Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Mar 6 18
REFUNITE Joins Roundtable on Technology and Development
REFUNITE Joins Roundtable on Technology and Development   Nairobi, Kenya – On Monday March 5th, REFUNITE joined a roundtable discussion on Technology and Development at Nairobi Garage, Africa’s largest co-working space. The event was hosted by Unumed, a software company specialized in IT solutions for healthcare facilities. The roundtable had as honorable guests the Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark, Ulla Tørnæs, and  H.E. The Danish Ambassador of Kenya, Mette Knudsen. Startups, humanitarian agencies and tech companies gathered to discuss the dynamics between technology, development, and humanitarian aid in Kenya’s ‘Silicon Savannah’, and across East Africa.   During the visit, the Minister announced that the Danish Embassy in Nairobi will recruit a regional tech advisor to support the Danish tech ambassador and Danish initiatives on technology and development. Stay posted for more details!   6th March, 2018.
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Mar 1 18
“I am not alone anymore and I am full of hope”
“I am not alone anymore and I am full of hope”   Afshan Bibi*, 67, is a refugee from Afghanistan. For the past 19 years she has been living in a refugee camp in Islamabad, Pakistan. She is one of the many refugees who are facing hardships, separation and loss of loved ones in the country. Afshan has been separated from her son, Farjaad*, since 2008. Farjaad worked as a laborer at the local vegetable market in Islamabad. He was 16 the last time Afshan saw him. On a hot summer morning he left the refugee camp and set out for work but did not return home at his usual time. As dinner time neared, Afshan started worrying and with the hours passing her sorrow grew stronger and stronger. “As morning dawned, I couldn’t sit at home anymore. I asked around the camp hoping someone had seen him” recounts Afshan.…
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Feb 3 18
WEF 2018: News From Davos
World Economic Forum 2018: News From Davos   23-26 January 2018 – The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting just ended in Davos, Switzerland. The Forum brought together over 3,000 leaders from government, business, civil society and academia. This year the conversation and programme were focused on “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”. REFUNITE Co-Founder and Co-CEO Christopher Mikkelsen was in Davos to take part in panel discussions and high-level events, taking the opportunity to discuss REFUNITE’s mission and how the organization is creating digital bridges to reconnect separated families, thus contributing to a more connected future in divided societies.   1st February, 2018. 
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Feb 2 18
REFUNITE Featured On The New York Times
REFUNITE Featured On The New York Times   “Is the business world all about greed?”. On January 25th 2018, Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times addresses the question and features REFUNITE’s Co-Founder and Co-CEO Christopher Mikkelsen in his Opinion Column. Read it here!   2nd February, 2018. 
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Dec 20 17
My Message To Displaced And Separated Families
My Message To Displaced And Separated Families   “I think about the nights I spent hiding under trees, escaping bullets, bombs, and militia kidnapping the youth for forced military service. I was a teenager then. Part of me will always connect to the fears of refugees and the uncertainty they find themselves in. During yearly holidays like these, being a refugee or a war displaced person means celebrating the fact that you survived to see another year end or begin. That’s right! For some however, this also means being forced to celebrate far from your loved ones; or even without knowing if they are still alive and safe. In 2017, with the support of REFUNITE, I was able to reconnect with my family after years. Today I know where my family is and, while they are still far away, I am hopeful again. This message of hope is what I want to share…
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Dec 15 17
Congolese Siblings Find Each Other After 13 Years
Everyone had witnessed violence or conflict, left home behind and become separated from a loved one. Jean was one of them. He gently took my notebook and wrote down his phone number and two names: Chancelle and Mireille.
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Dec 6 17
Hjælp os med at bevare vores ligningslovsgodkendelse med din donation!
Så er det december, og der igen gået et år siden vi sidst henvendte os til jer. 2017 har været endnu et hæsblæsende år for vores lille organisation. 
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Dec 6 17
Your Support Makes a Difference!
Your donation helps us keep REFUNITE tax exempt so that we can continue using 100% of our funds to reconnect families globally.
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Arisha Akbar
Posted by Arisha Akbar
Nov 20 17
“I Am Hopeful That REFUNITE Will Ease My Distress”
When the town of Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, was hit by the earthquake in 2005, Asim Bhatti’s uncle went missing. When he heard about REFUNITE’s project in Pakistan, Asim regained his hope to reconnect with his uncle.
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Oct 23 17
REFUNITE Appoints Female Advisory Board In Pakistan
We are very excited to have recruited five strong and experienced candidates passionate about social change and women’s empowerment for our Female Advisory Board in Pakistan. 
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