How about we stop building apps for refugees and top up their phones instead?

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Sep 17, 2017 · 4 min read

“This phone saved me when I was dumped into the back of a car with four other boys and covered in a plastic tent.…this phone is my HERO!” Fahim Safi

Today’s blog is a guest post from Fahim Safi. Originally from Afghanistan, Fahim is now seeking asylum in Belgium and acts as one of the administrators of the mind-boggling group, “Mobile Credit for Refugees and Displaced People.” This volunteer-run organization has already provided over $750,000 of mobile credit to people on the move. No this isn’t yet another effort to build “apps for refugees” here — it’s simply a question of topping off their phones, and it’s one of the smartest solutions we’ve seen.

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Fahim’s phone, his hero, his lifesaver.

This phone is my HERO. It helped me and four others live a few more moments of this precious life .

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Fahim, left, waiting for smuggler after crossing Iranian/Turkish border and right, having arrived safely in Belgium.

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We’re designing new ways to meet the growing needs of displaced people worldwide. Get involved! #withrefugees #tech4good #socialinnovation #Humanitarians

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Solutions for a new era of global crises Locally-powered, collaborative, tech-enabled, grounded in dignity.

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