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.

Who we are and what we do

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

Volunteer with us

We are always looking for people which support us on the ground as Volunteers.

Help us to be able to help

Your money keeps the center up and running. You can donate via bank transfer or PayPal.

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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Please find the English text below.

Das Koordinationsteam vom OHF braucht eure Unterstützung!

Rike: „Es ist wichtig, dass im OHF Langzeit-Volontäre arbeiten, die sich das Wissen über das Community Center wie auch über die Situation auf der Insel über Monate angeeignet haben.“

Durch die Übernahme einer Teilpatenschaft für das Jahr 2018 ermöglichst du unserem Koordinationsteam, dass wir den Betrieb auch in diesem Jahr reibungslos sicherstellen können. Wir benötigen weiterhin Paten und Patinnen (insgesamt suchen wir 200), die uns mit 30.- CHF (23.- €) im Monat oder mit einmalig 360.- CHF (267.- €) unterstützen.

Unterstütze Rike und die anderen Langzeit-Volontäre mit einer Patenschaft:
Danke, dass du uns hilfst zu helfen!


The coordination team of the OHF needs your support!

Rike: „It’s important for the OHF to have Longterm-Volunteers who have been working for months on the island and thus acquired the knowledge about the Community Center and the entire situation.”

By contributing to a sponsorship you enable our coordination team to continue their important on site work in 2018 and thus you ensure the running of the OHF. We still need godparents/sponsors (in total we need 200) who support the OHF coordination team with 30.- CHF (23.- €) a month or a one time amount of 360.- CHF (267.- €).

Support Rike and the other Longterm-Volunteers with a Sponsorship:
Thank you that you’re helping to help!
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Yes, support Rike ❤

Inside this space, everyone wants to be a child again!

Thanks to Alise Shafer Ivey and the Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles, the children at One Happy Family - Community Center, Lesvos have an amazing space, to play, learn and develop skills. Want to build futuristic houses with magnetic walls? Want to design, draw, play? Everything seems to be possible in "the nest".

Besides that, very close to our place, schwizerchrü Michael Räber opened the doors of the Little Happy Family, where they provide baby-showers, diapers and baby milk. As well as a beautiful, calm and warm place for the people to enjoy the day, get some tea, coffee and the delicious food from Talli Mahmud. With the new warehouse and distribution-center from The Hope Project right next doors. Furthermore, Refugee 4 Refugees is doing clothes-distributions in a warehouse close to #Moria. All of them are working very close together with the communities - #peoplewithskills and a lot of energy.

We are very happy to see, that the involvement of private initiatives and grassroots-organizations is getting bigger! This is definitely needed on the Island of #Lesvos!

#RefugeesGR #Fightforhumanity #togetherforthebetter #WITHnotFOR
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Wow !!! That is amazing!!!

Thank you all for helping people

😯 kids’ space looks incredible!! So happy to see that


CONGRATS! This is beautiful. Looking forwards to coming back this year and bring some little help and smiles.

Helen Kenneally look at the children’s space

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Attika Human Support: probably the most effective team on #Lesvos. We and the #RefugeesGR, visiting our boutique and hygienic mini-market highly appreciate your support!

Keep up the good work! Together we can make a change! ❤Attika review 7-14.1..2018

Good afternoon!!!!

Another week passed... And Attika team would love to show you what we have been up to 😍😍😍

Sending out 🚐🚐🚐

Little Happy Family - 1st load (baby food, baby formula, baby shampoo)

2HelpingHands - 1st load (clothes and baby accessories)

EuroRelief - 1st load (diapers), 2nd load (sanitary pads), 3rd (women jackets)

MDM - 1st load (newborn baby beds, blankets and clothes for distribution), 2nd (new born baby beds, diapers)

No Border Kitchen Lesvos - wooden table, pallets

Refugee 4 Refugees - 1st load (men jackets, jumpers, trousers, women jackets, jumpers, longsleeve, volunteer jackets, shoes 38, 46), 2nd (hygiene bags, shampoo), 3rd (men and women winter clothes), 4th ( man winter clothes, women underwear), 5th (hygiene bags)

Stage 2 - food

Hope Project - 1st load (kids clothes, women jackets, hygiebe bags, sanitary towels, blankets, sleeping bags)

Section B - 1st load (men, women, baby clothes)

Kara Tepe - 1st-2nd load (duvets, pillows)

Home - 1st load (men trousers, rainponchos, sanitary pads, shoes for women)

HSA - kids underwear

One Happy Family - Community Center, Lesvos - 1st load (backpacks for school), 2nd (women trousers, kids jackets, kids trousers, socks for kids and adults, gloves)

Gate 2 Life - baby seats, toys

Locals - box of balls for football, clothes, raincoats

Receiving 🚛🚛🚛

19 boxes from Sweden (through 2HelpingHands)

8 pallets from Germany Hamburger Hillfskovoi Solidarity Truck with winter clothes for all the genders and baby accessories

4 pallets from England, Faraday - all duvets and pillows which went the same day to municipality of Kara Tepe

2 pallets of diapers and baby wipes from Help Refugees

75 new boxes from 2HelpingHands


Attika team😍

In the case you want to donate straight to Attika, bank details attached 🙂

Alpha Bank
Attika Human Support
GR23 0140 6010 6010 0200 2015 853
Even the small help is always countable!


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Attika Human Support: probably the most effective team on #Lesvos. We and the #RefugeesGR, visiting our boutique and hygienic mini-market highly appreciate your support! 

Keep up the good work! Together we can make a change! ❤

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