Support Wearable Tent for Refugees

Target: Jerry Stritzke, REI President

Goal: Fund company making jackets that double as a tent to support refugees.

In hopes to help come up with a solution for housing of refugees fleeing war-torn countries, design graduates have come up with a jacket that transforms into a tent. This portable shelter was originally designed for refugees who don’t have a steady residence and are in desperate need of shelter, but the potential applications for this wearable shelter are endless. If a major sporting goods and recreation company were to help provide funds for this invention, it could greatly help the homeless and refugee populations of the world.

One of the major upsides to the portable shelter is that when it’s in jacket form, there are many pockets. Something refugees or homeless citizens have to deal with is a lack of space to put their belongings, so this jacket acts as a safe place to keep their personal items. Another major benefit is that the material the jacket is made out of is completely waterproof, so this shelter can be used even in rainy situations. A huge upside though, is that the jacket is easily folded and can be condensed into a small cube, making it easy to carry around when you don’t want to wear it.

Earlier this year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that 65.3 million people have been forcibly displaced and are living in dire conditions around the world. So the demand for this product is extremely high. Although, the creators have no plan on directly selling the garment to refugees, instead going with a model similar to Toms where when one is bought, one is given to those in need. Since refugees and homeless citizens are living on minimal financial allowance to begin with, the creators hope that the popularity of the item in the recreational field will help provide millions of refugees with this product when they need it the most.


Dear Jerry Stritzke,

REI is a one of the largest manufacturers of outdoor and sporting equipment in the world, and is also a company with incredible integrity. As it stands right now, over 65 million people around the world are living in dire situations with no expected shelter or income. These people are humans like the rest of us and deserve the basic necessities of life, such as food and shelter.

Fortunately, two students have invented a new way to ensure that refugees and homeless from all around the world can get the shelter they need, all while wearing it on their back. Their invention consists of a waterproof jacket that can be converted into a tent, with several pockets and an easy-to-fold layout. After hearing the testimonies  of many refugee families, students Anne and Gabriella feel that this product is exactly what refugees need as they travel from place to place without any sort of expected shelter.

With the support of a company like REI, this product can become the new Toms, every jacket purchased means one jacket will be given away to someone who needs it. There is a huge market for this sort of item — camping enthusiasts would love to be able to carry their tent on them all day, rather than lugging it around in a separate bag. The music festival market would go nuts over a convenient shelter and rain poncho. Not to mention the millions of homeless citizens in America and across the world that could use a shelter they can wear on their backs. Partnering up with Anne and Gabriella would mean millions of humans across the planet can no longer worry about where they’re going to sleep or how they’ll keep their stuff dry. Do the right thing and support the wearable shelter.


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Photo Credit: Anne Sophie Geay

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