Second update on Greece Solidarity Appeal and how donations were used

Posted On: 29 March 2017

On behalf of the Irish Refugee Council, I would like to warmly thank everyone who donated for their generosity and support. With your help we were able to support the following important initiatives on the ground in Greece.

~ Maria

Greek Forum of Refugees

“We want to warmly thank you for your donation, it enabled us to continue buying the materials needed for these workshops as well as buying the metro tickets for women to come to the office and some snacks and materials for children to play with while we work with their mothers.”

The donations received enabled the Greek Forum of Refugees to continue a project with refugee and migrant women that they started in September 2016. The project consists of a weekly workshop for newly arrived women in the offices of the Greek Forum of Refugees for women to have some creative time in a quiet environment away from their daily lives in refugee camps in Athens. The women make bracelets and key rings together which are sold locally with the profits going to directly to the women who created them.



We provided ARSIS with an office printer that will be used by the legal team and social service of the Youth Support Centre who work with vulnerable refugees and migrants. A printer is an essential item for the legal team and social service team as they often need to print and scan documents when assisting people.


Mosaik Support Centre


The Mosaik Support Center is run by Lesvos solidarity group of Pikpa Village which includes Efi Latsoudi who won the Nansen Refugee Award in 2016. It is a community space in the heart of Mytilene, the capital of the Greek island of Lesbos. It is focused on providing conditions for local integration of refugees living on Lesbos. The Mosaik Support Centre offers educational services, legal and social support, and creative and physical activities. Coursework includes Greek, English, Arabic, Farsi, and other language classes and  a Legal Service Centre.


The Melissa Network

“We would like to thank you very much for your support. Your gesture is greatly appreciated by all of us. We look forward to further cooperation in the future.”

Your generous donations contributed to the implementation of the Refugee Women Integration Programme and in particular for two activities. The Melissa Network serves home-made meals and snacks to over 120 women and children every day. Your donations contributed towards food expenses for meals for refugee women and children. Donations also covered the costs of art and craft material for the networks workshops and children’s activities.

The Irish Refugee Council continues to advocate for a more efficient and effective relocation procedure from Greece and Italy as part of Ireland’s overall response to the refugee crisis.

Please also let us know if you would like to join the Irish Refugee Council supporters emailing list to stay up-to-date on our work and wider developments. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me at 01 7645062.

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