World Refugee Week 2020: Every Step Counts

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Every step we take moves us closer to creating real impact. That's why this World Refugee Week, we want to know:

  • What steps will you take in order to support people on the move?
  • How can you turn your steps into a movement that creates real impact?

This World Refugee Week, step with us at Movement On The Ground to help create positive impact for refugees living in and around camps on the Greek islands, because every step counts!

You can create your own personalized poster to draw attention to this fundraising page. After printing the poster you can hang it in a shop, a café window or a community bulletin board. Ask your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to help and also put up a poster in their home, school or work place. Most people are willing to help but be sure to ask permission first.

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€ 25 18-06-2020 | 13:01 To help you guys with your projects and the good work you’re doing for just another human!
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Every Step Counts: 4 projects you can support to help improve the wellbeing of refugees in Greece

17-06-2020 | 13:00 At Movement On The Ground, we run a variety of different projects that aim to bring a sense of dignity and normality back to the lives of people on the move. Every project is run together with our dedicated team of camp resident volunteers.  Here are four different projects we run in and around the camps on the Greek islands. 1. Camp to campUs Once you’re no longer fleeing, you stop being a refugee and once you have nowhere to go, wherever you happen to be becomes your home. That makes sense, right? Yet, we still have a tendency to call these people refugees, despite the fact they’re building a new life. MOTG does not speak of a refugee camp but rather a village, and we also call the people living in the village a resident. It might just be a matter of speech but it’s this ideology that embodies our Camp To campUs program.  Just like any other community we want the residents to have a place to meet each other, build relationships, have access to an education and health care, eat nutritious daily meals and have recreational facilities like sports and arts centres. On top of that, we aim to make refugee camps more sustainable, self-sufficient and innovative. We are currently utilising this project ideology in order to reshape the existing landscape of the Olive Groves outside of Moria camp. 2. Waste Management Program The inclusion of waste management within our Camp to campUs model stems from the recognition amongst residents, locals and coordinators that unmanaged waste poses a significant hazard to the health and wellbeing of those living on the islands of Lesvos and Samos. That’s why across both Lesvos and Samos we run a waste management program. In our Olive Grove campUs on Lesvos and the outskirts of Vathy camp on Samos, our team of resident volunteers work with our coordinators to collect waste, educate residents about the importance of waste management and install garbage collection points. On both Lesvos and Samos, we work with local Greek contractors who come to collect rubbish from the camps. This program is incredibly important especially during this time of Covid-19. 3. FC Barcelona Football Program Being far away from home is difficult for everyone, especially children. We want every child who migrates to Lesvos to live in a safe environment in which they can still live out their hopes and dreams. As a part of our wish, we have created an opportunity for boys and girls to run around, have fun and smile. So, we started a football program with coaches – both volunteers and residents – who bring something more than just a ball to the field. With FutbolNET methodology provided by the Barca Foundation, we can offer children life-scenario lessons where we can discuss values such as respect, teamwork, effort, ambition and humility, through a range of sports. (This project is temporarily on hold due to Covid-19.) 4. The Kara Tepe clothing store "When little normal things happen in the middle of a crisis, they are like diamonds" - Laura Jansen. This striking quote from Laura, one of the founders of Movement On The Ground, truly applies to our resident and visiting volunteer-run clothing store in Kara Tepe. This store, which is located in the Lesvos refugee camp for the most vulnerable cases, offers residents the opportunity to select a new set of clothing every three months. This pack includes a range of clothing including; pants, sweaters, jackets, shirts, underwear and shoes, all suited to the season to come. And if the pants don't fit? Never fear, our tailoring service run by camp residents ensures that everyone goes home with the perfect fit. Sounds pretty normal right? Well, that's exactly what we're aiming for! This World Refugee Week, take a step and support one of our projects. You can do this by sharing and spreading this blog posts or by donating directly to this page!
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