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From William Bendt, coordinator in Athens:

There are still somewhere roughly three thousand people staying in the port of Pireaus. Our Drop in the Ocean team here remains busy cooking food, maintaining the showers, distributing non-food items and tea as well as organising sports activities on a daily basis. We’re also glad to announce that as of yesterday we’ve set up a more welcoming space for our children’s activities. Every day we draw, skip ropes and play games with the little ones in the camp whom otherwise face long, hot days of boredom and naturally find it hard to contain their energy.

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Update from the refugee camp at Piraeus Port – Athens


Since the borders closed a couple of months ago the port of Pireaus has turned into an unofficial refugee camp. The port is now gradually being evacuated but it is a slow process. Buses take people to camps in the vicinity of Athens every week but there are still well over 3000 people living in tents and occupied passenger terminals along two of the gates. During the past two months our team has been distributing non-food items and tea as well as providing shelter and children’s activities to the communities stuck in limbo here.

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A Drop in the Ocean took part in MiGR2016 – 1st International Conference on Migration Management, Athens April 18-19, 2016

On April 18-19, the conference MiGR2016 – Migration flows in Greece: The way ahead took place at the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens, Greece.

A Drop in the Ocean was represented by 3 persons, and our Secretary general, Ms Trude Jacobsen was a guest speaker on the 2nd day of the conference.

The MiGR2016 Conference was organized by the European and Development Programs Division (EDPD).

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Can Social Media, creative minds and good cooperation networks save lives?

Adam Rosser, an American Lawyer who voluteerd with A Drop in the Ocean on the Greek island Lesvos last autumn, posted the following on his Facebook wall early this morning:

“I didn’t expect to play any role whatsoever in a rescue last night. But thanks to the incredible reach of social media, despite being more than 8,000 km away, I did.

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UNHCR Volunteer Award to A Drop in the Ocean, Chios

In conjunction with the International Volunteer Day, A drop in the ocean, Chios was today recognized with an award for their work with refugees who come to the island. It was the locals who had nominated us and the price was therefore extra special. I’ve said it before but I want to say it again: I am so proud to represent all the Drops that contribute to the work that is done!!

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