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UNIQLO and UNHCR Launch Joint Charity T-shirt “HOPE AWAY FROM HOME” Collection

UNIQLO today announces the launch of a charity T-shirt collection featuring winning designs from the 2023 Youth with Refugees Art Contest co-organized with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Items will be available at UNIQLO stores with the UTme! service in 12 markets around the world, including Japan, and the UTme! online store.

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The Youth with Refugees Art Contest was established by UNHCR in 2020, creating an opportunity for young people around the world (aged 30 and under) to exhibit their talent and creativity, and to express solidarity with refugees through their art. The contest promotes engagement in refugee issues and offers young refugee artists scope to express themselves and to maximize their potential. In 2023, UNHCR and UNIQLO co-organized the contest, engaging customers around the world to support refugees through the purchase of a special collection of T-shirts.

The theme of the 2023 Youth with Refugees Art Contest was “HOPE AWAY FROM HOME”, emphasizing recognition and inclusion for people who have fled their homes to find hope and rebuild their lives in places they have sought refuge. The artworks help refugees find acceptance and take the next steps, from meeting new friends and having a place to learn, to reuniting with family and finding work. More than 4,000 entries were received from all over the world, and UNIQLO made T-shirts from the five winning designs.

In addition to a direct donation of US$100,000 (approximately 14.7 million JPY) UNIQLO will make to UNHCR, it will also donate US$3 (approximately ¥441) to UNHCR for each purchase of a T-shirt from the collection. UNIQLO will also donate 5,000 T-shirts and 1,000 tote bags from the collection to UNHCR (equivalent to ¥11.94 million, based on the retail value of these items at UNIQLO in Japan. Tote bags are not sold at UNIQLO).1 UNHCR will also sell these items internally at the online UNHCR Visibility Shop2, with all proceeds used for UNHCR’s refugee support activities.

About the 2023 Youth with Refugees Art Contest

Submissions were accepted through the UNHCR website from June 15 to September 30, 2023, from young people aged 10 to 30. The contest was open to anyone in the world, with participation welcomed from refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, and stateless persons. The theme for the creations was “HOPE AWAY FROM HOME.” UNHCR and UNIQLO selected five winning entries based on the artwork’s creativity and message.

Asifiwe, 14 (Resettled to the U.S. from a refugee camp in Burundi) Friend Code
“My drawing is a picture of my friend group from when I lived in Burundi. We all follow our friend code that says: ‘My friend squad comes first and nobody can break us apart.’ My friends are a source of strength and hope for me. We may be separate, but I am sure we’re together in heart and that our memories will continue to live on.”
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Afya, 14 (Young woman passionate about art, living in the U.S.)
A Little Love from Home

“The heart-shaped paper airplane is from someone important. When someone receives it on the other side of the globe, they will be hopeful and optimistic as a result of getting a little love while being away from home.”
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Virag, 28 (Submitted her design from Hungary after visiting a UNIQLO store in Tokyo)
Wings of Hope  

“Having met many inspiring asylum-seekers and refugees, I know how important ‘hope away from home’ is to rebuild one’s life in a new environment. My drawing aims to express the act of chasing this hope, and the heart symbolizes that it is very much possible to follow your dreams, even if you are far away from home.”
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Georgette, 14 (Fled from Democratic Republic of Congo, now lives in a refugee camp in Tanzania)
One Moon

“The sky and moon symbolize protection and unity. Despite our differences, we are all under the sky and share one moon, it doesn’t matter where you are, there is only one moon, and you are protected by the sky. I want to be a president because I believe I will have the power to make decisions that will not hurt people; power to end wars in the world.”
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Mawardi, 20 (Fled to Somalia, hoping to become a doctor in her home country, Ethiopia)
Birds from Home

“I remember the beautiful birds in my home country in the beautiful green forest. My hope is to see these birds again in the future, whether in my home country or somewhere else.”
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