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How Can I Help? fair for refugee awareness

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Category: Exhibit
Start date: 21 Oct 2017 11:00 AM
End date: 21 Oct 2017 03:00 PM
Street / Location: 1900 Pattison Avenue
City / town: Philadelphia
Country: Pennsylvania, USA
Organizer: American Swedish Historical Museum
Name: Emma Ronn
Email: eronn@americanswedish.org
Phone: 215.389.1776

A tragic regular fixture in the news has become reports on the Syrian refugee crisis. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the staggering statistics, and these war torn regions can often feel distant and leave U.S. citizens disconnected. People may want to help but are not sure how they can make a difference, especially when not in a position to provide financial donations. At the end of the day, many people find themselves saying “I feel bad, but how can I help?”

In conjunction with the opening of the photography exhibition “Where the Children Sleep” by Swedish photographer Magnus Wennman, the American Swedish Historical Museum is hosting a "How Can I Help?” Fair on Oct. 21.

The fair will be a day of education and cooperation to promote broader awareness of the immediate needs of refugees in our area. Refugee aid groups from the greater Philadelphia region will be on site to meet with members of the public and let them know what their organization does and how people can get involved.

The “How Can I Help?” Fair will also feature opening remarks from a senior official from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, film screenings, art works created by Philadelphia area refugee and immigrant students, advocacy phone call & letter writing centers, inspiration station, and more.

UNHCR, in collaboration with Fotografiska (The Swedish Museum of Photography in Stockholm), has brought "Where the Children Sleep" to audiences in the United States for the first time in order to raise awareness about the plight of Syrian refugees. Here is a link to learn more about the exhibition: