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!