What we do


Movement On The Ground (MOTG) is a Dutch foundation established in 2015 by five independent business people and creatives who were touched by the refugee crisis and called to action. 

Motivated to change the game of humanitarian aid for refugees, Movement On The Ground made its mission to provide a dignified, sustainable and innovative response to the refugee crisis, that involves and benefits both refugees and their host community. We call this response, or in better term philosophy, “Camp to campUs”. 

We aim to maintain a fixed presence on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Samos, running projects in and around camps centred on our philosophy. We unlock the power and potential of refugees and include them in the running of our projects. We make them feel empowered and valuable. Together, we are working to improve their living conditions, maximise their skills and increase their connection to their host community in Greece.   

Our Camp to campUs philosophy is something that we have developed and nurtured, and we are now realising just how impactful this approach is in relation to the refugee crisis.

We believe every human has the right to a dignified and safe journey, especially when forced to move from their home country. To ensure we maintain our projects to help and improve the lives of such people, and initiate many more successful projects by 2030. For every action we take, we keep three crucial keywords in mind; Impact, Scale, and Disrupt.

  • IMPACT: When preparing to take action, we always ask ourselves, are we making an impact on people’s lives? How can we make an even bigger impact? Our goal is to impact the lives of over 12 million people by 2030.
  • SCALE: With the success of our Camp to CampUS concept on Lesvos, we plan to spread this project across the globe by 2030.
  • DISRUPT: We always want to disrupt the game by being an innovative and impactful player in the NGO field.

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