Introducing the 2020 SolidariTee Collection
Organic, vegan, Fair Wear-certified and printed using phthalate-free inks.
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What We Do
To invest in a better future for refugees and asylum seekers in Europe, we need to come together in support of meaningful change in the refugee crisis. At SolidariTee, we work to raise awareness and provide accurate information about injustices faced by refugees and asylum seekers, and about the importance of legal aid in creating long-term change in the refugee crisis. We work to counteract harmful myths and misinformation through our events, mythbusters, infographics, and podcast, keeping the conversation surrounding refugee rights alive despite a marked downturn in mainstream media coverage.
SolidariTee offers grants to NGOs providing long-term forms of support to refugees and asylum seekers, predominantly focusing on legal aid. Asylum processes are complex, and almost impossible to navigate properly without external legal aid, which - although a fundamental human right - is drastically underfunded and often incredibly difficult to access.
In the 2020-21 academic year, SolidariTee is supporting six NGOs providing legal aid in four different locations in Greece: Thessaloniki in mainland Greece, and the islands of Lesvos, Samos, and Chios. We are focusing on supporting qualified experts in legal aid and translation services, as we believe that legal guidance is one of the most crucial forms of aid for refugees and asylum seekers. Our vision is a world in which every asylum seeker has access to legal advice, as is their fundamental right. To read more about the NGOs we support, click here.
The SolidariTee shirt
One of the things we’re best known for are our iconic t-shirts, or SolidariTees. In addition to raising vital funds to support legal aid, our shirts are a meaningful, visual display of solidarity with refugees. The 2020 tees are vegan, 100% organic, and carry Fair Wear certifications - to read more about our policy on sustainability, click here. At SolidariTee, we believe that we can't fight for a better world without respecting the earth we live in; we reduce waste as much as possible and post shirts from our online shop using recycled and recyclable materials. And importantly, £8.10 from each £12 t-shirt goes directly to NGOs providing legal aid and other vital services, with just 4% of our income being spent on administrative and operational costs.
As the largest student led charity dedicated to helping refugees and asylum seekers globally, our team is at the heart of everything we do at SolidariTee. We’re an international movement, with more than 55 teams across 9 different countries. All of our work is voluntary and this year's team, made up of over 700 student activists, is dedicated to furthering SolidariTee’s mission through a variety of events, campaigns and other activities, both on campus and within their local communities. Each individual member of SolidariTee is an advocate for our values, and we aim to empower students, as the next generation of voters, educators and policy makers, with the knowledge and tools to stand up for refugee rights throughout their future lives.
COVID-19 Emergency Grant - March 2020
The current COVID-19 pandemic is a huge threat and source of disruption globally. However, it is vulnerable communities, including asylum seekers, who have been hit the hardest of all. Europe’s refugee camps are bursting at the seams but woefully under-resourced, and normal infection control measures are incredibly difficult to achieve.
To respond to the urgent health crisis, we launched our COVID-19 Emergency Fund in March - to support NGOs fighting for refugees even as the rest of the world was in lockdown. Applications were open to NGOs working to protect refugees from COVID-19 anywhere in the world and, after careful selection, SolidariTee are proud to announce that we contributed a grant of £10,000 to Kitrinos Healthcare to support their COVID-19 response plan, which involved the creation of a 'Nightingale'-style medical centre inside the island's camp.