On World Refugee Day, Ecolint joins forces with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
to honour the courage and resilience of those who have had to flee their homes. As the world faces an unprecedented number of families fleeing their homes, the highest number yet since World War II, Ecolint is organising several events in partnership with the UNHCR, on 20 June 2018 – World Refugee Day.
From 17:00 to 18:30, we will hold a round-table discussion with Paul Stromberg (Director of the department for resource mobilisation at the UNHCR and Ecolint alumnus (LGB '84)), Mercedes Jakupi (Coordinator of humanitarian response agencies at the UNHCR) and Arafat Jamal (Director of the Partnership and Coordination Service at the UNHCR and Ecolint alumnus (LGB '88)) on what it means to work for refugees. Please register for this event at the following link: http://bit.ly/2oXGVCw
The cornerstone of this day will be the charity concert “One-Way Ticket from Moscow to Hollywood” to commemorate the talents of Sergeï Rachmaninoff and his life in exile. The concert will feature the Russian-Swiss pianist Irina Chkourindina
along with soprano Sophie Graf and texts read by actor David Lewis. This concert will pay tribute to Sergeï Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff, a brilliant composer and conductor, and the greatest pianist of the 20th century, and will mark the 100th anniversary of his departure into exile on 23 December 1917. In 2017, one hundred years will have passed since Rachmaninoff had to tear himself away from his native home and abandon all his personal possessions, including his property of Ivanovka, near Tambov, in Russia. His sole luggage consisted of one suitcase containing a few musical scores. Like artists Wagner, Stravinsky and Bartok, Rachmaninoff suffered terribly while in exile – an exile from which he would never return.
All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the programme Educate A Child, a partnership between the UNHCR and the Education Above All Foundation
, which seeks to provide quality primary education to refugee children around the world.
La Grande Boissière campus will also welcome the information stands of the following organisations:
Early Care Intervention Programme (ECIP
), a humanitarian NGO (founded by Ecolint alumnus Marc Salzmann — LGB '12) working in the field of early childhood development in difficult environments which currently runs projects in the Ritsona refugee camp in Greece.
Jordan, a social enterprise working in the field of ethical fashion, the empowerment of women and the preservation of traditional Middle-Eastern craftsmanship.
The «I Love Syria» project by artist and jewellery designer Rania Kinge, in support of displaced women in Syria.
The association RCMA (Association Rencontres et Cultures du Monde Arabe
) which offers Arabic and French language courses to refugees in Geneva, and is active in creating work opportunities for refugees.
The UNHCR, whose mandate it is to save the lives, protect the rights and build a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.