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Meet Pegah and family! Every day, they spend hours cooking and distributing dinner for up to 200 other migrants and refugees in Athens - even though they are homeless themselves.
Pegah and family had to leave their home country of Iran 5 years ago because they were getting death threats for their religious and political beliefs. They flew to Serbia and then walked / took smugglers vehicles through three different countries to get to Greece. This traumatic journey took four years.
It's been ten months since they arrived in Greece and the family are still living out of a suitcase. The Greek asylum system is totally jammed and they have 6 more months to wait before they even get an interview.
In the meantime, with no money and official support, they are among the many people with no safe accommodation in the city. Forced to move every few days, they have stayed in hostel rooms; in dangerous squats where they have been violently evicted and attacked; on friends sofas; and even in tents in the parks.
In spite of all this upheaval they still turn up day in day out, to cook emergency meals for hundreds of other struggling people, with a project called Our House.
Having a safe home would be a game changer for the family and help them get a firmer footing in the city. They need a permanent address to access cash support from charities, find work opportunities and get a bank account. Samiar needs somewhere safe and calm to sleep and play and do school work. And Pegah needs to be able to sleep at night knowing they won’t have to get up and move the next day and move on.
If you can contribute any cash you can help Pegah and family find a decent, safe place to live and ensure the rent is paid for as long as possible. Nobody should be homeless and this family are spending every day helping other people to survive.
Anything you can spare to help the family will make a big difference!
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