All posts by Marina Liakis


Za’atar NGO is grateful to the One in an Army initiative for their support. Learn more about their project and campaigns here.

“Welcome to #HomeWithJimin, ARMY! As you voted to give love to a shelter for our sweet Jiminie’s birthday, we are proud to support Za’atar NGO, an organization that operates the Orange House, a shelter for refugees located in Athens, Greece.

Refugees are people who have had to flee their countries due to war or great personal danger due to social or political injustice. The Orange House provides a place of shelter, with a particular focus on refugees who are women and children, as well as unaccompanied minors, people who identify as LGBT, and those who have been imprisoned.

Our Jimin’s gentle heart, giving nature, and beautiful voice can make any place a home for us, and we are proud to pay forward to others what he gives freely by helping them find a safe place to regain health, get training, and feel welcome while they start to make their home in a new land. Please support Za’atar NGO in honor of our Home, Jimin!”

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Chamber of Beautiful Business, Athens

Last weekend our director, Marina Liakis, was invited to speak at the Chamber of Beautiful Business, Athens. “Designed to resemble a modern salon litteraire, the Chamber of Beautiful Business, Athens is a place for people with business brains and artistic hearts to share our ideas and exchange our experiences around integration.” Marina gave a moving speech about the importance of purposeful integration of refugee populations into the European communities.  Using Project Layali and the Orange House as examples of how programs that reinforce hard work, dedication, and flexibility will in turn teach our beneficiaries to be self sufficient in their everyday lives. Za’atar is able to showcase how when refugees are given the tools and skills to be independent and successful,  even individuals coming to Europe with nothing can learn to thrive in Athens.  At Za’atar we believe that ingeration must always go both ways, and as Athens continues to change and welcome refugee populations from Africa and the Middle East, Greeks too must learn to incorporate the traditions and cultures of their new found neighbors into their own.

Layali Shop

Layali Shop is located at Voulis 8, just two blocks away from Syntagma Square, the busiest modern city center of Athens. 

Layali Shop offers unique handmade goods, such as:

  • Necklaces
  • Earrings
  • Purses
  • And much more

All of the makers whose products are sold at Layali Shop were hand selected to produce high quality and environmentally sustainable goods.  Each of our makers are refugees from various countries throughout the Middle East and Africa.  All profits from sales go directly back to these makers; in this we are providing training and jobs where individuals can to learn to use their talents and thrive with independence. 

Stop by Layali Shop to get unique handmade goods and gifts, and support Project Layali: a social enterprise working to create a sustainable future for the refugee population in Athens.

Now you can also discrover all the products on our new eshop!

Layali Salon: Our Eco-Friendly Initiative

Layali Salon is the first salon in Athens that was built on the principles of using all natural, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free products.  It is has always been important to us that our products and services have a small footprint on the environment.

Layali Salon

We feature all-natural Greek skincare and beauty brands; whenever possible we try to incorporate local and hand selected products.

Take a look at some of the great natural ingredients used for our in house hand mixed masks, scrubs, and conditioners :

  • Avocado Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Greek Olive Oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Camomille
  • Henna
  • White Clay
  • And More

Not only does Layali Salon solely focus on training and employing the struggling refugee population, but we strive to make all services through Project Layali and Za’atar NGO as eco-friendly as possible. From our use of upcycled furniture, classes and activities to teach our beneficiaries about living sustainably, and the daily free vegan lunch, to the hair and skin products we feature; Project Layali and Za’atar NGO are committed to an all-around environmentally friendly approach to helping solve the refugee crisis in Athens.