Vidya Ramkusar

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Project manager in the pilot project, SMS Up, end-to-end in Kuala Lumpur

Hi I’m Vidya! My background is in Project Management and through Urban Refugees, I have had the opportunity to create the SMS Up application alongside our Developer, Duncan Walker, and we will deliver it to CBOs in Kuala Lumpur as part of this pilot project. SMS Up will enable refugees to chat in groups within their community, similar to WhatsApp/ Viber, but using SMS. It will be funded and thereby free to user. It is being developed for the benefit of refugees without smart phones or an internet connection on their hand phones.

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    refugees have better access to education and livelihood opportunities

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    countries in which our partner NGOs are implementing solutions

  • 490

    refugee children benefit from mathematics, english, art and sports classes

  • 700

    women can now support their families

  • 650

    refugees have access to critical healthcare and safety information

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