Weʼre raising £2,000 to fund education efforts for children on Chios, a Greek island barely 5km from Turkey. I'm heading there this January.
- Bristol, United Kingdom
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This January, I'm gong to Chios, a Greek island next to the Turkish coast harbouring thousands of refugees.
I'll be working for a couple of months with Be Aware and Share (BAAS: http://www.baas-schweiz.ch/), a small Swiss-based organisation helping at critical focal points on European refugee routes.
BAAS currently run several schools on Chios, offering English and Maths teaching to children.
The UNHCR estimates that over 1.75 million refugee children are not in primary school education. 1.95 million adolescent refugees are not in secondary education.
BAAS seeks to ensure that those who arrive on Chios can be offered some level of education whilst detained by governments and authorities.
Sadly, recent events on Chios has made the work of BAAS and other charities all the more difficult. Attacks by the far-right political party 'Golden Dawn' have left the camps in Chios burning and have restricted access to education facilities. A saddening report on these abusive and discriminatory attacks can be found on the Be Aware and Share Facebook page.
So this Christmastide, before travelling to Greece, I am hoping to raise some money for this organisation. None of the funds raised will be spent on my own transport or upkeep; 100% of it will go to those in need.
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Nov 30, 2016
I take my hat off to you! Bless you for your selflessness and compassion. xx
Michelle (Mum's friend)
Nov 29, 2016
What a lovely compassionate thing to do, hope it goes well
Nov 29, 2016
Best of luck, Jacob! x
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Bristol, United Kingdom
My name's Jacob. I'm a university graduate in Classics and English and hold the Trinity CertTESOL in English teaching. This January I'm travelling to Chios, an island separated from Turkey by only 5km. As such, it is a focal point for refugees trying to reach Europe.