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.

February Volunteers

Our registry of volunteers for the month of February 2020.

January Volunteers

Our registry of volunteers for the month of January 2020.

2020 Volunteers

A huge thank you to our volunteers January 2020-March 2020

  1. Layan CHOUFANI
  2. Ambre SOUBEYRAN
  3. Cristina ALONSO
  4. Maria NICOLAOVA
  5. Antonia VERINE
  6. Artemis ANASTASIOU
  7. Evdokia LABROPOULOU
  8. Marleno NIKA 
  9. Awena GUINER
  10. Grace LEWIS
  11. Armand  BOURDON
  12. Amer ZOHROB
  13. Aude SATHOUD
  14. Aselia ISMAILOVA

Za’atar Meets with World Bank

The World Bank’s mission especially in Greece is to create and invest in opportunities for employment for refugees. On February 10, our co-founder had the opportunity to meet with the World Bank representatives to talk about the process of opening a social enterprise in Greece! We discussed the social networks of refugees as well as what types of jobs were a good fit for new employees and had a shortage of employees. We are very excited to serve as the only social enterprise set up for refugees in Athens and excited to be recognized by the World Bank in this role!

Tastes of Damascus

Za’atar NGO is very proud to announce the launching of its new – and tasty project: Tastes of Damascus! 

An eco-friendly Restaurant-Café, employing refugees and migrants as is the case for every activity of the Layali Project non-profit social enterprise.  We will soon welcome you all at Fokionos Negri, Kipseli, to delight you with the best flavours of the Middle East. Stay tuned; the doors will be open in the weeks to come!

While discovering new tastes and flavours, be an actor of social integration as well! One of the objectives of the project is to promote self-reliance for refugees and migrants. Refugees who will be employed in the restaurant will have a fixed income, allowing them to rely on a safe, legal, and sustainable way to support themselves and their families. In addition to the Cooking Classes already offered at the Orange House, we are hoping to launch an apprenticeship program within the restaurant which will provide refugees and migrants with valuable entry-level experience. 

Since we believe intercultural exchange is precious for society, we aim at promoting it in our actions for a better mutual understanding. In addition to attending Greek language classes at the Orange House, refugees will be able to practice and improve their conversational skills on a day-to-day basis while dealing with customers. In return, they will have the opportunity to introduce a side of their own culture as well by sharing their traditional dishes with the community they live in.

In the long-term, we wish to organize cultural events such as live music or photography exhibitions that will introduce and display the rich culture of countries such as Syria and Iran to locals who are eager to learn more about refugees and their backgrounds. 

We hope to see you soon at Tastes of Damascus!

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Amazon Wishlist

We have a new Amazon wishlist to streamline donations! We understand many of you would like to know exactly where your donations are going or would prefer to donate items instead of money – so please use our wishlist to donate items that we absolutely need to keep the Orange House as well as our other projects running smoothly!

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