Wed, Jun 19, 2019
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Thursday, June 20th is World Refugee Day. With now over 70 million displaced people around the world, according to UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report, the global refugee crisis is the highest seen by the UN Refugee Agency in its almost 70 years. It’s important to remember the people behind the numbers and the stories of resilience and hope each person represents. In response to the global refugee crisis, sparrow teamed up with several nonprofit agencies, including Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Refugee Services of Texas, Catholic Charities Fort Worth, and Notre Dame University Lab for Economic Opportunities, to create RefugeeMobile. RefugeeMobile provides smartphones with tailored apps to help immigrants connect with services and community, navigate and learn, and thrive in their new home.
The UN wants to connect every adult in the world by 2030 - sparrow’s business model is one way to achieve this goal. Through sparrow’s product-as-impact wireless service, sparrow customers get high-quality networks while helping refugees and others from under-served communities gain digital access, as part of their monthly mobile subscription. Findings show the importance of smartphones and data access for enabling people to connect with their family and support networks, overcome language barriers, access services and navigate their new communities more successfully. Now in its third year, RefugeeMobile is entering its next phase - expanding to additional resettlement areas and agencies across the U.S.
This year, to commemorate World Refugee Day, sparrow is presenting RefugeeMobile at the Refugee Investment Network convening on June 20th, and tabling at the Brooklyn Conservatory Music’s third annual World Refugee Day Festival, a community festival of music, art and cuisine from around the world. If you’re in the New York area, stop by and say “hello” to the sparrow team and learn more about RefugeeMobile. If you’d like to help refugees gain digital access, activate your phone with sparrow and choose “refugees” as your Good Plan cause.