18 March 2022
Update – 31 March 2022
2 weeks after launch, we are overwhelmed by the response to refugeehelp.nl: 65K users and over 2,600 comments and suggestions.
🗨 „𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘦𝘣𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘴 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵! 𝘞𝘦 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘕𝘓 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘭𝘺!“
🗨 “𝘞𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘭 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮𝘴 (…)”
🗨 “𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦! 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘨𝘦𝘦𝘴. 𝘊𝘢𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴?”
Thanks to the entire team VluchtelingenWerk Nederland and NAVARA, all partner organizations, and all the people who are offering their help via the platform.
Background information RefugeeHelp.nl
The aim of RefugeeHelp.nl is to help refugees who arrive in the Netherlands by offering them one clear and central online platform where they can go for all relevant issues and needs such as shelter, food, medical care, legal help, work, education etc. This platform will also serve to give individuals, companies and institutions who want to contribute a place to do so.
A brief overview of the most important elements of the platform today:
- Fully developed from the perspective of refugees. Refugees are actively involved in the development through interviews and working sessions.
- Available in English, Ukrainian and Russian, developed for cell phones.
- The central place with all information for refugees in the Netherlands, with the latest information and references to relevant (government) agencies, NGOs and current (local) initiatives.
We believe that this platform offers a number of clear advantages: One accessible and transparent overview of initiatives for both refugees and volunteers. Lots of relevant information from all parties so that there are fewer questions arising on the supply and demand side. Reduced pressure on the involved organizations. Increased transparency of what refugees need and where bottlenecks exist. The platform will be further developed and new components and functionalities will be added in the near future in order to better match supply and demand.
SparkOptimus and Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland started the initiative together because we experience a momentum and great willingness among the various organizations and companies involved to work on this together. The starting point is that this platform transcends all parties and does not belong to one organization, but to everyone. Leading digital parties are involved as well as various organizations and government agencies.
The SparkOptimus team incl. Ukrainian refugee Julia from Kharkov
The focus will initially be on building a platform for Ukrainian refugees, but later it will naturally expand to a platform that can also be used for refugees from other countries. The aim is to get a first version live as soon as possible given the high urgency, but also to establish a sustainable organization that can realize a continuous series of improvements in the coming months and years.