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Touching encounters in Drop-Center, Moria

As a volunteer in Lesvos, you get to meet a lot of wonderful people who touch your heart and soul in a number of ways. Yesterday, we had two such encounters at our Drop Centre in Moria Village. First, as we prepared for our daily English class, a local, Greek, elderly woman stopped by our centre with some beautiful flowers. This was the second time this week that she stopped by to give us flowers. To us, these gifts symbolized our increasing acceptance in the village and the friendly relations we have cultivated with our local neighbours. This is so important, especially since many of the people in the village were initially sceptical to host foreign volunteers and a centre for refugees.

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Årets modigste kvinne 2018 – Trude Jacobsen

Jeg har ikke en gang forberedt en takketale, jeg trodde aldri det skulle bli meg. Jeg er kjempetakknemlig, men dette er ikke bare min fortjeneste, det er så mange som har sluppet alt de har i hendene og hjulpet til med å starte denne nye hjelpeorganisasjonen. Jeg håper også at prisen kan bidra til å rette fokus mot kvinner på flukt. Og så må jeg takke familien min, de har ikke bare hatt det lett. Jeg dro til Hellas i tre dager og kom hjem som et helt annet menneske. – Trude Jacobsen fra sin takketale til salen.

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International Day of the Girl

A popular holiday destination for many Europeans, the Greek island Lesvos is also the gateway to the European Union for many refugees and migrants. In 2015, during the height of the influx, several thousand people landed on the island’s beaches on a daily basis. However, back then, Lesvos was an island of transit from Turkey to the Greek mainland and other European countries. Today, following EU’s heavily-criticised deal with Turkey and policies of containment, more than 10 000 refugees, the majority from war-torn countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, are trapped in precarious conditions on the island, while waiting out their asylum claims. Crucially, what is happening on Lesvos is a not merely or primarily a result of the inefficiency and mismanagement of the Greek asylum system, but rather a direct result of European countries’ hardening stance toward people fleeing war, persecution and poverty.

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Seniorer kan gjøre leirlivet mer levelig

Er du nevenyttig? Liker du å reparere, skape nytt av gammelt, se konkrete resultater – selv om det verken kunstnerisk eller håndverksmessig holder mål med den profesjonelles blikk? Er du en trygg person, og er god på relasjonsbygging og har et velutviklet solidaritetsgen? Liker du å sy sammen et handlenett av malingslitte jeans? Eller finner roen ved å stable, sortere, rydde? Dine kvalifikasjoner er etterspurte.

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Upcoming online course for our new Volunteers through Pro-Bono project with Oslo Design Agency ‘Design Container’!

During one of the hot and beautiful summer days in Oslo this year, a Drop in the Ocean was approached by the Design Agency ‘Design Container’, offering to provide their services through a pro bono project developing a Program according to our organization’s needs. Needless to say, we were thrilled!

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