Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the FAREST of them all?
Like it or not, everyone needs a mirror to remind themselves of who they are. Refugees are of course no exception, after all, we’re all vain.
For migrants who don’t even have the basics, having a mirror is a luxury.
It was our pleasure to purchase a couple of mirrors for hundreds of asylum seekers, for two reasons.
First, when living in very difficult conditions, people loose themselves and forget who they were, and are.
Second, hygiene. When people see their reflection, especially in front of a sink, they’re more hygienic and take better care of their bodies.
It’s a win win.
Within five seconds of putting up these mirrors in the bathrooms of a refuge, our new friends were genuinely excited to see themselves. Laughing, making fun of each other, checking their eyebrows, washing their hands and faces.
WASH is a big part of what we do. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene is paramount.
We, as privileged humans, do we not see that 1 out of 10 of us on planet earth do not have a safe place to wash their hands? Do we not care because we don’t see these people in the mirror? Is it a problem with the mirrors reflection, or our point of view?