Five Movement Moments: Ambassador's Visit, Community Space, Playgrounds, Games and Maintenance


Looking back over the last week and a few moments of connectivity we shared with the communities we work with and for on the Greek islands.

This week the new Dutch Ambassador in Greece, Susanna Terstal, visited the islands of Lesvos and Samos to witness the situation and learn more about the challenges of the residents. She met with several actors on the ground and learned about the different programs and activities taking place within RIC Lesvos.

On Samos, though the residents are soon to be relocated to the newly built RIC Zevrou, our teams of community and visiting volunteers have been setting up a community space inside the Vathy camp. A fully shaded space with games for both the children and adults, enabling the community to gather, play and connect. 

On Lesvos, together with our construction team and in cooperation with the Global Design Initiative for Refugee Children led jointly by The Boston Society for Architecture and Boston Society of Landscape Architects, we constructed two mobile playgrounds for the children of the community. Featuring modular wooden frames, these playgrounds were designed to reflect the play needs of the children in the first place.

On chios, Kalostea continues to bring the residents of Vial camp together. Our maintenance team put in place two new game stations for the community of Vial. A tennis table and a football table. Both created out of upcycled material as part of our upcycling project. We will continue to work towards improving this community space with more of the games and activities brought forward by the community itself.

On Chios this week, our maintenance team has been conducting technical and electrical repairs for both the living containers and WASH facilities throughout the week. Fixing air conditioning, leakage, flooring and electricity to ensure the safety of the residents.

These are some of the activities and programs we run together with and for the communities on the Greek islands as part of our #camptocampUs philosophy. We believe this is how we, at Movement On The Ground can positively contribute to a more enabling environment for and with people on the move.

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