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I am a U.S. citizen, from Durango, Colorado, working for a major airline. I am based in Frankfurt, Germany. I have been volunteering my time for the last year and a half collecting and distributing clothing from the U.S. and sending them to many parts of Europe, especially in northern Greece where I work in one of the refugee camps. I am implementing ways for refugees to create, design and fill their time whilst waiting for their asylum. Through our art project, Nea Kavala Art Without Borders on Facebook, we have created a lovely traveling exhibition to create awareness, show the art from the children and those that have been displaced and generate support for the many families that I have met along this journey.
This is the most challenging time for all of us, but we must let love win and work together in solidarity for the good of all humankind. Join me on this journey to make a difference!

— Kayra Martinez —

 

 

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They’re working nonstop to see that all people are being looked after, even the locals. If you have two weeks, loads of energy and the spirit of humanity, please go help.
I just spent almost two weeks there and they’re in great need of volunteers.
#chios #volunteerism #yallah
Thank you!
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CESRT a team that is working 24/7. In all the landings! Children's house! English center ! Vial distributions! Locals boutique ! Cooking for locals ! Warehouse ! Beach cleaning ! All our volunteers register to Police and Port police. IF YOU HAVE THE ENERGY TO HELP US KEEPING HUMANITY ALIVE JOIN US!!

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For a few months now, it has been very difficult for us to find families that meet the necessary requirements to opt for a home with Himaya.

These are:

- Having arrived in Europe before the treaty between the EU and Turkey was signed, and thus be able to request asylum in another EU country

- Have a direct, ascending or descending family member, (that is, parents if they are minors, or children) in another EU country.

Since in Himaya we do not have social workers, psychologists, nor official translators, we can not accommodate families that do not meet the criteria mentioned above.

It is for this reason that we have decided to stop looking for families to house them in flats. There is also the fact that the camps in the north of Greece are no longer in the bad conditions they were when we started, and it is no longer an emergency to take the families out of the camps, although it would be desirable if these camps did not exist and all the people were rehoused in decent housing ....

Now we find other emergencies that we can take care of, such as the costs of the passages of families who have to travel to another country for family reunification.

People who are asylum seekers and do not have family in another country have their passage covered as the governments take care of them, but those who do have a family must pay for the ticket themselves, which is really makes things very difficult, if not impossible, in most cases.

It is for this reason that in Himaya we believe that the urgency now is to be able to pay for these passages so that families can complete their process of reunification in the EU.

There are many families that need us, and as we told you in the previous post, the tickets are not cheap ... We hope to continue having your understanding and your support in the new direction the association is going to take.

Not for that reason we are going to neglect the families that are still staying with us, nor are we going to close the doors to those who need accommodation, as long as they meet the aforementioned criteria.

For us it is very hard to have to put these "rules" at the time of housing someone on the flats, but it is the only way to not harm them in the long term, since we do not have the logistics or infrastructure necessary to take charge of the families that will have to ask for asylum in Greece.

You can extend this information to whoever you think is necessary. We hope to continue helping many families, just as we have done so far.

And, above all, we wish we would not be needed in a future where no human being was deemed illegal ...
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A young man (21) from Syria has received his work permit. He is looking for a job in Wesseling or Köln, Germany.
Can anyone recommend someone that can help facilitate finding him something?
Thank you!
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Imagine my surprise as I was unpacking the art from a very talented Syrian artist, Salam Ahmad.
There it was, a life size image of me!
This artist has sent yet another package of art to be sold in order to raise funds for the refugees in Greece. He’s made it to Switzerland and has been so generous to donate his beautiful art.
His art is to be seen at many exhibitions in Europe so we‘re very honored to have him as our friend and on our team!
We only have two more pieces of his art left, as they flew off the shelves so to speak. I am so touched by this gracious gesture.
This is why I do what I do!
Thank you Salam and all the artists for your inspiration, kind gestures and giving hearts.
I am actively looking for a gallery that can show his art in the USA. If you have ideas, please send a PM.
salam-arte.com/
#neakavalaartwithoutborders #artheals #artist #love #buildlongertablesnothigherfences #myhero
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Delaware County Students Get Art Surprise From Syrian Refugees

 

How Refugee Children In Greece Are Sharing Their Life Experiences Through Art

 

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Attention surfers, water skiers and divers!

We’re making a call out to anyone that has a wet suit to donate and send to us for Lesbos, Greece. These are very useful in helping our volunteers on the front line who are singlehandedly taking the refugees out of the cold water and bringing them to safe grounds. Whether you’re in the U.S., Europe or anywhere else we can give you an address or drop off location so you can send them to us.

If you would like to donate one we have some links available of wetsuits that are recommended.

Feel free to PM me with any questions and thank you in advance for your donations!

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