A Drop in the Ocean has been present in the Athens area since 2016, working in Skaramagas refugee camp – the largest camp on mainland Greece. After the closure of Skaramagas camp was announced in April 2021, we looked for other ways to continue to support displaced persons in the region. We found that the best alternative was to collaborate with the organisation Caritas and were soon able to offer our activities and classes to beneficiaries of Caritas’ Integration and Accommodation programme, Hestia.
Who lives in Athens?
Many of the displaced persons in Athens stayed in refugee camps on the islands before moving to the Greek capital after receiving refugee status. Caritas assists a total of 785 persons in Athens, including 322 adults and 463 children, through their Hestia Integration and Accommodation programme. The beneficiaries live in the Victoria and Omonia neighbourhoods.
What does A Drop in the Ocean do in Athens?
A Drop in the Ocean organise activities focusing on our programme areas Community Empowerment Mobilisation (CEM), Integration Support, and Non-Formal Education. The activities are run in Caritas Athens’ common areas for beneficiaries of the Hestia Integration and Accommodation programme.
We offer activities such as tailoring and jewellery, English and Computer classes, as well as interview and preparation and employability support.
A Drop in the Ocean has a team on the ground consisting of experienced coordinators, and international, local and community volunteer field workers. We have been working with Caritas in Athens since 2021.
Our programme activities:
1. Community Empowerment Mobilisation
- Sex education
We offer sex education lessons in collaboration with the Amurtel-Mambrella Midwives.
- Emotional management trainings
Trainings cover topics such as how to manage stress, anger, and anxiety. The trainings are run in collaboration with organisations active in Athens: RefugeEd and CHEERing.
- Child Friendly Space
- Youth Space
- Female Friendly Space
- Men Friendly Space
In our Child, Youth, Female and Men Spaces we run art activities, tailoring, jewellery making, self-care and empowerment trainings.
2. Non-Formal Education
A Drop in the Ocean offers non-formal education in English and IT. Our English lessons are open for adults, on a beginner level and up to more complex grammar and conversation levels. Our IT course is a basic level class. We design our programmes to be accommodating and flexible as not to exclude people unable to commit to formal education.
3. Integration Support
- Interview preparation
- Employability support
A Drop in the Ocean offers activities for adults in cooperation with the Caritas Livelihood team. Activities include seminars and workshops on employability and professional development, training for translators and interpreters in collaboration with the organisation RefugeEd, CV and cover letter sessions, interview preparations, and administrative support.
Due to the situation of Covid-19, changes to the activities might occur. We always ensure infection prevention by following various infection control measures, in accordance with the guidelines of the Greek authorities.