About us

Founded by a group of independent business people and creatives who were touched by the European refugee crisis and called to action, Stichting Movement On The Ground has evolved into a team of like-minded individuals determined to bring change to humanitarian field. We believe every human being forced from their home has the right to a dignified reception. We envision a global Movement of people, organisations and governing bodies ensuring every human being forced from their home receives a dignified reception.

We stand with and for people on the move. We build bridges with the local communities where we work. We acknowledge the dire circumstances, but remain optimistic about the positive change that can be achieved. We ensure refugee environments are safe, healing and enabling using our Camp to campUs philosophy. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with all stakeholders, including the local host community, governing bodies and other organisations.

We want to change the public perception of what it means to be a 'refugee'. We want to drive sustainable change with and for people on the move. Ultimately, we want to help pave the way for people on the move to integrate into their future society.

We are still small and we don't have all the answers, but we aim to fill in the humanitarian gaps wherever it is most needed.


At the core of the Movement On The Ground mission is the ‘Camp to campUs’ philosophy. What started as a model demonstrating how to transform a refugee camp into a safe, healing and enabling environment, evolved into a mindset and a way of working.

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We do what needs to be done to create sustainable change with and for people on the move. We therefore apply the Movement mindset:

  • HUMAN-CENTRED: We always put people at the core of our decision making. We have a ground-up approach.

  • BOLD: We seek opportunities rather than see challenges. We dare to challenge the status quo.

  • HUMBLE: We approach people, situations and circumstances with kindness, dignity and respect.

  • HANDS-ON: We are pro-active, with an anywhere and anyhow mindset.

  • BUILD BRIDGES: Between people and communities, between those on the move and those seeking to provide support.


Do you want to be part of a team of caring, ambitious, like-minded people determined to bring change to humanitarian aid? Come and join our team!


It's with great thanks to our partners and the contributions of our sponsors, Movement On The Ground has the opportunity to keep moving. From clothing donations to project development, our partners enable us to help and empower people on the move.


Our ambition is to be as transaprent and accountable as possible. We're continuously exploring ways and opportunities to improve this.

Policy plans and annual reports

Child Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Policy



Board Members

  • Adil Izemrane
  • Antonis Mathiellis

Executive Team

  • Maria Casini
  • Ali Shams Eddin
  • Martijn van Ommen

Office address

Kornarou street no. 4
ΤΚ 81100, Lesvos, Greece.

Subscribers and Sponsors

Movement on the Ground Hellas has no subscribers or sponsors as its only donor in 2020 was its mother entity "Movement On The Ground" based in The Netherlands.

Annual action report 2020

In 2020 Movement On The Ground's Hellas only action was the setup and management of three shelters for Unaccompanied Minors in Athens. 

Article of Association
Annual Financial Report Audit