The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for everyone. It has forced us to distance ourselves from others, yet has also brought people together in many inspiring and creative ways. This is what The Sunflower Project aims to do.
Children around the world have all faced the challenge of not being able to go to school, play with their friends or do the activities they used to do. It is no different for children living in refugee camps in Greece, who can no longer access school or the daily activities run by NGOs like ours.
Staying home can be ok, especially when you have a TV, a computer, your own bedroom and toys to play with. However, children living in refugee camps in Greece don’t have these things. Boredom is a huge challenge to residents of the camps, especially now stricter quarantine measures have been imposed on them.
We want to use the shared challenge of staying at home to bring together young people all over the world. We are all looking for ways of keeping busy and having fun at home: here is a chance for you to do that and make a difference. Have fun creating a sunflower – this could be a painting, a drawing, a collage, a teen challenge, or anything you can think of! – then write a message of hope to a child in Greece who is also experiencing the challenges of lockdown.
By donating to our fundraiser you will help us provide a child in a refugee camp with an indoor activity pack so that they too can continue to have something fun to do whilst staying safe inside.
We can’t wait to get back to work and resume our usual Kids Activities once this pandemic is over, but in the meantime, you can help us to continue to make a difference.
Buy an activity pack for children living in a refugee camp in Greece:
A Drop in the Ocean
A Drop in the Ocean provides support for people forced to flee, as well as spreading the word about the current situation for refugees and migrants. Where appropriate, our main focus is on helping children and their mothers. The organisation was founded in September 2015, and has since organised more than 6500 volunteers to Greece, where the need for help is high.
Right now, we have a small team in Greece, who are in close contact with camp management and the Greek authorities at our various locations, to find out what needs exist in the camps and what we can do to meet them. One of these are meaningful ways for kids and teenagers to spend their time.