#Walk4AllRefugees Walkathon Illustrations & Animations
Illustrations & Animated Scenes for awareness & Fundraising Campaign
Refugee Solidarity Network
Creative Strategy, Illustration, Animation, Sound Design
Sustainable Development goals:
Refugee Solidarity Network (RSN), a long-term partner of Ayouni, is an international NGO that partners with advocates and local stakeholders in refugee host countries outside of the U.S. to develop organizational capacity for serving refugees and asylum seekers, and advance legal frameworks that uphold human rights. Every year, RSN hosts their annual #Walk4AllRefugees Walkathon, a fundraising campaign leading up to World Refugee Day (June 20th) challenging people to walk a certain number of miles based on the journey of a particular group of refugees.
In 2023’s #Walk4AllRefugees Walkathon, RSN focused in on the challenges of stateless children, particularly children living in Pakistan. Barred from access to legal documentation and citizenship privileges, these children are often denied their most fundamental human rights, including access to education and healthcare. While their challenges are often similar to those faced by refugee children, stories of stateless children are given little attention. RSN partnered with Ayouni to create illustrated and animated content to accompany stories of stateless youth in Pakistan to bring attention to the campaign.
The illustrations and animations needed to communicate that these children are outcasts of society – they are completely stripped from any opportunity to make anything of their life or be healthy and functioning adults. To do so, RSN decided to tell the story of stateless children in Pakistan through the story of a young boy who collects garbage to get by, and a young girl whose parents work hard so she can study.
Illustrations are inspired by real scenes and stories of stateless children in Pakistan:
It was cold and dark when Sameer left home—rising before the sun and returning beneath bright moonlight was typical for the eight-year-old. Quickly slipping on plastic sandals he found at the market, Sameer grabs his trash cart and heads towards downtown Karachi. For Sameer, and other young Afghan boys …
Flipping through the pages of her worn textbook, guilt washes over Farzana as she recognizes her unique situation. Not many girls from Machar Colony study past grade school—some without the opportunity to enroll at all. The majority of her ethnic Pakistani-Bengali village remains illiterate, as poverty …