and military strife, most have barely escaped with their lives.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) works to help these people reclaim what they lost and provide for life’s basic needs and essentials. This means clean water, sanitation, nutrition and education. Nothing in life can be taken for granted. In 2006, Uniqlo began collaborating with UNHCR to offer not only financial support but also clothes. Through its All-Product Recyling Programme, Uniqlo has donated over 16.32 million articles of clothing, distributed in 59 countries and regions including Georgia, Syria, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nepal and Myanmar.
Uniqlo’s support begins with you. At Uniqlo and GU stores around the globe you can donate your worn Uniqlo clothing. Donations are then separated into unwearable items, which are turned into fuel, and wearable, which are passed on. These items are further divided into 18 categories that account for gen- der, size and season. Finally, the clothes are distributed based on local needs. Not only does this require considerations of climate but also of culture and religion.
Like food and water, clothes are an essential part of life and the donations the refugees receive help to establish a vital foundation. With this basic ne-