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Another year in the camp

2021 on Lesvos in a nutshell 2021 started with a stronger attempt from the Greek authorities to censor NGOs and make working with asylum seekers, migrants and refugees more difficult. OHF had to handle this hurdle and re-register in Greece, but luckily thanks to the hard and detailed work of our volunteers in Switzerland and

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Thank you for another year full of new ideas

Update Shuttle Bus As announced in the last newsletter, we owe you an update regarding the shuttle bus. We are happy to announce that there is now a bus from the camp to OHF and back twice a day from Monday to Friday. This should enable our visitors to reach the Community Centre dry during

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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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You are OHF! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Running a community centre on Lesvos and supporting people on the move is not possible without you. Not only are the people engaging with people on the move on the ground important, but all our supporters around the world play a very central role. Without all of you reading this newsletter and all the other

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OHF got a new generation

Meet our OHF babies! 👶🏻👶🏼 After long months of waiting, our extended family has grown!  We finally got to meet Selin and Hussein. The two beautiful babies of our community volunteers Mohammed and Hosein.  Hosein has left Lesvos with his family and the newborn Selin to continue his journey to a better life. We’ll give

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We fell in love with the project

Meet Arturo and June Our new amazing social media guys from Italy and Spain have been here with us since October. Arturo is a very smiling and charismatic guy. He is very creative and always shows it by coming up with new ideas for the community. Arturo likes to be at the registration or at

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Postcards and Donations

As you read in the section “News from the Community Centre”, we unfortunately had to make the decision to offer a more limited selection at OHF. But to be able to do even that, we need your help. We have designed wonderful postcards which you can now buy in Switzerland and Germany. With each card

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Stay Informed

“People still missing despite major rescue effort as smugglers switch to more perilous route from Turkey” reports The Guardian. Five years of migration crisis in pictures by POLITICO. The Council of Europe announces New Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees: Leyla Kayacik

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Solidarity with all

Not enough food Up to 60% of current residents of Greek refugee camps do not have access to enough food because of a halt to cash assistance for asylum seekers and denial of food support to both rejected asylum seekers and recognized refugees. A law that was passed last year came into effect this month

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New and proven

Low visitor numbers The number of visitors is dropping- especially because the weather has changed and is getting worse. For the people who live in the camp, opportunities to leave are still unfortunately quite limited. The idea of organising a shuttle bus from the camp to One Happy Family has been proposed. This would enable

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