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International School of Peace closed

The International School of Peace (ISOP) has made some understandable and difficult decisions over these past months. Since March 2020, when the school burnt down and the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, many things changed and shifted from what we knew and how we worked. Their ability to fulfil their role in people’s lives they way

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Reusable bags from Manroof

Manroof supports us with 500 reusable bags per month. Those bags are made out of recycled banners. At OHF, we use those bags at the free online shop. They are packed with the ordered hygiene products and the people come and can pick up their individual orders.  Fifie, our coordination team member who is responsible

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First aid training

Last week we received an amazing and important first aid training provided by stichtingbootvluchteling. We were taught a number of lifesaving procedures from CPR to helping someone who is choking. A massive thank you to BRF for providing us with this training and helping us make OHF the safest place it can be!

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Colorful bubbles

And on and on the One Happy Family site gets more and more colourful. Our extraordinary volunteers together with our amazing visitors have been upgrading the community centre during the last days. The latest big colour change is that our free online shop has been given a new look.  We asked Chrysa, the brain behind

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Generations of Head of Security at OHF

But what does the security actually do? Is it only about looking like big policemen walking around speaking a secret language on a walkie-talkie? No – it is much different. The security team is the Welcome Committee of OHF. Ernest, our current Head of Security (read more about him in the Meet the Family part)

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Europe, can you look me in the Eyes?

In July, portraits of residents from the Kara Tepe camp were installed in 16 different European cities, as an exhibition from the famous photographer, JR. The exhibition is part of the larger “Inside Out Project”.  “Europe, Look me in the Eyes”, originally started in Lesvos, however it soon was echoed by groups across the European

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New board members

One Happy Family was just an idea in Spring 2017 and it has quickly become a place with many different ideas from many people, coming together to create and provide a safe and bubbly space.  After a bit of a chaotic start in Spring 2017 more and more people came to help at the newly

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Migrant Bus – on our way to challenge prejudices against refugees

Two former volunteers of One Happy Family decided to take on a new challenge and created the project Migrant Bus in France.  The idea of this project is to drive around France and create social bonds between people that would have never met otherwise. We love this idea because it’s similar to what One Happy

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Bazaar, wifi for the camp & 4 years of OHF

Things are looking promising with Greece set to ease some of the lockdown restrictions in late April/early May. For the moment, we are still operating in a slightly different capacity to what we were used to. Our online classes for our community volunteers are still running, and our online shop for the residents of the

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Small words make a big change

Today we want to share – along with the picture – some words from Estelle Jean, co-founder of one of our dear partner organisations:   “In 2017 I started Yoga and Sport FOR Refugees with Dana and Kamara. Practicing sports together with one goal: making people happy and strong, because in these difficult circumstances practicing sports

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