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„A part of my heart will stay here with the people…“

What an energetic person Emma is! We were lucky enough to have her in our team as a longterm volunteer, totally motivated to keep on sharing OHFs spirit as well after she was leaving and already organized a Christmas market stand to raise funds for OHF by selling the amazing postcards made at the art

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One Happy Family „gives a piece of normality back“

A primary school teacher that takes a one year break to discover different things and then came to us, this is Barla, our amazing, funny, positive, smart, always smiling friend! Since she’s a teacher she mainly taught in the Adult school but was also always there for any other daily tasks that we needed her

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“One Happy Family is a safe bubble”

Jojo, 23, Student in Educational Studies in History, Politics and Sports My most memorable moment is…  When we organised the first football tournament and saw that everybody was so happy afterwards. What struck me the most is…  How the whole situation is setting up refugees for failure. People lack access to the most basic things they

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‘’ We need to keep fighting for people’s human rights!‘’

Lily Peck, 27, agriculture/ plant sciences PhD student from England For the past 5 weeks Lily has been working with us in One Happy Family for the second time this year. After this experience, she wants to raise more awareness in her home country. ‘’People think that the crisis here on Lesvos is over. It

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‘Kindness can go a long way’

Ashley and Jordan Johnsen Living in the United States, Ashley and Jordan Johnsen know the refugee crises is a hot topic. But with Trump as their president, they say there is not a lot of information about displaced people. A reason to come to Lesvos to see the situation themselves. ‘Trump dominates our news cycle.

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‚Refugees are not from a different planet‘

Gaelle Dietrich Gaelle Dietrich volunteers in a center for refugees in Germany. To learn more about what these people are going through, she decided to go to Lesvos. ‘I wanted to go a little bit further in the work I am doing. I felt the need to see where the people I work with have

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‚My impact starts now‘

Tina Leiser She decided to go to Lesvos because she felt the need to know what refugees in Europe go through. After this experience, Tina Leiser is ready to raise awareness in Switzerland. ‘I know my impact in Lesvos was really small. But I needed to come here to understand the whole situation. Now I

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‚Try to imagine how it feels to be a refugee‘

Soa Krummenacher She wanted to travel, but she could not decide where to go. A documentary about Moria made her decide to go to Lesvos. ‘It was not a problem, but the fact that I had so many opportunities in my life stressed me out. What if I didn’t make the right choice? After seeing

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‚I am confronted with the reality now‘

Brigitte Fredriksen As an English teacher, Brigitte Fredriksen decided she wanted to use her education skills somewhere else. Her experience in One Happy Family has moved her and opened her eyes. ‘The people I’ve met in the community center are so open, friendly and welcoming. The daily life of the refugees is so different from

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‚This experience will stay in our hearts‘

Elisabeth Tobler, Barbara Aulopi & Alexsandra Hitz Elisabeth Tobler, Barbara Aulopi and Alexsandra Hitz wanted to make the world a little bit better. When they got to know about One Happy Family, they knew this was the right place to volunteer. ‘We feel close to the motto of this community center; not working for, but

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Giulia-Berti

‚One Happy Family teaches you how to be kinder‘

Giulia Berti She wanted to go to Lesvos before, but her family told her not to. It was a friend of Giulia Berti (25) who told her about One Happy Family and made her decide to volunteer at the community center. ‘My family thought it would be too dangerous to work here. But when my

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‘One Happy Family: a home for the people who need it’

Sam Salih Sam Salih fled his country from war five years ago. He stayed for two months in Greece, travelled to Italy and eventually was able to get to Germany. Now he finally is in safety, he decided to commit his life to helping others who are stuck in Greece. This is his fourth time

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‚Sometimes a Mandala can save a life‘

Dilan Siper I came to Lesvos, because … ‘A feeling of powerlessness overwhelmed me. I am active in a left-wing student group, but because of my study I didn’t have a lot of time to focus on it. Added to this, political work is very frustrating. You put so much effort in it, but you

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‚Volunteering in One Happy Family has become an addiction‘

Fanny from Switzerland One Happy Family still had to be built, when Fanny Oppler came here for the first time.This was more than a year ago. In March this year, she visited the center for the third time. ‘When I arrived here one year ago, I did a lot of construction work. I painted the

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Die Bank von Moria

„Good morning my friend.“ My friend, das sind die ersten Wörter, die man auf Englisch lernt, wenn man in Moria lebt. So wie Mina, die Afghanin, die jeden Morgen an meinem Bankschalter steht. Also, Bankschalter ist übertrieben. Es ist ein halb kaputter Laptop aus dem Jahr 2001 und eine Metallkiste mit Spielgeld-Drachmen drin. Bloß, dass

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A unique and a safe haven for a lot of people

Thoughts of Jael To and Noemi Fricker, two of our One Happy Family Volunteers, after working with One Happy Family for a couple of days. The media seems to have forgotten about the reality that thousands are still fleeing war zones… People are still coming almost daily to Lesvos and other Greek Islands with inflatable

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Happy people do good things

„Happy people do good things“ – as simple as it is, das habe ich im OHF gelernt. Und es ist herausfordernd, glückliche Momente zu verschaffen angesichts der Art und Weise, wie Menschen auf der Flucht an den europäischen Außengrenzen behandelt werden, als Aushängeschild der Abschottungspolitik. Deportationen, unwürdige Bedingungen in den Camps, die Perspektivlosigkeit – all

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Es läuft – aber nicht ohne unsere Helfer

Eindrücke nach 9 Wochen als Volunteer Koordinatorin Von meinem ersten Aufenthalt im Frühjahr 2016 wusste ich wie intensiv schon ein kurzer Einsatz vor Ort sein konnte. Anderes Land, viele neue Menschen aus verschiedensten Kulturen, mit anderen Mentalitäten, schwierigen und traurigen Vergangenheiten und Geschichten. Auch diesmal stellten sich einige der Freiwilligen ähnliche Fragen wie ich mir:

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Shuttle, Bücher, Pflanzen, Shuttle

Der Tagesablauf ist einfach. Um 8 Uhr klingelt der Wecker, um 9 Uhr wird der Kaffee ins Community Center geliefert. „One happy family“ oder kurz OHF wird der Ort genannt, wo wir arbeiten, leben, uns die Nasen an der Sonne zu verbrennen. Weil wir das grösste Auto haben, haben wir die Ehre jeden morgen ca.

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