Athens

A Drop in the Ocean has opened a Community Centre in collaboration with One Happy Family. The center offers a safe space in Victoria’s neighborhood, a focal point for the community and the population that wishes to integrate in the Greek society and find various kinds of assistance. Our team is in charge of the Non Formal Education and Employability support in the center.

Foto: Romain Kosellek

Athens

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’ve looked for other ways to continue to support displaced persons in the region and, after a context analysis, we’ve assessed the need of opening a place where the community could gather and meet and find support, in Victoria, Athens city centre.

We take care of the Non Formal Education floor, and many other organizations and services run their activities and services in the same building. 

Who lives in Athens?

Many of the displaced persons in Athens stayed in refugee camps on the islands and provincial areas, and then moved to the Greek capital after receiving refugee status. The participants to our activities are now a majority component of the African and Afghani community in Athens, with different legal status and personal situation. 

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. 

We offer activities such as Greek, English and Computer classes, as well as interview preparation, CV writing 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. 

Our programme activities: 

1. Community Empowerment Mobilisation 

  • Reproduction/sexual health education

We offer health lessons in collaboration with the Amurtel-Mambrella Midwives.

  • Emotional management trainings

Trainings cover topics such as how to manage stress, anger, and anxiety.

2. Non-Formal Education 

A Drop in the Ocean offers Non-Formal Education in Greek, English and computer skills. Our English and Greek lessons are open to adults, on a beginner level and up to more complex grammar and conversation levels. 

Our computer course is a basic level class. We design our programs to be accommodating and flexible as not to exclude people unable to commit to formal education.

In order to prepare the students to participate in vocational trainings and actively look for a job, we developed a Business English and Business Greek curriculum, that gives the language base to master a specific job.

3. Integration Support 

  • InfoHub 
  • Interview preparation
  • Employability support

A Drop in the Ocean offers activities for adults that include seminars and workshops on employability and professional development, CV and cover letter writing 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.