What we do

The Movement On The Ground Mission

We are Movement on the Ground. We are an organisation of motivated people responding to a humanitarian crisis affecting  innocent children, women and men forced from their homes.

Motivated to bring change to the humanitarian field, Movement on the Ground's mission is to enable human relief, cultivate solutions and drive sustainable change with and for refugees and their host communities. We believe everyone, no matter who you are or where you're from, should live in a healing and self-sustaining environment.

Camp to CampUs

At the core of the Movement On The Ground mission is the ‘Camp to campUs’ philosophy, the process of transforming refugee hotspots into safe and dignified environments. Places where refugees feel empowered and included in the running of services and projects. Where both host and hosted community can feel included, valued and connected.

Our Camp to campUs philosophy is something that we have developed and improved over our years of working with the refugee community. The impact of this philosophy on humanitarian work is incredible, and we are now trying to spread our approach to wherever it is needed.


Building bridges

Forging close communities and connecting different groups affected by the situation is at the heart of Movement on the Ground. Every day, Community Volunteers with very diverse backgrounds, local Greeks and visiting volunteers work shoulder-to-shoulder on solving problems. Creating strong connections between people  is what allows our programs and services to flourish. Diverse cultures and mindsets work together, thinking in solutions, not problems. Together our diverse team provides practical living solutions  for the camp residents,run sports tournaments for all residents host digital and real life  classes where residents can receive an education to prepare them for the future, and much more!

Where we work

Movement on the Ground is active in Greece on Lesvos, Samos, Chios, as well as in Athens. Outside of Greece we are active in both Poland and The Netherlands. On Lesvos we work in the new Reception and Identification Centre, sharing and implementing our Camp to CampUs philosophy. We do the same in and around Camp Zervou  on Samos and Camp Vial  on Chios. In Athens, we run three homes for unaccompanied minors. In Poland we support a group of Ukrainian orphans housed in a summer camp. In the Netherlands we are collaborating with COA and NIDOS to relieve the tensions in the Dutch system.

Want to know more? www.movementontheground.com