Sometimes I leave Athens with the feeling of not having achieved most I had intended to, it is often only once I start doing the accounts or writing some updates, that I can judge myself objectively.
The lack of education, security and dignity of the teenagers, and how to provide these basic necessities, the conditions that these small organisations like Action for Education face aren't easy. However, the amazing team in which I have found myself has made everything much more enjoyable and fun and with a deep feeling of solidarity.
If I am honest I have never really cared too much - it wasn’t my cause, I used to get jealous of the situation with refugees as it took mum away from us. But a couple of years ago she took me and my younger sister to Paris to see the difficulties there, then she said if u wanted to come I could and I thought it was time.
Just one month ago I asked for your support to help move H from a flimsy tent on the outside of a refugee camp one hour outside Athens, into the city. H had stood out to me from the other few hundred people stranded there due to his motivation. Not least as he was regularly travelling to Athens attending Greek language school, amongst other things.
This week’s extreme weather patterns have made conditions for those living outside unbearable. Searing temperatures followed by torrential rain and heavy storms have left tents and shelters battered and people weary. And with rumours of a large scale eviction circulating, the atmosphere on the ground is tense.
Ever since I left Syria, I wanted to learn, I wanted to educate myself. I knew education was, and still is, the most important thing when it comes to change our situation. That is why I always dreamed of going to the best university. During our escape from Syria, I finished my last year of high school in Turkey, but I left just before the final exams.