Destroyed, fenced or soon not existing homes

Fire in Mavrovouni CampSeptember 27, there was information on social media about a fire in Mavrovouni Camp on Lesvos. A blaze set several containers on fire, luckily no one got injured. However, some people lost their belongings and paper which is a hard set back, as it is very complicated for asylum seekers and refugees

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Working together gets you forward

Updates from Victoria Community Centre and our Partners It feels like just yesterday when we first met with Silvia and JB from A Drop in the Ocean at Victoria Square to discuss a potential collaboration. Now, at Victoria Community Centre, we’ve been working as main partners since March 2022. A Drop in the Ocean aims

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Catch Ups and Rooftop Updates

Last week the OHF team, alongside those from our partner organisations, came together for an evening of conversation, food and music on our wonderful rooftop space here at Victoria Community Centre.Between busy schedules and important meetings, it can sometimes be hard to catch each other, so events like these are crucial for everyone to come

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The new multi-talent in our security team

Meet Mahdi! Mahdi works as a member of the security team here at OHF and has been with us for just over a month. A regular attender of OHF when based on Lesvos, Mahdi decided to work with us when he came to Athens, and can usually be found greeting visitors at the Welcome Desk

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Creating art with a smile

Meet Emma! Emma, an art therapist and textile designer from Scotland, volunteered with us in the summer. With her calm, friendly, helpful presence; open mind and big heart, she worked at the Café and re-started the art table, where she facilitated kids and adults alike to express themselves through arts and crafts.Fariba, who worked very

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You ask us, we ask you

Ask us a question:What would you like to know about people on the move and/or about their Situation in Greece? Are you interested in anything particular?  Tell us what you do:Do you also work together with people from other countries of origin, do you support asylum seekers in any way? We are curious to hear

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Relocated and pushed back

Eviction of oldest camp near Athens The Eleonas camp was scheduled to be closed in mid-August. This led to clashes between residents and activists and the police. The migrants do not want to be transferred again to a new “temporary” place, and long for long-term solutions and stability. Nevertheless, by the end of the year, all

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Calm but creative

VICTORIA COMMUNITY CENTRE Latest news from the Victoria Community Centre and our caféThe OHF café is a hub of activity and we have been busy with visitors, young and old, over the last few weeks! Alongside providing orange juice, coffee, WiFi and a space to rest and socialise, the café is also a place for

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OHF Charity Day in Basel

This month there was another OHF event in Switzerland. On Saturday, August 27, a charity day was held at the Lido in Basel. It was possible to register in advance for beach volleyball, paddle tennis and bocce tournaments.The whole day was spent playing and sweating (an OHF team consisting of board members, volunteers and former

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Goodbye Yahia!

As announced in the last newsletter, we say goodbye here to our coordination team member, Yahia. Yahia has been a valuable team member for several years and we would like to thank him from the bottom of our hearts for everything he’s done for One Happy Family. Yahia, with your calmed, level-headed and reflective nature,

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