New Exhibit Opening March 30
Beyond Survival: Life as a Refugee
March 30, 2015 - September 30, 2015
Free and open to the public, Monday - Friday, 11 am - 5 pm
(Closed on weekends and holidays)
Join us for the Opening Reception! 5:30 pm, Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Click here for more information.
Over 51 million people worldwide have been forced from their homes by armed conflicts and natural disasters. Half of them are children. Starting over is tough in the best of circumstances. For people struggling with trauma of war and the challenges of refugee life, it is overwhelming.
Beyond Survival: Life as a Refugee is an exhibit that explores aspects of living a life torn from the security and comfort of home. You'll walk inside a refugee tent, carry water from a community tap, and share what you would bring if you only had a few minutes to flee your home. You'll hear the sounds of a refugee camp, and see the photos and stories of refugees whose life is on hold, in a make-shift "home" without the support of family and enriching routines like school, friends and jobs.
You'll also learn about Mercy Corps' unique approach to emergencies through the stories of families living this reality. Find out how we connect individuals and families to the resources they need to stabilize their lives to survive and rebuild. Visitors will also gain an understanding of the global geography of displacement at a time when there are more refugees from war or conflict since World War II.
Stay tuned for ongoing events organized around the exhibit (join our mailing list to get event updates!) announced here and on our events webpage.
Join us at the reception, 5:30 pm, Tuesday, April 7, when Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer and team-members provide an update on the refugee crisis and context for the exhibit with stories and information about the issues faced by displaced families.
Sign up for a tour! Attention families, teachers, businesses and other interested groups: Schedule a guided tour by calling 503-896-5750.
Beyond Survival: Life as a Refugee is made possible by a generous grant from the Gray Family Foundation.