Lauren Griffiths

Choose Earth: Will you support Brazil’s indigenous leaders in their fight to protect the planet?

Today on Earth Day we’ve joined with Earthrise to launch a new campaign: Choose Earth and we’d love for you to be part of it.

Indigenous communities across Brazil are under grave threat as they work tirelessly to protect their homes, cultures and the ecosystems on which we all depend.

Choose Earth is supporting a network of frontline defenders – the real experts on environmental conservation – who are putting their lives at risk to protect the future of the planet.

If you can, please donate to support indigenous leaders fighting for the survival of our planet.

Your donations will strengthen indigenous activism, build community, protect unique cultures and help restore ecosystems.

Alongside donating to Choose Earth, you can:

  • Get an upcycled Choose Earth tee: we’re collaborating with Reluv, who collect excess t-shirts that charity shops struggle to sell. They clean and screenprint the tees, giving them a new lease of life. You can also get new, limited edition organic cotton tees. 100% of profits go to support indigenous leaders. Buy tees.
  • Get beautiful, limited edition prints: we’ve collaborated with a selection of indigenous artists to create a stunning range of prints. Half of profits go to the artist, the other half to indigenous leaders. Buy prints.
  • Get Creative: download Choose Earth stencils or get a Choose Earth cross stitch pattern by making a donation on the shop, and share your creations with our community using the #ChooseEarth hashtag.
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The End of A Dream: Tribute to Mohamed Khamisse Zakaria

Mohamed Khamisse Zakaria, a twenty-year-old Sudanese man, was hit by a car and killed last week in northern France as he tried to escape police tear gas.

 

Yesterday his friends held a funeral. Today they released a tribute to, “our compatriot, our brother, our friend.”

 

This is their heart-breaking memorial.

 


 

On the 19th of November 2020, on the A16 road, a young 20-year-old Sudanese man lost his life and his dreams. He was our compatriot, our brother, our friend.

 

Mohamed died after being hit by a car, as he tried to escape police teargas aimed at him from the back of a lorry, the vehicle of his choice in order to reach England as quickly as possible. Like his friends back home, Mohamed left his family who remain trapped in a refugee camp in Darfur, Sudan and courageously tried his luck in Europe. All his compatriots felt rejected in France, so for Mohamed, this country was not an option for claiming asylum. He was racing towards another destination, which ultimately became a sad and grim fate.

 

Mohamed Khamisse Zakaria is mourned by his parents in Sudan and by us, his friends, here on the border with the United Kingdom. We called his parents to tell him of his death. We heard the desperation of a mother. The associations and organisations were at our side. Mohamed brings us all together. We all harbour within us the same desire to live that he had.

 

Our hearts, our consciences and the conscience of humanity cry out as we think of his 20 years of life. Here is an echo of our cry, that of the displaced people of Calais: “We do not know what to do, we would like to the enter the UK legally, we dream of a life of dignity, of a human life. The circumstances weaken us, but our hearts are strong, and hope pushes up to cross borders. As you know, our country is experiencing war and injustice at the hands of governments. As you know, we are here out of necessity, after having gone through many sufferings on the road. The police and governments must understand this. Why chase us down the motorway when detectors and security personnel are already sifting through every truck entering England?”

 

O absent yet so present,

By means of your voice, the greatness of your soul,

The breath of your lips comes to us,

From our hands are born lines,

Filled with the colors of freedom, peace and justice

Mohamed’s traveling companions

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We’re hiring! Apply to join us as Head of Digital Fundraising and Campaigns

HEAD OF DIGITAL FUNDRAISING AND CAMPAIGNS

 

Application deadline: 9am, 9th December.

 

About Choose Love

Our Vision: a world that chooses love and justice every day for everyone.
Our Mission: we do whatever it takes to identify, close and prevent gaps in services and protections for refugees and displaced people globally.

 

  • Do work that inspires. Every day at Choose Love is an opportunity to make a real, tangible
    difference to the lives of refugees and displaced people.
  • Collaborate with creative, exciting people that really care. Work with friendly, smart, dedicated
    people for whom this is more than a job – it’s a passion.
  • Be part of a brave, innovative start-up spirit. We’re a young organisation with big ambition.
    We’re fast, flexible and creative, always learning and not afraid to take risks.

