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There are care packages that are send all over the world to help the ones in need. A big contributor in that area is the "UN Refugee Agency" or short "UNHCR" with their core relief items. 

We challenged ourselves to create a design that would add joy to the daily lives of children in refugee camps. The goal was to reach as many people as possible, without interfering with the function of the blanket or taking away precious space and weight of the other essential objects of the support package. 

More information on the UNHCR:

We decided that we would like to share a variety of games we knew from our childhood. The aim is to encourage communal activities, create a sense of achievement, by creating things yourself and fight boredom

During our research and interviews with refugees and social initiatives, we found out that the donation of toys is often not wanted by the children and is only adding to local waste streams. Therefore this design only requires materials and tools that can be found onsite.

By making use of an already existing system with transportation and distribution in place, the design has a greater reach and is more likely to be realised, due to low costs and time effort. There would also be a handbook available and an online platform, for easier access and even bigger reach.

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Unfortunately we were not able to visit a refugee camp to test the design, due to the pandemic. We still wanted to get a reaction on the blanket and see if the graphics can communicate the ideas of the games. The instructions have to work without the use of language, because of the young and international audience.

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