In the 1920s, Kilkis, a small region of Northern Greece was a land of refuge for thousands of people. Back then, seven refugee families built a shelter that became a home for generations.
Nearly 100 years later, Help Refugees is partnering with the local association OMNES, which uses the same shelter as a base to house families in the region.
But Help Refugees support goes beyond just housing people. This is about inclusion, this is about rebuilding people’s lives in times of social crisis.
Interpreters, lawyers, social scientists, nurses and more are there to foster people’s process of social inclusion. All of this is available in the new Help Refugees funded inclusion centre, which is open to everyone. Certified teachers are within 3 classrooms and one computer lab providing language and other vocational education on a daily basis. Other professionals and volunteers are creating recreational activities for all. The multi-language books available in the library and the children space pleases the young ones while the free wifi area will soon guarantee additional online education opportunities.
Without access to legal information, refugees are often lost in an information void and are often unable to proceed effectively with their asylum claim. Besides funding the pilot housing program, Help Refugees assisted OMNES in creating a crucial space to foster inclusion, since August 2017, as they became the sole supporter of the OMNES legal department.
Together we are giving legal support to all 521 residents:
– 452 people awaiting resolution on their family reunification, relocation to another EU country and asylum in Greece.
– 42 persons who were recently granted refugee status
– 27 persons are locals.
We do this because we believe that every family should always be granted the right to be together, because each of us has a right to protection.
The project is transforming the lives of hundreds of people while supporting the local economy. It has created 19 full-time local employment positions in an area severely affected by unemployment and youth desertification.
This human and rights based approach is how we provide long-lasting, sustainable solutions in times of crisis.
Please participate in supporting local projects, independent volunteers and refugees having a direct impact of people’s lives.