 

About the Job

Choose Love seeks a Head of Digital Fundraising and Campaigns to lead the strategy and execution of the organization’s digital communications. Working closely with the Creative Director of Brand Communications and Campaigns and the Digital Fundraising and Campaigns Manager, this role is responsible for leading the strategy and overseeing the day to day management of Choose Love’s digital presence, with a particular focus on innovative and effective digital fundraising and advocacy campaigns, email marketing and digital advertising and acquisition.

Fundraising and Advocacy Campaigns 

  • Develop and execute innovative and effective digital fundraising strategy and campaigns – inclusive of digital/social advertising, supporter acquisition and email marketing – across Choose Love’s various channels to engage different audiences, moving individuals from awareness to action. 
  • Oversee the Digital Officer’s day to day management of all donation and advocacy platforms, including payment gateways, merchandise, text-to-donate platforms and third-party content-management systems.  
  • Keep abreast of data security legislation, payment/fraud legislation and cyber security to ensure compliance across the UK (with Prism support) and US.

Digital Marketing / Advertising 

  • Develop and execute digital advertising strategy across all platforms – website, email Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. to achieve the core goals of any individual campaign (e.g. supporter acquisition, fundraising, etc.).  
  • Craft compelling content for digital ads and campaigns, as well as aspects of social media, emails, and other creative materials. 

Digital Presence   

  • Develop strategy for Choose Love website and related web Properties (e.g. Choose Love store)  – including a content plan, target metrics and SEO and advertising.
  • Oversee all website updates/refreshes in collaboration with the Digital Officer and external consultants
  • Oversee the Digital Officer’s day-to-day updates to the website, including direct content updates via WordPress and Shopify.
  • Responsible for managing website hosting, domain names, and security.

Supporter Data Management and Analysis 

  • Support the Digital Officer in the oversight and management of Choose Love’s CRM and integration with other tools, including email marketing, fundraising and advocacy platforms.
  • Support the Digital Officer in their analysis of Choose Love’s digital data, including: website analytics, social media, supporter actions, donations, and emails. Leverage this analysis to inform future communications and fundraising efforts. 
  • Work closely with the Digital Officer to develop and execute a strategy for audience segmentation and user journeys to move individuals from general supporters to donors and advocates to champions. 

 

About you

  • Have minimum 5-7 years of digital communications experience working for a nonprofit, media outlet, brand, political campaign or ad agency. 
  • Are an innovative, creative thinker, leader and do-er who is equally comfortable building a strategy, directing staff and rolling up your sleeves to get the work done on Day 1.
  • Have proven track record of running effective digital fundraising and advocacy campaigns.
  • Have your finger on the pulse of cutting edge digital tools and strategies 
  • Not only have experience but enjoy managing a team, providing both leadership and coaching to help your colleagues grow and reach their full potential. Management style includes care and compassion.
  • Experience with US and UK digital communication and marketing preferred.
  • Experienced with the following tools and comfortable being in charge of day-to-day management of platforms: WordPress, Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Facebook Business Manager, Instagram and Twitter. 
  • Experience with the following tools and platforms a plus: Engaging Networks, Shopify, Blackbaud CRM, donation platforms, social media analytics tools. Knowledge of HTML/CSS also a plus. 
  • Acute attention to detail and able to juggle multiple projects. 
  • Possess authentic passion for Choose Love’s mission and work. Lived experience of any kind is a plus. 
  • Are willing to listen and learn, making space for ideas and approaches that are different than your own.
  • Proven ability to oversee a wide portfolio of projects and to manage multiple competing deadlines.
  • Take ownership of and initiative in everything you do, while understanding how to work across teams. 

 

How to apply

Choose Love wishes to encourage applications from a wide variety of backgrounds who can drive and inspire change for refugees and displaced people. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic candidates, and candidates with disabilities.

Choose Love promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We make employment decisions by matching business needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We are happy to talk about flexible working and we promote a workplace where you can be your authentic self and achieve success based only on your merit.


Salary: £40k – 50k depending on experience

Please apply with a cover letter (of no more than two pages) outlining your suitability for the role and a copy of your CV to digitaljobs@choose.love 

Application deadline: 9am, 9th December 2020

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We’re hiring! Apply to join us as Impact and Research Manager

IMPACT AND RESEARCH MANAGER

 

Application deadline: 9am, 23rd November.

 

About Choose Love

Our Vision: a world that chooses love and justice every day for everyone.
Our Mission: we do whatever it takes to identify, close and prevent gaps in services and protections for refugees and displaced people globally.

