Community Center on Lesvos

"Work WITH the people,
not FOR them"

The One Happy Family Community Center is a place which is built and run together with people from refugee camps on the Greek island of Lesvos.

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Learn about the hisory and the people behind the One Happy Family community center.

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From our blog

  • Happy people do good things
    „Happy people do good things“ – as simple as it is, that’s what I’ve learned at the OHF. And it is a challenge to spread happiness in a context where crimes against humanity caused by the European closed-doors policy become the most visible. Deportations, inhuman conditions in the camps, a lack of perspective – all these EU-constructions are not […]

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#OneHappyFamily was introduced to Australia today!

Former Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs, renowned investigative journalist, Peter Greste, and our own Bridget Chivers were some of the big names to speak at the student-run @DirrumDirrum Festival at @Radford College Canberra. This year’s theme focused on “truth-telling and power”, and “shared sustainable prosperity”.

Bridget Chivers shared with the audience:

“OHF works to give some dignity and self-determination back to those trapped in transit. The community centre is not built and run for the people, but with them. Together with people from different nations, volunteers, asylum seekers and refugees; it has become a community. In this place, there is no race, no borders. Religion and nationality doesn’t matter here.
The people from the camps often live in total dependency on governmental or NGO aid. Most of them do not wish this. They want to help themselves. They want to be self-determined not determined by others. So, this place is a place of stories. Every single human that walks in here has a story, has a past, has dreams for their future, has skills. These are their messages for you, and their wishes”.

A small display accompanied her speech. This showed the situation in #Moria, snaps of #OHF and portraits and testimonies of the many people who have been part of #OneHappyFamily since we opened.

Let’s keep this global movement going!

Thank you lovely Bridget for your dedication🧡

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Awesome Bridget Chivers!!

#_O_My_Allah #_Amazing ❤

#MeetTheFamily: 
#OneHappyFamily is a community center open to everyone. Sometimes we have visitors or team members with special needs. Our new cat family for example needs water in a potty and some food served to their little makeshift next to the water tanks several times a day.

‘I hope that one day I will be strong and independent like my mum cat so that I can be responsible for myself and take care of others’

Thank you beautiful cats to make our space a bit cuter and a lot of people happy.

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#MeetTheFamily:
#OneHappyFamily is a community center open to everyone. Sometimes we have visitors or team members with special needs. Our new cat family for example needs water in a potty and some food served to their little makeshift next to the water tanks several times a day.

‘I hope that one day I will be strong and independent like my mum cat so that I can be responsible for myself and take care of others’

Thank you beautiful cats to make our space a bit cuter and a lot of people happy.

#togetherforthebetter
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3 days ago

 

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Yes It's so cute 😗

Nico Stevens

Omg soooooo cute

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