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The Norwegian Refugee Council is an independent humanitarian organization that helps people on the run.  

We protect people on the run and support them in their efforts to build a new future. We started our aid work after the Second World War. Today, we work in both new and long-lasting crises in 40 countries. We specialize in six areas: food security, shelter, protection against violence, legal aid, education and clean water, sanitation and hygiene.  

We stand up for people on the run. The Norwegian Refugee Council is a determined advocate for people on the run. We promote and defend the rights and dignity of displaced persons in local communities, vis-à-vis national authorities and in the international arena. The Norwegian Refugee Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Center in Geneva is a world leader when it comes to monitoring, reporting on and defending people displaced in their own country.  

We work with partners around the world through NORCAP , our global provider of expertise in humanitarian aid, development and peacebuilding. NORCAP works with local national and international partners to find sustainable solutions to meet the needs of people at risk.  

Around 15,000 humanitarian workers work for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Most of us are employed locally to work in the field, and a few work at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues have themselves been forced to flee their homes.  

Today, 108 million people are fleeing war and persecution. Not since World War II have more people needed our help. The Norwegian Refugee Council helped almost 10 million people worldwide in 2022, and with your support we can help even more.  

In connection with our Christmas campaign "Give a home for Christmas", we want to create engagement by sharing our gingerbread house designed by Snøhetta. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on our work in giving people on the run a home. Shelter for people on the run can be anything from providing simple tents, to building permanent houses for refugees returning home.  


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