Our main work tasks are to distribute food, clothes and non-food items. We are also involved in planning and organizing different activities for children and adults in the camps. Furthermore, we assist in teaching English as well as provide material and logistics for bilingual education. We are cooperating with different organizations in all camps, such as UNHCR, Help Refugees, Save the Children, the international Red Cross and other partners.
At Chios we are operating in the refugee camp Souda, which is situated with a ten-minute walk from the centre of Chios town.
We are here responsible for the distribution of breakfast, lunch and dinner to around 800 people on a daily basis. We do also participate in the preparations of the food. In addition to this, we organize activities for kids, such as reading, drawing and dancing.
At Chios we have our own warehouse where we can sort and pack clothes that are distributed to the refugees who live outside the organized camps.
In Athens we are present in the official camp Skaramagas, a 40-minute drive from the city centre. There are around 2500 people living in the Skaramagas camp and A Drop in the Ocean is here in charge of several activities from Mondays to Saturdays. Furthermore, we run the Drop-in Centre in the centre of Athens.
The Drop-in Centre is available for asylum seekers who have been given relocation to Norway, and that are interested in getting a taste of the Norwegian language and culture. The Government has agreed to welcome around 750 asylum seekers that will have their asylum applications processed in Norway and are currently located in Greece and Italy.
After the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration has selected who is eligible for relocation, the asylum seekers will have to wait in Athens for a few months before they can travel to Norway. During this period, the Drop-in Centre offers pre-integration activities. The Centre is organised like a language café, where Norwegian volunteers from A Drop in the Ocean can give the asylum seekers a preview of what they can expect in Norway.
Read more about the Drop-in Centre here
Mother and Baby Space
This place is established to give mothers a private and intimate time with their babies. Here, they can take care of their children, change clothes, get support and interact with other mothers. No men are allowed inside.
Teenage and Woman’s Space
This place is created to organise different activities for young girls and teenagers, such as make up lessons, art and craft hobbies and theme nights. No men are allowed inside.
The warehouse is based at Egaleo (20 min from Skaramangas Camp) and is where we receive the donations. Here they are organised and categorised before the further distribution at the camp. In addition, the warehouse is also used to construct different materials and objects needed in the camp, like for example shelves and tables.
This newly built community centre is designed to benefit the resident community and is used for different activities according to their own wishes.
The community centre has 3 rooms with different purposes, including activities such as sewing (sewing machines are provided), English lessons for adults, yoga lessons and dancing lessons for young girls. We also provide educational games for young adults and kids, which is called Play for Peace. More activities to be announced soon!
Skaramangas camp has a football and basketball court which enables us to perform several sports activities with the kids.
Clothes Exchange (Mondays)
We want the activities that A Drop in the Ocean performs to be sustainable for a long period of time. This is why we created a clothing exchange system instead of just handing out the clothes. By this, we created a space were residents can bring 10 items of clothes that they may exchange for 10 new items. All the clothes we receive are being washed and put back into the exchange system. It is particularly important to change summer clothes for winter clothes and viceversa.
In northern Greece we are based in the official refugee camp Nea Kavala. This camp has in excess of 500 residents and is located about one hour drive from the city of Thessaloniki.
Here, A Drop in the Ocean has the responsibility of the distribution of food, clothes and other essential goods.
On Wednesdays and Sundays, volunteers from A Drop in the Ocean travel to Thessaloniki to pick up vegetables, which later are sorted and distributed to the residents of Nea Kavala. This gives the residents the opportunity to cook their own food to their families.
A Drop in the Ocean has built a marked where we sell clothes and other necessary non-food items to the residents of the camp. In the market we created a drop currency, which enables the refugees to shop for clothes and other essential products just like in a normal store. Read more about the drop currency and the Drop App here.
In the warehouse, the donations and other items received are being sorted, organised and made ready for further distribution in Nea Kavala by volunteers from A Drop in the Ocean.
To keep track of the logistics in the warehouse, we use a revolutionary new QR-system that was developed by two of our volunteers. Read more about the QR-system and the Drop App here.