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25 May


Refugee Camp in the Heart of Waterloo

May 25, 2010 | By |

It’s no secret living in a refugee camp is hard, but some times the volume of news that whizzes by us on television, radio or the internet about these areas serves to desensitize us more than allow us to appreciate the conditions in which we live here at home. By reconstructing an actual refugee camp in Waterloo Public Square, Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders is hoping to raise awareness about the plight of the world’s 42 million refugees, and we’re invited.

Guided by MSF field staff, EWB-Grand River will be touring the camp on June 3 at 5:45pm where we will learn what it takes to survive in such a harsh and desparate environment where access to food, water, shelter and medical care is often uncertain.

The camp is comprised of actual equipment used by MSF in their worldwide efforts including emergency shelters, medical and food/water distribution facilities and might be the closest many of us can get to understanding what conditions are like in these camps.

To learn more about the event and camp installation, visit the Refugee Camp In The Heart Of The City website.

To RSVP for the EWB tour, please contact us as special provision will be made for our group should we have greater than 15 people. The tour is expected to last 45-60 minutes. Following the tour we will be conducting one of the last EWB-Grand River Planning Meetings before we break for the summer at the Barley Works (59 King St. N.) @ 7pm. RSVP for the Planning Meeting is not required and all attendees of the tour are invited but not expected to attend.

If you cannot join us on the tour but wish to investigate the camp yourself, the installation is open for free individual and drop in tours from June 3-6. This is your last opportunity to experience this unique event as the Waterloo camp represents the last of 4 legs on MSF’s Canadian tour.


  1. Sounds great. I’ll be there.