Refugee community education & arts center in Northern Greece

For: Refugees in Northern Greece
Polikastro, Greece
Organizer: Open Cultural Center
Refugee community education & arts center in Northern Greece (Refugees in Northern Greece)
of €20,000 goal
34% Complete
Raised by 81 donors

The Story

Support vulnerable refugee children and their families in Greece!

OCC (Open Cultural Center) is a non profit organization that develops educational and cultural programs in Greek camps, and in city centers where vulnerable refugees are being housed. ("Vulnerable" = unaccompanied minors, families with young children, women who have liberated themselves from unsafe family situations.) We base everything we do on the community's input and community-determined needs.

For our latest project (in Polykastro), we've already transformed an empty commercial space, and we need your help to keep the lights and heat on--help us keep these lovely children warm!

Our teachers come from the refugee, Greek and volunteer communities. Courses include math, English, German, Arabic, Greek, art, music, yoga/meditation, sewing, and sports. We also host workshops (asylum information, free legal aid).

This our fourth OCC in Greece, and we are actively scouting our fifth location. Your donations will support the Polykastro center's operating expenses for one year, plus the startup and operating costs for another OCC location centralized in a population of vulnerable refugees. Our purchases also support the local Greek economy, building goodwill with an already generous local community.

Your €10 buys one chair for a student to sit on while learning
Your €30 buys a box of art supplies for children to channel their creativity
Your €76 pays the rent for a community's safe space for one week
Your €750 fully supports this community space: rent, heating, supplies, water and electrical costs for 90 students for one month

Please help us continue to offer a safe, comfortable culture and learning space. Because of you, some wonderful humans who have been displaced from their homes will smile and continue their education today! Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 20, 2018

Posted on June 20, 2018

Today and everyday we stand for the people who was forced to leave their home. There are over 60 million refugees worldwide.

Posted on March 1, 2018

Posted on March 1, 2018

Hello FundRaisers! Our projects in Greece and Barcelona are being carried out with the collaboration of our volunteers, to who we want to send a big THANK for being so involved in all the different activities!

The kindergarten, educational and coffee center of Polykastro are offering, day after day, different activities, lessons and courses for the refugees community.

In Barcelona we are still working on our projects of sensibilisation of children and adolescents and the integration of refugees people who are currently residing in Barcelona. We are also preparing everything for the festivity of Sant Jordi, in which we will be selling and promoting our book Amic Meu.

Thank you all for your support. We still have a lot of work to do!!! :)

Posted on February 6, 2018

Posted on February 6, 2018

Hello Fundraisers! I hope everything is fine for you all. In OCC we are really happy because our project "Escola Refugi" has been super well received by catalan schools! Last friday we closed our participation with "Teno Menjadors", a company which helped us on organising the lectures with the children at launch time in the different schools :)

In Polikastro, IsrAid's association did an activity with the children based on psicosocial support and we are still working on the schooling of all the children who couldn't go to school yet.

We will leave you some pictures in the "Photos & Videos" section about both activities, but we remind you that you can follow us on Twitter (@OCC_Project), Facebook (Open Cultural Center - OCC) and Instagram (@openculturalcenter)! Have a nice week everyone!!! ;)

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