VR for impact

VR: what is out there?


There are many VR companies that sprung up over the past few years dealing with VR. VR became a big deal when the ITU adopted it as part of the technology for good.

Some initiatives are UN-based, and others are NGO initiatives to help the UN achieve those goals. For example,

  • The very first one was Clouds Over Sidra -Jordan, in 2015. Filmed in December 2014 in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war. Children make up half the camp’s population. Sidra is a young girl who has lived in the Camp since summer 2013 and wants to go home. The VR film takes us through her tent and how she lives.
  • I Am Fatmira UNDP in Europe and Asia, speaks about the Roma people.
  • Guardians of the Forest – Brazil – about saving the Amazon forest.
  • Ground Beneath Her – Nepal – about experiencing an earthquake and its aftermath of destruction.
  • Under the Net – features an 11-year-old girl named Amisa, a refugee living in the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania with her mother and six siblings. Struggling to survive each day, with no protection from mosquitoes that carry malaria at night, viewers experience Amisa’s life through her eyes. Hope abounds as her family moves into a new home, gets treatment for malaria, and she and her siblings prepare to start school in the fall – none of which is possible without the life-saving protection of bed nets.

This year at the UN Women’s conference in NY, we watched a few VR films on topics regarding women of course. There were a total of 4 films that one can choose from and they were produced by Google:

Other NGO projects that may be more ‘pleasant’ to support the SDGs :

The Life Project
 The Blank Canvas
The Extraordinary Honey Bee  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXYqULCBuD8.