Record number of low arrivalsAccording to the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum, the number of arrivals to Greece is down 53% in the first eight months of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020. Arrivals to Lesvos are down 75% during this same period. As of 19th September, there are 3,432 refugees and asylum …read more
Leaving the camp Unfortunately, during the last weeks, the rules were changed again when it is possible for residents to leave the camp and when not. This has unfortunately also led to fewer people being able to visit our community centre again. Currently people who are with their police number on a list are allowed …read more
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 …read more
Have you ever heard of Abibliophobia – the fear of running out of reading material? Don’t worry, at OHF we have the cure! We have books for all ages and in many languages. Now thanks to our fantastic handyman Rowan (once again!), We have brand new bookshelves. Since the library is not being used as …read more
Wahid is one of our superhero security team members from Afghanistan and has been with us for 5 months. He joined OHF because he wanted to meet people from all over the world. He currently knows four languages: Pashto, Dari, Turkish, English and he is learning Greek! Ping Pong is one of his favourite things …read more
Meet Kirstine! Today we want to say a special goodbye to our lovely volunteer Kirstine from Denmark! Kirstine has been with us for five months and has been making our social media shine, spark and flourish. She was inspired to come here to work as a volunteer because “at OHF, no matter skills or previous …read more
Once again, the coverage of the situation for refugees at the EU external border has disappeared from the majority of the media. Therefore, we want to give an insight into the situation on Lesvos and inform about how the OHF has adapted to the current situation. We look forward to seeing many familiar and new …read more
Afghanistan is facing a new, urgent crisis, and is fearing the consequences of the takeover of the Taliban. As a reaction to that, Greece is strengthening its borders out of fear of a new influx of frightened refugees. Migratory movements into Europe over land and sea are, until now, running as usual. However, the Evros Land …read more
The long wait is over – the Gym has finally reopened!
The gym has been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, however now we are able to open it as an outdoor space under new rules. The manager of the Gym, Rahman, is so excited.
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) …read more