All posts by Marina Liakis

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.

February Volunteers

Our registry of volunteers for the month of February 2020.

January Volunteers

Our registry of volunteers for the month of January 2020.


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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Thank you One in an Army !

Thanks to all our funders for their support.

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.