Za’atar’s mission is to empower refugees and migrants to build self-sufficient lifestyles by providing constructive spaces for education, employment training, and cultural integration.
Our primary space for offering these services is The Orange House, located in Exarcheia, Athens.
14 classes per day in 3 different classrooms
150 hot lunches served every week
900 showers provided every month
1.500 class attendees every month
Daily Hot Meals
LGBTQ Hot Lines
"Za’atar" is a mix of herbs used daily in Middle Eastern cuisine. Just as the herbs combined together enhance the food they are cooked with, we believe that people with various backgrounds, skills and interests enrich each other too. When peoples from around the world interact in one room, the result is greater than the sum of its parts.
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. Over half of our volunteers are themselves refugees.
With approximately fifteen volunteers each week, we work in conjunction with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), informal settlements, and local Greek government organizations to deliver a variety of services.
We are always looking for additional members to add to our team. Learn more about the volunteer requirements.
Our Mission, our name, and our story. Take a look at how Za'atar and The Orange House became what they are today.
General inquiries? Just want to say hello? Coordinate a donation of supplies? Please head to our contact page to reach us.