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Project Description

Refuge Displacement


Established in 1979

Mission Statement: Alight is an open family of organizations that works closely with refugees, trafficked persons, and economic migrants, to co-design solutions that help them build full and fulfilling lives— lives which are alight.

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Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

CEO Salary: .63% of expenses

  • 3 million refugees reached per year

  • 593,000 refugee children treated for illnesses and given vaccines as of 2018

  • 119,000 refugee mothers provided with prenatal care and safe deliveries

Featured Programs:

How Alight is making a difference


For years, Alight has provided shelter support around the world. From emergency tents and shelters in the days and weeks following a disaster to shelters that some families may live in for a decade or more, Alight has built shelters from Pakistan to Somalia, Haiti to South Sudan. A common characteristic of many of the shelter models Alight uses is that they can be easily upgraded into transitional and more permanent shelters with minor structural reinforcements and replacements.

Camp Management

Camp managers are tasked with understanding the needs inside a camp, knowing what services are being provided by which agencies, and identifying any gaps between the two. Alight coordinates agencies to ensure that there is no duplication of efforts and services are provided to camp residents in a consistent manner.


Alight currently provides health services to refugees, internally displaced people, migrants and members of the host community in Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, and Thailand.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash)

Alight mobilizes communities to participate in the design and management of WASH infrastructure and interventions, with special attention paid to gender imbalances, extreme vulnerability, and making sure that children can safely access services. Alight then works with them to establish, rehabilitate, and upgrade infrastructure. They then help build gender-separated latrines and bathing facilities that are culturally appropriate and accessible to people with special needs.

Emergency Response

Emergency response began in 1979 with action at the Thai-Cambodian border. Depending on the nature of the emergency, Alight can help provide food relief, medical treatment, and establish water and sanitation infrastructure. When there is a large influx of refugees seeking safety, Alight establishes refugees camps and infrastructure that goes with it. They coordinate construction and management of services and partner with other organizations to cover specific areas of expertise.

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