Weʼve raised £1,025 to help me run a primary school for refugees in Athens..... by marmablading the entire length of the Bakerloo line!
- Funded on Thursday, 12th October 2017
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On Sunday 17th September I took to the streets again, covered in marmalade and with roller-blades on, to MARMABLADE the entire length of the Bakerloo line, stopping off at Paddington Station for a marmalade sandwich.
It was more grueling than anticipated and took over 6 hours - I almost came to a sticky end!! I had very cheap roller-blades, which made my journey much more difficult and strenuous than a walk, and at roughly the same pace! Marmalade glued my eye shut and my limbs together but I didn't let that reduce my zest for the challenge, and I eventually peeled myself apart and collapsed in a heap at Elephant and Castle.
This week I will be returning to Greece to volunteer with Project Elea, a wonderful organisation working with refugees in the Eleonas camp in Athens. I will be running the "Little Squirrels" primary school for under 7s.
Some 62,000 refugees are currently still stuck in Greece, mostly in inhumane conditions, while they wait months to years for their asylum claims to be processed. For many children this means putting their education on-hold indefinitely.
The Greek government has now begun providing some education for refugee children on the mainland - except for the under 7s and over 16s. With several large child-focused NGOs pulling out of the region, support is needed for these young people more than ever.
The Little Squirrels group comprises many young children who are showing clear signs of trauma and have lived often nothing but chaotic lives. Yet this is a crucial age for their development.
The project is currently unable to offer financial assistance or accommodation to volunteers, so most volunteers working are only able to stay for short periods. I have committed to staying for at least 3 months with the project, so that I can give the children some much-needed stability and use my experience as a primary school teacher to help develop the Little Squirrels from an informal crèche-style setting into a holistic Early Years educational programme....
Any money you can spare for my marmablade will go towards supporting my accommodation and living costs while I'm there so that I am able stay for this period of time. I have worked out that I should need just over £2000 for the duration of this stay. It would be amazing to raise the full amount, but any contribution towards this will be a big help!
I will also be able to continue developing my new project, refugeeEd, which partners experienced teachers with education projects in Greece and provides volunteers with tailored resources for refugee education.
Thank you so much for your generosity and help with this important cause!
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Oct 1, 2017
Top marks for creativity and effort and for a wonderful cause. Love xxx
Sep 20, 2017
Well done you super blader! All the best for your amazing work giving education and support to kids who need most at a time like this. Good luck xx
Sep 19, 2017
Thank you for this. Refugees welcome!
Sep 19, 2017
Congratulations Niece very well done. Sheilax
Sep 18, 2017
Well done Helen!
Sep 18, 2017
What a marmellous achievement!
Sep 18, 2017
You are legendary!
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I'm Helen and I've been a primary school teacher for the past 4 years. Over the last year I've been volunteering with education projects for refugees in Greece. I will soon be returning to use this experience to run a primary school in Athens for under-7 refugees.