I just touched down in Athens for an exciting week with Effect.org. While on my flight, I came across an article in The New York Times that gives a nice description of what life is like for those who are here. The common thread that I am seeing while researching this social issue is the feeling of helplessness and generally being "stuck". I am interested to learn more about how the nonprofits I will be working with this week are helping with that.
Speaking of nonprofits, I wanted to share a list of those we will be meeting with and a bit more about their mission.
With 60,000+ refugees stranded in Greece and millions of people displaced around the world, Ioanna Theodorou and her team were unable to ignore the struggle refugees in Lesvos, Idomeni, Piraeus, and many camps around Greece had to face everyday. But at the same time, the team also saw examples of creativity and efficient solutions for refugee aid that deserve to be recognized for their innovation and impact. This motivated them to created Campfire in May 2016 to support more efficient responses to the refugee crisis.
Over the course of the next few months, Campfire’s well-connected team present in Greece has mapped grassroots organizations and innovation, brought these small teams the much needed visibility of the policy makers and supported them with resources. Campfire collects inspirational stories and standout examples of innovation in refugee relief from the ground but now intends to transition from research into action.
Solomon is a content production nonprofit organization in Greece that is focusing on social inclusion by using the media and communications industry as a tool. Their aim is to promote an alternative perspective of the local community by showing the humanity that is common across us. Through Lab, a diverse group of students is being introduced to the basic techniques of photography & video, journalism and communications. They have the opportunity to practice their skills in magazine and our web video channel, Screen. After their graduation, the most skilled can start creating content for other media organizations, NGOs and companies through the Cue project and in this way gain extra income and opportunities for career development.
I cant wait to see what the team from Effect.org can bring to these organizations this week. I hope to write blog posts daily to keep those at home updated on the status.
Thanks again for all of your support and well wishes. I still have my fundraising page up on my website if you would like to support the team at Effect.org.
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