Five Movement Moments: Final Tournament, English Lessons, More Benches, Our Master Chefs and Rain Coats


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.

On Samos last week, the Zervou football tournament ended in a highly anticipated final with Dream Boys narrowly triumphing over Refugee United. Congratulations to captain Musa and the team on the win, and thanks to our incredible community coaches Osman and Amir and to visiting volunteers Olly and Philipp for organising such a successful tournament which ran for 6 weeks and saw 78 players from over 15 countries take part.

On Lesvos this week, we met Ajawid and Akhtar. After a week of heavy rains on the island, these two Afghan boys who have been staying on the Greek islands since 2019, together with their families, decided to take take advantage of this sunny afternoon to play marbles, despite the cold weather.

Last week on Lesvos, our teams of community and visiting volunteers built up to 32 wooden benches for the newly installed WASH containers to provide a safe space for the whole community as they wait to take a shower or use the toilet facilities. Together with fellow organisation Watershed Foundation, our team will continue working every day to ensure access to these facilities. In addition to providing technical assistance, coordination and facilitating the operations and maintenance.

Food continues to unite, bringing people together! Another beautiful moment from Samos, where Afghan chef Abdul visiting from the MOTG Lesvos team met with Syrian chef Ayman, a volunteer in RIC Zevrou ... They both shared and exchanged cooking ideas whilst learning some from Melting Pot, a cookbook by our Education Coordinator Sophie Streeting. At the end of the day, Abdul and Ayman invited the community volunteers for a delicious meal they both prepared.

Last week on Chios, we distributed 50 sets of rain gears to our team of community volunteers in Vial camp including rain jackets, trousers and rain boots. A gear that can help them carry on with their daily assistance to the whole community without having to worry about the rain. With also have YOU to thank for your contribution towards our Rain Gear provision this year.

Not everyone has the same opportunities. That is why we continue to stand in solidarity with these people on the move on the Greek islands. These are some of the activities and programmes we run together with and for these communities in an effort to transform refugee camps into safe, healing and enabling environments. By starting a fundraiser on our Kentaa platform, you too can contribute to our community-led projects including; chai distribution, tailoring, education, sports and waste management.

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