dedicated to creating a global network of media labs to equip refugees with modern media creation skills, and to provide a platform to showcase original work and share their stories. Refocus continues to report from the front line of the crisis, and regularly engages in school communities with interactive events and media art installations.

 
 

MOTIVATIONS

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TEENAGE AND YOUNG ADULT REFUGEES CONTINUE TO FLEE WAR, PERSECUTION OR EXTREME POVERTY. CRUCIAL YEARS OF EDUCATION are lost while LINGERING IN REFUGEE CAMPS WAITing FOR ASYLUM, and in turn dreams and aspirations are compromised. ReFOCUS media labs fights to change this reality by training refugees through photography, audio and video production, graphic design, media editing and computer classes. 

 

refugees are

displaced for

an average

of 10 years

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LESVOS, GREECE

we established The first ReFOCUS Media Lab inside One Happy Family Refugee Community Center on Lesvos, Greece. We came back to this island, where in 2017 we taught photography and started our refugee storytelling project because the island continues to host over 8,000 refugees and more arrive every day. This community center was built with and for refugees, and it has been a dream to help this community continue to thrive. 

Lesvos is still one of the most important refugee hubs in Europe. Most people trying to cross from Turkey to the European Union arrives to this island. In the Summer when traveling through the Mediterranean seems safer, the number of refugees in already overcrowded camps almost doubles.    

Since STARTING REFOCUS, WE HAVE grOwN significantly AND CERTIFIED TWO CLASSES OF STUDENTS, OPENED UP A STUDIO IN the center of MYtiLEnE in OPENSPACE- the first co-working center ON THE ISLAND- AND STARTED COURSES WITH unaccompanied minors inSIDE Moria camp WITH OUR GREEK PARTNER STARFISH FOUNDATION.

refugees

are 5 times

less likely to

attend school  

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THE FUTURE

OUR MAIN goal is to help OUR STUDENTS develop skills, portfolios, producE original content AND GAIN THE EXPERIENCE AND CONFIDENCE NECESSARY TO PURSUE CAREERS. exhibitions of their photography and video have been held in Greece, Poland, THE NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM and the united states.

In addition, we're building a support network of artists and teachers to help promote them and secure employment wherever they secure their asylum. While financing is needed to purchase computers, cameras and other media creation tools, please get in touch if you're interested in volunteering as a Teaching-Artist or have any media gear that can be utilized in our programming. 

you can help

change lives

right now  

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Please consider donating to ReFOCUS because this is about real lives in need of real skills to actualize real futures.

SUPPORT REFOCUS MEDIA LABS

 

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EXPERIENCE

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BUILDING COMMUNITY

We're DEDICATED TO PROVIDING refugEes with A PLATFORM to tell their stories and ensure they can develop marketable skills to pursue real careers and the futures they desire.

WE’RE ABOUT TO START OUR 3RD 16-WEEK SEMESTER of photography and video productioN. WE’LL OFFER INTRODUCTORY AND INTERMEDIATE COURSES, PLUS PRODUCE A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY WITH OUR STUDENTS.

we're ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MORE COLLABORATORS, volunteers, teachING-artists and financial support, so GET IN TOUCH to become part of our growing family.

In solidarity,
Sonia nandzik and Douglas herman
cofounders- Refocus media Labs

 
 
 
 
 
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