Refugee communities are usually and sadly donor-reliant, with few if any opportunities for food sovereignty. Refutrees, a people-led, non-profit, grass-roots initiative, is hoping to end this dependence through green, social innovation and sustainable projects that are catered to local communities with limited resources.

Through extensive field research in the West Bank and Lebanon from 2009 to 2011, Refutrees came up with innovative pilot projects meant to address the gaps in the development of these displaced communities. Its Roof-Top Garden and Agro-Knowledge Exchange projects will allow refugees to become producers of their own organic crops, as opposed to dependent consumers, and be connected to the appropriate partnerships, institutions and agricultural networks. Their third project, Eco Art Palestine, addresses the need for green, safe spaces in which children can play through the creation of a playground made from locally sourced, recycled materials.

Refutrees recently raised $12,500 through a crowdfunding campaign to bring these projects to life.

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Lama Saleh

Freelance writer at Baraka bits. A dreamer wanting to have a positive footprint on society and bring joy to others. Success stories and inspiring people are my muses, optimism is my life choice. Interested in all things relating to social entrepreneurship, social development, social justice, peace, women's rights, child safety and development, art and illustration, health, education and psychology.

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