A digital journey explores how we work...

In January 2015 we set out to explore how young people in Za'atari serve as information and technology guides; asking them to think about times when they've helped someone in their community or family and draw those experiences. The illustrations ranged from moments when youth taught elders how to use mobile devices to devastating images of violence and destruction. Eighty percent of refugees residing in Za'atari are from Dara'a -- a predominately rural, low income province ravaged by the war.

Inspired by the youth of our first trip, we returned to Za'atari in 2015. This time we asked them to design and draw paper prototypes of visionary devices that could help their families and solve problems in their community. The designs conveyed remarkable creativity, innovation, and hope for the future. Beyond illuminating camp life from their unique perspective, the designs also shed light on how nonprofits and social service providers may better meet community needs, potentially even informing future humanitarian responses.