Hundreds of thousands of people fled on foot from Greece to other European countries in 2015. Now, 4 years later, Arne Martin Thingnes are going to use the beginning of his retirement to shed light on the entrenched situation for refugees.
On the 13th of November A Drop in the Ocean’s sister organization was launched in the US. Two previous volunteers, Laura Femia and Kim Proal along with A Drop in the Ocean’s Secretary General are the founders of the sister organization. After working in the middle of the ongoing refugee crisis in Greece both the American women strongly wished to shine a light and increase awareness of the conditions for refugees on the American continent.
I have not even prepared a thank you speech, I never thought it would be me. I’m very happy, but this is not just my award, there are so many who have dropped everything they had in their hands and helped establish this new Norwegian NGO. I also hope that the price can help to focus on women on the run. And then I have to thank my family – I went to Greece for three days and came home as a completely different person. – Trude Jacobsen after receiving the prize 13. October 2018
“We have already achieved a lot and been an important actor for people fleeing their homes. Nevertheless, the future is ahead of us, and new, strategic and important choices needs to be dealt with. It is exciting to get the possibility to work with creative, ideological people who both can and wants to make a difference” – Turid Lilleheie, newly elected Chairperson
A Drop in the Ocean has since 2015 contributed with humanitarian assistance among refugees in Greece. The organisation will now open a Drop-in Centre with pre-integration activities for asylum seekers who have been given relocation to Norway. At the Centre, the asylum seekers will get an opportunity to learn their first words in Norwegian and get a taste of Norwegian culture.