Are you wondering how exactly you can help refugees and others in need? Have you heard of EmergencyBNB yet?
EmergencyBNB is a platform like AirBNB but aimed at refugees and victims of domestic violence. The website was founded by Amr Arafa, an Egyptian immigrant living in Washington D.C. He wanted to "build a site that makes us a more solid society."
But how does it work?
If you have a space to share, you can register on the website as a host. If you are in need of a place to stay for a couple of days for free, you can register and get in contact with hosts. The website is mostly aimed at people who have to be away from home for, for example, asylum hearings or people running away from abusive relationships.
To prevent people from taking advantage of the situation, you have to show documentation to the host: a refugee passport, a police report or a restraining order. EmergencyBNB has currently 13,000 users in the world.
Are you in need of a safe space or do you want to host someone in need of one, visit emergencybnb.com.
Kato Vander Sande is studying journalism at Thomas More University College in Belgium, co-founder of swimnation.be, and book lover @Koekeloert
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