Five Movement Moments: Painting, Two Farewells, Kalostea and Upcycling


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.

Last week on Chios we connected with Mohammed. A Vial camp resident from Palestine and a very talented artist. We met him as he stepped up to add more colours to Kalostea - our community space on Chios - by drawing a trea. A tree he would like to call ' the tree of hope' and where his fellow residents will be able to write down their thoughts in words, adding them to the leaves.

Also on Chios last week, we bid farewell to Aminata and Anes. Aminata is a Vial camp resident from Sierra Leone who has been living on Chios for the last four months. Last week she received the great news about her asylum being granted and went to Athens to start a new chapter together with her newborn.

In Vial camp last week, we reconnected with Ali Alhamoud; a community volunteer from Syria. Together with his wife and two children they have been living on Chios. Last week they heard the news about their asylum being granted. Ali decided to stay for some time on the island, offering his helping hands in support of the community.

Last week on Chios, our amazing community volunteers Abdel Fatah and Okke stepped up to construct a new door for Kalostea, helping to make it a warmer place for the community on these cold days. Kalostea is the safe place where the residents continue to meet, play and connect over a cup of tea.

On Chios as well, Lara - our coordinator - and Lebo - an amazing community volunteer from the Democratic Republich of Congo - stepped up to do some deconstruction work, helping to make the camp a cleaner place. These wooden and plastic material are re-used as part of our upcycling programme to construct benches, tables and other items for our community space, Kalostea!

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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