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BYTECHATS Earth Day Special

How can greener tech habits help refugees and asylum seekers?

Fanbytes’ monthly vodcast is back, keeping you on top of what’s going on in the world of Gen Z marketing. This month, we’re celebrating Earth Day with a focus on how circular tech can change the lives of asylum seekers and refugees.

We spoke to Mariam Diakite, the Founder and Chairperson of charity REFEO (Refugee Education For Equal Employment Opportunities), about her work connecting those in need with second-hand laptops and smartphones, so they are able to study, work, and connect with family and friends.

Watch the full video below:

If you would like to donate to REFEO, you can find out more on the charity’s website:

In this episode, Mariam discusses:

  • Her ‘tech for good program’ that aims at closing the digital gap among refugees and asylum seekers. 
  • How the refugees and asylum seekers REFEO supports also play an active role in shaping the charity’s work.
  • How Mariam’s partner, a refugee from Sudan, inspired her to start REFEO. She ran the Manchester Marathon to raise the initial funds to set up the charity before launching in April 2019. 
  • How vital accessing tech is for refugees and asylum seekers. They already face barriers to work and education, and without a laptop they are automatically excluded from many spaces. This became even more pronounced over lockdown.
  • How REFEO has grown, with the charity now receiving referrals from established charities such as the British Red Cross and Refuaid to provide laptops. REFEO is also working with Vodafone to provide free access to the internet. 
  • How REFEO’s work has changed lives – and how you can get involved.

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