Refugee Greenspace Initiative
 
 

 

Share.

Unify.

Grow.

We work together in order to improve lives of refugees

 
 
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everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir

 
 
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About us

The Refugee Greenspace Initiative is non-profit organization that helps organize green-based projects for refugees and asylum seekers in Norway.

Our work focuses on skills development, health, and partnerships.

We believe that green initiatives generate knowledge sharing and skills beyond agriculture and the environment, thus building the capacity of both individuals and communities.

This contributes to a healthier and happier life for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Our Projects

Our garden projects transform reception centers into sacred spaces and become special homes, learning environments, and workspaces. During gardening activities, refugees and volunteers can share stories, release stress, and learn, practice, and teach skills to each other. Participants in our garden projects enhance their physical and emotional well being that serves as the foundation of a healthy and socially sustainable community. Our garden projects transform reception centers into greenspaces. During gardening activities, refugees can share stories, release stress, and learn and practice skills. This will enhance their physical and emotional wellbeing that serves as the foundation of a healthy and socially sustainable community.

 

Gardens

RGI has established community gardens at over 5 refugee asylum centers in Norway.
 

Activities with children

We run monthly childrens activities focused on connecting the kids with their natural surroundings and enjoying play outdoors. Activities include visits to nearby farms, planting flowers, building bird houses and foraging.

Workshops

RGI trains other individuals and organizations on how to establish garden projects at asylum centers.
 

Educational material

In collaboration with the largest women's public health organization in Norway, Sanitetskvinnene, we have developed a manual explaining how to set up a project garden at a refugee center/camp. The manual is divided in three parts, covering: practical gardening, how to organize gardening activities in a refugee center and an ethical discussion covering communication issues that may arise during these activities

 
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Our Impact

Global goals with local action

In 2015, more than 190 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since 2016, the Refugee Greenspace Imitative (RGI) has contributed by creating inclusive and environmentally sustainable projects that focus on skills development, health, and partnerships.

RGI's main area of expertise is to help organize gardening projects for refugees and asylum seekers in Norway. We believe that gardening initiatives generate knowledge sharing and skills beyond agriculture, thus building the capacity of both individuals and communities. This contributes to a healthier and happier life for refugees and society as a whole.

 
 
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Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

 
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Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

 
 

Get Involved

If you would like to volunteer, make a donation, or learn more about RGI