The Dutch Refugee Foundation has been organising the Night of the Refugee once a year since 2010. This is a sponsor walk where thousands of participants walk 40 kilometres in the middle of the night in six cities. With this walk, they raise money for emergency aid to refugees worldwide. It is a night full of solidarity, tough kilometres and beautiful encounters.
During the Night of the Refugee 2021, a total of 2,400 people walked 40 kilometres in 6 different cities (Haarlem, Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam, Arnhem and Tilburg). They did not only walk to raise money, but also to show solidarity with the 84 million people worldwide who are on the run. A total of over 965,000 euros was raised, a record amount per participant!
Each year after the Night, we decide where the euros raised are needed most. With the money from the 2021 edition, we were able to fund a cash emergency project for families in Afghanistan; keep a mobile health clinic running in Iraq; provide medical assistance to the people on the run in Venezuela; and invest in health and nutrition services in violence- and hunger-stricken Burkina Faso.