The background and initiative for establishing the sister organisation came after Laura Femia and Kim Proal were volunteers with A Drop in the Ocean. Laura volunteered on Chios the first time in 2017. Since then she has travelled to Greece several more times and worked as a volunteer at three of A Drop in the Ocean’s current location: Lesvos, Nea Kavala and Skaramangas.
”The main goal of the American sister organisation is to increase knowledge and awareness about the ongoing refugee crisis in Greece, and in doing so, recruit future volunteers and collect donations for people who have fled their countries.”Laura Femia, one of the founders of the American sister organisation “A Drop in the Ocean”
Femia and Proals experiences as volunteers for A Drop in the Ocean made them want to shine a light on the European refugee crisis in the US. From when the planning of the American organization started, it has been two years before it could launch. Read more about this on the sister organizations website. Trude Jacobsen, Secretary General of A Drop in the Ocean has consistently been in close contact with Laura and Kim during this developmental phase.
Trude Jacobsen, Secretary General of A Drop in the Ocean, says: “It is fascinating to see what a volunteer trip to a refugee camp can result in. We are consistently seeing volunteers go back home with a new meaning to their lives. To help others becomes even more important once you have seen the need with your very own eyes. Laura has put in a huge effort to get the American organization on its feet, and we look forward to new possibilities to convey the situation in Europe, also to the American continent.”
As of today, the board consists of four members, Kim Proal, Jordan Muse and Trude Jacobsen as well as Laura Femia, who is Chairman.