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Weʼre raising £300 to go to We Are Here community and education centre in Nea Kavala refugee camp in Greece.

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Hi to all of you,

From the 30th May until the 29th June, I volunteered at the We Are Here community and education centre in Nea Kavala camp in northern Greece (http://weareherecentre.org/). This camp was set up in 2016 when the borders of Greece were closed, leaving thousands of refugees stranded in Greece, with lives on hold and uncertain futures. A group of friends who had been volunteering on the Greek islands after the refugee crisis hit Greece decided to set up the We Are Here centre, to provide education and recreational activities, their aim being to provide a sense of routine, security and validation to those in the camp.

In the centre, in addition to daily English classes for adults, there is a play area for children, a Womens’ Space (where activities like yoga, sewing, English literacy and practise, food-sharing, beauty sessions and more are facilitated), sports and music sessions, as well as film nights. The group also do outreach work, looking out for newcomers to the camp in order to offer information about the different services available in the camp and to make sure people know there is somewhere friendly they can come to. They have recently started a gardening project with the children to both keep them occupied during the summer holidays and also to nurture the valuable skills of growing plants and vegetables. The group is grassroots and is funded through crowdfunding and they run on minimal resources. Major NGOs (like Save the Children) have pulled out of the camps in Greece because funding has been stopped, which makes small organisations like this one even more vital; they can continue functioning when major organisations pull out.

The We Are Here volunteers are an amazing group of people; the group functions in a totally non-hierarchical way, with everybody's voice being valued and encouraged; they are able to react immediately to situations due to being independent - all the decisions made are made by the volunteers on the ground rather than being restricted by having to be considered elsewhere and then given a green light...I don't think I have ever been around such a committed, positive and inspiring group of people.

I am raising money to send to We Are Here, to support all the brilliant work they are doing. Thank you so much for anything you can give!

Rose

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  • ROSE CHACKO11 days ago
    ROSE CHACKO

    ROSE CHACKO

    11 days ago

    Hey everybody, we are a sixth of the way to hitting the target, and that was only in 4 days! Thank you so so much for your donations and support for this amazing team, they run solely on donations, and do a really brilliant job with minimal resources...so THANK YOU!!!!!

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Page last updated on: 8/5/2018 12:47 PM

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 5, 2018

    Good Luck Habibti x

    £20.00

  • Magdalena Busko

    Magdalena Busko

    Jul 31, 2018

    You're doing such a brilliant job and you're so devoted to the cause. I congratulate you on your achievements xxx

    £10.00

  • Didi

    Didi

    Jul 30, 2018

    Woof

    £30.00

  • J HARRISON

    J HARRISON

    Jul 30, 2018

    little something to get the ball rolling, hope you're still having/have had a great time in bulgaria and will chat soon xx

    £10.00

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