Refugee Support Express – 16 August 2018

16/08/18

WELCOME TO THE REFUGEE SUPPORT EXPRESS

THIS WEEK:

Volunteer in a refugee camp and aid refugees in Greece

We’re looking for volunteers to join our wonderful Refugee Support family from mid-September and over the winter months, and to help us continue to offer aid with dignity to refugees in Greece.

As refugee crises continue to rage around the world, with little promise of an end in sight, refugees are taking more dangerous journeys than ever to seek sanctuary and flee from war zones.

This month, renovations have begun at Katsikas camp in Greece to expand the camp, and to double its capacity from 500 to 1,000 residents. We need your help to serve the refugees with as much dignity and normality as possible.

We have a wonderful family of volunteers who do incredible things to help those who need it the most. If you or someone you know would like to aid refugees in Greece by volunteering at a refugee camp, please get in touch with us today.

REFUGEE STORIES: KATTY

”I saw dogs eating bodies of those who were dead on the street due to the war. We have called the UNHCR in Syria many times, but they have never helped us. We barely have food to eat. We can’t rent a house.

We don’t have human rights.”

Katty is a smart, talented woman who paints and was previously studying to become a software engineer.

But Katty is also an Iranian refugee located in Syria, and has been waiting with her mother and sister for resettlement for over eight years.

The things Katty and her family have been subjected to and forced to watch during this time are harrowing. Katty has been trying to share her story from Syria for some time, but despite contacting many organisations, it seems that many are not listening.

Please spare some time today to read, share, and respond to Katty’s story.

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Happy Birthday Habibi Works

We’d like to wish a very happy second birthday to our good friends, Habibi Works.

We’ve been working alongside Habibi Works at Katsikas camp for some time now, and chatted to co-founder, Mimi Hapig on our Standing with Refugees podcast at the end of last year about the project’s history. Mimi shared a wonderful motto that beautifully summarises why Habibi Works, unlike many NGOs founded around the same time, has survived and continued to help those thrive:

“Everything we do is about empowerment. We want people to be active, we want them to create solutions for their daily life challenges themselves.”

Many volunteer groups formed in 2015/16 to help the refugees in Greece, but few have survived due to lack of funds and bureaucracy.

We’re honoured to continue to work alongside Habibi Works, and wish them many more years of success aiding those who need it the most with dignity.

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Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you next time.

Please contact us today at info@refugeesupporteu.com if you would like to aid refugees in Greece, or just want to get in touch.

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