It is a huge privilege to be nominated for the 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award and we will look forward to attending the award ceremony in Geneva on 1 October.
This prestigious award is for individuals and groups who help people forcibly displaced from their homes. It is named after Fridtjof Nansen, a courageous Norwegian scientist and humanitarian who served as the first High Commissioner for Refugees for the League of Nations. You can read more about this amazing individual here.
We didn’t make it onto the shortlist but we are in great company. The finalists are all doing extraordinary work for displaced people:
Samira Harnish (USA) for setting up ‘Women of the World in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her organisation has helped over 1,000 refugee women become self-reliant in the US
Mayor Andreas Hollstein and the volunteers of Altena, Germany for tireless work in welcoming refugees to their small town – taking in more than their official quota
Tuenjai Deetes for devoting four decades of her life to ending statelessness in Thailand
Reclaim Childhood from Jordan for 500 empowering refugee girls through sport and building better links with their local communities
Now more than ever we need people to stand with displaced people around the world. We are really excited to be part of a moment where we can celebrate that with the UNHCR, learn from others dedicated to helping and receive a boost to continue.