The UNHCR defines a refugee as “someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence.” The world is witnessing the highest number of displacement ever recorded in history. Currently, there are 70.8 million people forcibly displaced, 25.9 million of them being refugees. Less than 1% of refugees are resettled annually into another country.
Now more than ever, the issue of displacement and refugee crisis calls for our attention—and in particular attention to how the United States' has or has failed to respond effectively to the crisis at hand. This trip will allow students to take an in depth look at this issue. We hope to learn more about the root causes of the crisis, previous humanitarian actions to fight this, and ways we can currently help remedy this issue as well as bring light to how Lafayette as a campus can aid.
The trip will focus on education, advocacy, and work with an organization that responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps resettle refugees in the United States. Participants will assist ESL classes, women's literacy and childcare programs and youth education classes. Participants should be ready to be flexible in what areas they would like to volunteer and be ready to learn the best ways we can be advocates for refugees.