United with volunteers from around the world, Zaatar’s guiding purpose is to assist refugees who are searching for a safe haven – peace and respite from war.
We are an international and local team with various personal and professional backgrounds, speaking many languages and with a background in refugee-related work. Our co-founders are both Greek citizens.
With approximately twenty to thirty volunteers each week, contributing both remotely and on-the-ground, we work in conjunction with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), informal settlements, and an organisation operating a local warehouse of donated goods to deliver services in Athens and the Attica region.
Léa is from Paris, France. She studied HR and Communications in Paris and Montreal before dedicating herself to recruitment. She has more than 4 years of experience recruiting junior and senior positions across different industries on a global level. She has worked for top recruitment companies in Paris, London, and Barcelona. Léa now interviews volunteer candidates interested in contributing their time to Za’atar. She speaks French, Spanish, Italian and English.
Tommaso, was born in Milan, Italy, and grew up in Brussels, Belgium. After completing a Bachelor in International Studies in The Hague, Holland, in 2017, he volunteered for a local NGO in the distressing context of Calais, France, for four months. In February 2018, he joined Za’atar’s team in Athens as a volunteer. Currently, he helps the organization on a remote basis with volunteer recruitment and other projects. He is doing an online MA program in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the University of London whilst working as an intern at the UNHCR in Geneva, Switzerland. Tommaso speaks French, English, and Italian and is learning Arabic.
Rinki is from the United States and is currently medical school student. She studied biomedical engineering and emerging infectious disease prior to medicine. After volunteering at Za’atar’s Orange House, She continues to assist with managing the Orange House on a remote basis. Rinki helps to organize the volunteer recruitment process, respond to general inquiries, and assist with special projects. She speaks English and Bengali and is learning French.
Mathilde is a psychologist based in Paris, France. After studying at Institut Catholique de Paris, she decided to focus on psychology work in prisons. She has been involved in Za’atar NGO since its inception providing support with a variety of tasks. She advises the team on how to handle particularly vulnerable cases and now focuses on assisting with interviewing volunteer applicants. She speaks French, English, and Spanish.
Hermine is a CRM Manager based in Paris, France. After studying marketing management in Lille, she focused on client experience roles. She has been involved in Zaa’tar since 2017, providing support for translation, recruitment and variety of tasks. She speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian.
Between teachers, management assistance, and generalists, our team is run almost entirely by volunteers. At any given time, we are working with 25 – 50 volunteers.
We need your help.
Za’atar NGO is a registered non-profit under Greek law. In Greek, the organization is registered as “ΖΑΑΤΑΡ ΑΣΤΙΚΗ ΜΗ ΚΕΡΔΟΣΚΟΠΙΚΗ ΕΤΑΙΡΕΙΑ.” Registration Number: 140646901000.