We are Movement On The Ground, a foundation responding to a humanitarian crisis affecting the innocent men, women and children forced from their homes due to climate change, poverty and war. Movement On The Ground sets a new blueprint for humanitarian help worldwide.
We are a group of independent business people, creatives and companies who were each, in their own way, touched by the crisis and called to action. Whether it was because of the national debate in the Netherlands, the effect of the refugee crisis locally, the immediate response to the arrival of refugees at Amsterdam Central station, or the first-hand experience of visiting Lesvos, all of us were called to do more and give more. The simple act of giving inspired us to think bigger!
Our team in Amsterdam
Our team on the ground
Through social media we were able to connect with those on the ground and build a relationship with the groups working to ensure safe passages on Lesvos. Our personal networks were ignited to see where direct help was needed in order to supply a direct response.
In November 2015, we, as a collective, were able to donate much-needed items to help winter-proof some of the transit camps on the island. We donated lights, heaters, tents and crowd management assets as well as items to support the medical and search & rescue teams on the coast, and that was just the beginning. Over the years, we have initiated many more projects to help the current crisis on Lesvos, and now on Samos, too.
While we have been successful in initiating various projects to help improve the lives of the people residing in our campUSes, as well as help create a calmer atmosphere for Lesvos and Samos locals, we still have a long way to go!
We aim to maintain a fixed presence on the islands of Lesvos and Samos. We work extensively with the local Greek community in the attempt to connect the people of Lesvos and Samos with refugees. Our projects are all based on the goal of improving dignity for the refugee population.
Thanks to our partnerships and the generous contributions of our sponsors, Movement On The Ground is able to provide humanitarian aid to people in need all over the world.
Any contribution helps us in our mission to provide a dignified, innovative and sustainable response to the refugee crisis that benefits both refugees and host populations.
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