86,402 Seconds in Greece
Organized by: Ethan Zohn
You Did It & New Impact Video
October 20, 2016
July 16th was one of the happiest days of my life – my wedding. As my beautiful bride, Lisa, was walking down the aisle toward me...on the exact same day on the other side of the world, hundreds of families were walking toward a refugee camp. They were being evacuated, once again and shuffled around a country that is not their own.
For our honeymoon, we want to help.
With the CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project, we traveled to Vasilika Refugee Camp in Northern Greece. It's an old, abandoned warehouse converted into barracks with tents for 1200 refugees. There, we met two sisters, Helena and Elena, who opened our hearts to the reality of the crisis. These young girls had endured so much, fleeing Syria with their family, crossing by foot into Turkey, and then by boat into Greece. They've been trapped at borders, slept outside in the rain, spent their life savings, and still have no security for their future.
Next to Vasilika, a group of European volunteers heard the cry of Helena and Elena, and so many children like them. They created a safe haven called EKO Project which provides a school, communal kitchen, and welcoming place for children to play. This project is a place of hope to refugee children and their parents who are trying to rebuild their lives.
We want to give these families the necessities to thrive and give all these kids the freedom to play, learn, grow, and live a full life. Please join us.
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Kids come everyday to EKO Project to learn English, Spanish, and German so they can be fluent when they are (hopefully) relocated. We'll provide much needed school supplies.
Coats, boots, gloves, hats, and socks. Winters are cold in Greece, and snow is fast approaching. Families need warm clothes to endure the upcoming winter.
The most unifying sport on the planet. We'll provide soccer uniforms and balls, as well as send a team from EKO to play against a Greek soccer team!
EKO Kitchen serves breakfast to refugees every morning. The food inside the camp is minimal and packaged. This is their only access to fresh, healthy, and warm meals.
EKO is built by hand by volunteers from the UK and Spain. Wood, saws, ladders, drills, hammers, nails are needed to expand the space and insolate for winter.
Refugee children are so eager to study. The war in Syria started 6 years ago, so many have never attended school. They are desperate to learn to read and write. Books and quiet space allow them to study.
EKO helps facilitate family reunifications and legal paperwork. Volunteers also assist with administrative needs and create a plan for the future.
The most requested items in a refugee camp are cooking oil and chai tea. We will distribute these little gifts of hope from tent to tent.
$10,000 +Continued Support
Help EKO Project continue their efforts throughout the upcoming months and years. They will stay as long as the refugees are in Vasilika.