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 refugee education program

People who believe in creativity know that design can make a difference, whether it’s for a school report, a client presentation, or even a personal post on social media. Design platform Canva, which offers tools for eye-catching graphics through its awesome suite of features, is encouraging everyone to get creative for a good cause. 

Canva has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to launch #DesignForACause — an initiative that encourages creators from around the world, to submit drawings of one thing that makes them smile. 

Canva will select 200 winning designs and convert them into Canva elements for sale. When the digital elements are purchased by any of Canva’s users (for $1USD), this will be donated to UNHCRs refugee education projects around the world. 

With many Filipinos spending most of their time at home, Canva and UNHCR are inspiring people to get in-touch with their creative side, and empower at-risk children. The raised funds will help to enroll refugee children into quality, primary education across 14 countries, as part of its Refugee Education Program. 


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To join, here are three simple steps on the Canva website under Design for a Cause: 

1. Draw anything that makes you smile, on any medium. 

2. Upload your image by taking a photo or scanning your drawing and saving it as a PDF or JPEG. 3. Submit your details using the online form. Drawings by children under the age of 13 will need to be submitted by their parents or guardians. If the child’s drawing is selected, the parent/legal guardian will be contacted for permission to share the child’s name as a winner. 

Maisie Littaua, Head of Growth for Canva Philippines says, “Filipinos are innately creative and we’re known to have the value of malasakit in our DNA. With #DesignForACause, your creativity has the power to help school-age refugee children receive an education – which is something that every child deserves. We believe that this simple act of designing can go a long way in making a difference to the lives of the children, who hold the key to the future.” 


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Kenya Hormud Primary School



UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Ben Stiller says, “Design for a Cause invites people to be creative while showing their support for refugee children and helping them access education. Working together we can make a difference and aim to put smiles on the faces of refugee youth around the world.” 



Entries for this campaign for a cause can be submitted through https://www.canva.com/designforacause/ until December 8, 2020. For more information about Canva, visit https://www.canva.com