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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Some Seasoning for the Seasons

In this third year of the Orange House we have been extremely fortunate to partner with Humanity Now. Humanity Now is a direct Refugee Relief funding program that provides funds for sustainable projects benefiting refugees either emergently or with an eye on long term investment opportunities. Our partnership has resulted in a cooking class which meets six hours per week for eight weeks. The class has drawn diverse participation with men and women from all over the world (Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Cameroon just to name a few) learning Greek cooking. The goal is to make students proficient in Greek cooking so that they can enter the restaurant industry either here in Athens or sharing the magic of Greek cuisine around the world! We hope this will help students get jobs using the skills they learned here at the Orange House with the help of Humanity Now. Examples of dishes include Greek mezze, moussaka, dakos, tzatziki, keftedes  (a small selection of the wide range of Greek dishes being taught at this course). We are hopeful these skills translate into new jobs and are grateful for Humanity Now’s support (and for the delicious food made here at the Orange House every Saturday)!
Check out our Instagram for some tantalizing photos of the sumptuous dishes and visit Humanity Now’s website at


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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