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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 Kipseli, Athens.

The Orange House by The Numbers:

14 classes per day in 2 different classrooms

150 hot lunches served every week

1.500 class attendees every month

Community Center

Women’s Shelter

LGBTQ Hot Lines

Daily Hot Meals

Language Classes

Music Classes

Laptop Rentals

“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.

Get Involved:

Join Us

We are always looking for additional members to add to our team. Learn more about the volunteer requirements.

Learn More

Our Mission, our name, and our story. Take a look at how Za’atar and The Orange House became what they are today.

Contact Us

General inquiries? Just want to say hello? Coordinate a donation of supplies? Please head to our contact page to reach us.

Za’atar relies on financial support from private donors.

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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.

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