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  • Our organization is expanding, both on Samos & Lesvos as well in our Amsterdam office. So we are looking to strengthen our team! Are you looking to make the world a better place while being professionally challenged? If you want to make some real impact and join a team of highly motivated, professional and dedicated people with a true global ambition? You found your match! Currently for our Amsterdam office we're looking for: A Financial Controller & a Fund Raiser. Have a look on our website (on the About us page) to see both vacancies! And of course we ALWAYS can use extra help on Samos & Lesvos. Together we can make impact!
  • Great news! Thanks to the Johan Cruyff Foundation and the Postcodeloterij three Cruyff Courts will be built. Two of those will be on Lesvos, and one on Samos. @johnnydemolofficial, co-founder of our Movement, and Niels Meijer, Managing Director of the Johan Cruyff Foundation, were surprised in tv program Koffietijd last Friday with a cheque of no less than 1 million euro’s! This money goes to the Johan Cruyff Foundation, who’ll use it to construct the pitches and to fund our Sports Program! This program is an essential element of our Camp To CampUs approach, with which we are creating a better future for everyone, together. Through this sports program we teach children values such as respect, sportsmanship, dignity and patience. It also builds bridges between the local community and the newcomers, as Greek children are also welcome to participate. This is an enormous opportunity and we’re extremely grateful to the @postcodeloterij and the @cruyfffoundation for their support. Let’s build bridges together! #CampToCampUs #CruijffCourt #sportsprogram
  • History repeats itself. With the catastrophic events in Moria fresh in our memory, it is with a heavy heart that we must inform about another tragic event taken place on Samos. A big fire last evening in Vathy camp, caused close to 500 people to flee from their shelter and leaving behind the little things they had in the middle of the night. Together with other organizations on the ground we initiated an emergency response teams and provided help wherever we could. This is, however, merely a band-aid. We need a long-term solution, especially with the current situation on the other side of the Aegean sea deteriorating quickly. Europe can’t look away anymore, the people on the Greek islands, hosting and hosted want action otherwise we are facing an uncontrollable downward spiral. Foto credit: Samos24.gr
  • Are you a jack of all trades? A talented handyman/handywoman with experience in construction work? We need you! We’re currently working day and night to prepare Samos and Lesvos for winter but need all the extra expertise we can get. With your talents you can help get hundreds of people a warm(er) place to sleep during the cold period that lies ahead. Send us your application to volunteer@movementontheground.com. We are currently looking for a few handymen who can help us out with technical work around the campUS's asap!
  • What do you do when a heavy storm is approaching and there are thousands of people residing in summer tents in rural olive groves, knowing that without pallets and tarps, those tents will not stay dry... . Those times require action, therefore @because_we_carry @betterdaysngo @helprefugeesuk @ohfcommunitycenter @watershed.foundation @refugee4refugees @attikahuma @msfgreece and ourselves joined forces by carrying out a mass distribution to secure tents to the best we can. TOGETHER we managed to distribute and install 2000 pallets, hundreds of tarps and hundreds of meters of rope in just under a week. In one of the largest winterization operations so far on the island of Lesvos, involving at least 40 volunteers including residents from the refugee community, 15 coordinators, and 12 vehicles from different organisations, we were able to provide to the most vulnerable 400+ families relief in desperate times. We are so proud to work alongside the organisations mentioned above and are grateful for all your support to make this happen. MOTG #TogetherTowardsDignity Photo credits: @photolgaphy
  • October 2019 - We stand up in desperate times Exactly 4 years ago we set foot on Lesvos compelled to act after the drowning of little Aylan Kurdi who was on his way to the island but never made it. The picture that shocked the world was the starting moment for Movement on the Ground and our pledge to do whatever is in our power to bring dignity to those in need. Looking back on all the efforts and achievements today could have been a special moment and milestone yet it is again a remembrance day. We therefore take this opportunity to make an announcement that we hope will shine some light in these dark days: As of today MOTG has started officially conducting an emergency response operation to all the thousands of people living unprotected in the neighboring Moria camp olive grove fields. As we worry for the loss of more lives due to the inhumane conditions we feel obliged to take this responsibility on our shoulders when people face desperate times. Following our project in Olive Grove South where we host more than 700 people we will expand our same Camp to CampUs” approach to more than 4000 people in the other olive grove parts. This is done with the official approval of the authorities as they acknowledge such intervention is necessary. Though stretched in resources we have a plan for our biggest endeavor to date. We will be needing all the support we can have, for today we renew our 4 year old pledge of bringing dignity to all no matter what it takes. MOTG - Together Towards Dignity