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.
43 people arrived by boat to the North of the Island in the early morning. Thirteen women, twenty one men and eight children. SMH (The medical group) reported that one Syrian man from this boat drowned in the sea. He was 31 years old. The body was recovered by port police and transferred to hospital.
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.
Standing outside in a dusty clearing following a simple and fair registration process so that more than 1,000 men can receive much-needed aid of t-shirt, trousers, underwear, socks and a jumper. This is our first day of distribution at the Vathy Refugee Camp on the Greek island of Samos where people are living in appalling conditions, without even the most basic services.
We’ve been a bit quiet for the last few weeks so here’s a quick update of what we’ve been up to. Thanks to YOUR donations over the last few months (since January 11th), we have been able to… have 29 people participate in our employability program, where we provide a personalised service, helping people one-on-one with their CVs, cover letters and job searches…