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FilmAid: Informing and Entertaining Refugees through the Power of Film

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filmaid.jpg Nonprofit, humanitarian aid organization FilmAid travels to refugee camps around the world to provide entertainment and essential education through film. Millions of people live in refugee camps, and many of them are illiterate. FilmAid can educate thousands at a time by featuring films about hygiene, reproductive health, and the prevention of cholera and malaria. Last year, FilmAid brought their big screen to more than 250,000 people living in camps in Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Eritrea, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In addition to showing films to refugee populations, the organization also gives them access to equipment to make their own films. Through their Refugee Filmmaking Program, FilmAid helps people create short films depicting their lives, and their communities' concerns and issues.

Watch their introductory film here.

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