The situation in Greece is coming to a head: dramatic conditions prevail on the Greek islands. More than 40,000 people seeking protection are living in overcrowded refugee camps, and the danger from the coronavirus is growing.
The living conditions for refugees on the mainland are catastrophic as well. Help currently operates the "Mosaico House" in Athens - a safe home for refugee women and children. In order for this safe haven to continue to exist, we need your support: Donate now!
Forgotten by Europe
In 2019 the number of refugees arriving in Greece increased once more. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled war and persecution in their home countries and tried to reach Central Europe in recent years. There they hoped to live in safety. But the closure of the Balkan route in early 2016 has left tens of thousands of refugees stranded in Greece. Overnight, poorly equipped temporary refugee camps have become permanent homes for countless families.
41,000 refugees are currently stranded in camps on the Aegean islands alone, although there is only room for 7,500 people. Hygiene in the refugee camps is often catastrophic.
The need is huge on the mainland as well: currently, over 74,000 refugees are living there. Many of them are homeless and feel left alone. In order for the Greek population to meet the enormous challenge and to succeed in supporting and integrating the refugees, Greece depends on the solidarity of the other European countries.
For refugee women and children, fear is a constant companion. In the completely overcrowded refugee camps in Greece, they repeatedly become victims of violence and sexual assault. Mosaico House, founded by Help, offers single women and their children a safe home.
Help also supports house residents in accessing public bodies and the authorities, hospitals and schools. Here in Mosaico House, refugees find the basic essentials that they need, as well as protection and psychosocial counselling. Together with the refugees, language courses and other integration workshops are organised, and creative childcare is provided. With Mosaico House in the centre of Athens, Help has created safe accommodation where refugees can lead lives of dignity in an urban environment.
Donors and partners: ADH (Aktion Deutschland Hilft)
Finally able to hope again
Fourouzan (33) and her daughter, Elena (13), fled violence and terror in Afghanistan. Their journey was traumatising. When they arrived in Greece, they were both in very poor physical and mental health. It was only when they reached Mosaico House that they finally felt safe again. They regained their strength, their health improved, and Elena found the courage to face life again. Fourouzan says: “I see so much good here; they really care for us.”
Help currently runs Mosaico House in Athens for 36 women and children. Before this, Help improved the living conditions of around 22,000 refugees in main and transit accommodation, distributed shopping vouchers to 5,000 refugees, ran courses for around 2,300 people and provided advice on asylum law to around 2,900 asylum seekers and their relatives.