All posts by Marina Liakis

October Volunteers.

Our registry of volunteers for the month of October 2020.

September Volunteers.

Our registry of volunteers for the month of September 2020.

August Volunteers

Our registry of volunteers for the month of August 2020.

July Volunteers

Our registry of volunteers for the month of July 2020.

June Volunteers.

Our registry of volunteers for the month of June 2020.

COVID-19 Update : Za’atar NGO remains mobilized

More than two months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and while restrictions are slowly being lifted up, Za’atar NGO and team remain mobilized to accompany, support and empower refugees and asylum seekers. Here is the last update on our activities.

The shelter has not closed its doors. Food distributions are regularly organized to support the residents who cannot go back to work yet. Za’atar team continues to reply and accompany refugees via Facebook and WhatsApp. For the last two months, we have been observing an increase in messages from beneficiaries. The lockdown measures have indeed made impossible for them to come to class, to the day-centre or to see their psychologist – a situation which has increased their isolation.

In those particular and challenging times, LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers are even more vulnerable. Locked in the camps, they have no more access to the dedicated “Safe spaces” where they used to spend a moment or the whole day to get some rest or relief. Some LGBTQ+ refugees from the camp of Samos notably reached out to ATLAS, the Aid To LGBTQ Asylum Seekers program on Facebook and WhatsApp, which remains active as well.

Greek and English classes are still offered online via Zoom, whose weekly schedule can be found on our Facebook page every Monday. They are to be continued until further notice and even after the reopening of classes for safety reasons.  

We are now hoping to reopen our legal and psychological support services as soon as possible.  

All throughout this period, you can still contact us through WhatsApp at the following number: +30 694 067 1666.

Stay home and take care.

The Za’atar NGO Team

COVID-19 Update at the Orange House

One month  after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Greece, here is a brief update on the situation for the Orange House residents and Za’atar NGO team.

Two people have been infected so far, one member of our team and one resident, who has fortunately recovered and come home healthy and grateful after two weeks spent at the hospital. 

We would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank our Greek doctors and nursing staff who have taken such great care of her with no discrimination, only kindness and empathy in spite of the fact she is not a Greek speaker. She is now resting at the Orange House. 

Cleaning products have been provided to the residents, with whom we make sure to daily recall the protective procedures and guidelines to apply; as well as exchange on their well-being and mental health. 

The municipal services intervened for free two days after being called to the Orange House to disinfect the whole space. We thank them very much for their sympathy and reactivity in these times of hardships and uncertainty. We are grateful for their dedication to protect all of their citizens. 

Due to the current regulations, the day centre is closed for now. However, we remain reachable through WhatsApp at the following number: +30 694 067 1666.

Stay home and take care.

The Orange House Team 

April Volunteers

Our registry of volunteers for the month of April 2020.

March Volunteers

Our registry of volunteers for the month of March 2020.