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£805raised of £18,000 target by 24 supporters

Weʼre raising £18,000 to support families in refugee camps, providing emergency aid + yoga trauma therapy for women & children. Working together for a better future.

Location
Petra, Pieria, Greece
Time left
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I'm writing from remote Petra camp, Mount Olympus, N. Greece. Struggling to survive in freezing conditions, around half of refugees here are children. Our future generation missing out on precious education, dealing with things that most adults will never have to.

Yet it’s hard to put into words the overwhelming sense of love & community here. It’s a privilege to live alongside these beautiful people who insist on inviting us into their tents to share blankets, & meals cooked over make shift wood stoves. No heating, no hot water, temperatures at night below freezing. I’ve met teachers, engineers, artists, University students - no different to us - the way they handle this indignity with smiles & generosity is truly inspirational.

A peaceful religious minority, the Yazidis were attacked by ISIS in Iraq in 2014. Many brutally murdered, women & girls taken as sex slaves subjected to unthinkable horrors, those who survived were forced to flee their homes, risking their lives on the sea to try to find safety.

Myself & Paul from Collective Calling are spending 3 months volunteering in Greece providing emergency aid, medical transport, relocation support & yoga trauma therapy for women & children.

Every minute here is life changing. The children are lively & playful. It's hard to imagine what their bright eyes have seen. They have nothing. They could ask for anything. But what they want most is to learn.

With no status to work or earn money, the adults have nothing to do but wait for the grueling relocation process. They need our time, someone to hear their stories, to see photos of how they were before.

Not only aid but self-healing practices like yoga, meditation, music & education gives help now + hope for the future.

We desperately want to continue this work but need resources to be able to offer sustainable support (hello scary new target!) 5% of donations will fund operational costs.

THANK YOU for your support, it means the world <3

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  • Kelly Bennett

    Kelly Bennett

    Dec 2, 2016

    You are awesome, thank you for all that you are doing! xx

    £50.00

  • E Byford

    E Byford

    Dec 1, 2016

    Good luck in all you are doing. You are special Laura. Take care. Eix

    £30.00

  • Christopher Seddon

    Christopher Seddon

    Dec 1, 2016

    Laura, so great to see the work you are doing. Please let me know how i can help more 07769683975 x

    £50.00

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Petra, Pieria, Greece

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