 

  • Do work that inspires. Every day at Choose Love is an opportunity to make a real, tangible
    difference to the lives of refugees and displaced people.
  • Collaborate with creative, exciting people that really care. Work with friendly, smart, dedicated
    people for whom this is more than a job – it’s a passion.
  • Be part of a brave, innovative start-up spirit. We’re a young organisation with big ambition.
    We’re fast, flexible and creative, always learning and not afraid to take risks.

 

About the Job

Choose Love seeks an Impact and Research Manager to create, implement and run a unique. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning system (MEL) for our work. This person will lead on the strategy and execution of data collection and analysis across the organisation.

We are looking for an innovator who thrives on developing structures from scratch, especially in contexts where data can be hard to collect. We are seeking someone who can spot opportunities to collect and analyse data, in order to better understand our impact and to inform our advocacy work and strategic direction. This role will lead on research to contribute to the efforts of the Advocacy and Communications teams. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative team-player with an interest in strategy and systems change.

Purpose of role:

  • To design and manage MEL activities related to our grants
  • To collate and best utilise information and data from partners along the migration route in order to show the impact of our work, contribute to our evidence-based advocacy efforts, communications and strategic funding decisions

Activities

    • To audit Choose Love’s current processes for MEL across the organisation
      Define what information is needed from our partners and devise methodologies and systems to extract data
    • Contribute to the strengthening our fast and flexible grant-making, grant management and reporting processes
    • Regularly collect and analyse data and information from the ground, disseminate findings internally and externally
    • Identify themes within Choose Love’s data, which will feed into programme design and strategic direction for the organisation
    • Develop system to chart the advocacy efforts of our partners
    • Occasionally support partner organisations to strengthen the capacity of their MEL activities
    • Develop creative ways of presenting data, accessible in different formats for fundraising, advocacy and communications
    • Respond to internal requests for data analysis and reporting
    • Liaise with partners to gather enhanced data and information on specific topics
    • Monitor and compile regular updates from the field, including developing a system for generating breaking news
    • Identify and collate trends (eg, breaches of rights) through monitoring and documentation, working closely with Programmes, Advocacy and Communications teams Gather evidence from the public domain, including making FOIs
    • Perform targeted research to produce information for donor reports, research reports, briefings etc
    • Work across teams to ensure all employees are data literate and are able to interpret Help Refugees data to the benefit of their area of work

 

About you

Essential:
● Experience working with data and leading MEL in the charity sector
● Experience devising methodologies for data collection and analysis
● Experience working with civil society and grassroots groups
● Experience using data for research and advocacy purposes
● Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills
● Experience conducting evaluations, report writing and presenting findings in engaging ways
● Knowledge of specific issues relating to forced displacement, such as unaccompanied children
● Strong planner with excellent time-management, organisational and prioritisation skills
● Acute attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple projects
● Willing to listen and learn, making space for ideas and approaches that are different than your own
● Ability to work independently and proactively
Desirable:
● Experience using data for research and advocacy purposes

 

How to apply

Choose Love wishes to encourage applications from a wide variety of backgrounds who can drive and inspire change for refugees and displaced people. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic candidates, and candidates with disabilities.

Choose Love promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We make employment decisions by matching business needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We are happy to talk about flexible working and we promote a workplace where you can be your authentic self and achieve success based only on your merit.

The role will be managed by the Head of Programmes.
In non-COVID times the role is based out of the Help Refugees office in Somerset House, London.
The role may involve some travel, when lockdown restrictions ease.
The role will be offered as permanent role with a six-month probation period.
Salary: £38k – 40k depending on experience

Please apply with a cover letter (of no more than two pages) outlining your suitability for the role and a copy of your CV to impact@choose.love 

Application deadline: 9am, 23rd November 2020

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Moria camp fire: Now is the time for action.

Today we have come together with over 200 other organisations to launch a petition calling on European leaders to act now.

The European migration policies that trap people in inhumane conditions across the Greek islands must end. Moria was more than an overcrowded and unsafe camp – it was a symbol of how Europe treats people on the move. This approach has clearly failed. ⁣

European leaders and the European Commission must realise that enough is enough. They have a historic responsibility. Now we must all come together to show that all eyes are on them.

The need for action has never before been more urgent.
Click here to sign the petition now!

 


Moria camp was more than an overcrowded and unsafe camp. It had become a symbol of how Europe treats people on the move. For years, we have witnessed the harmful impact of European policies on people’s lives: appalling conditions in camps on the islands, numerous deaths at sea, violence and pushbacks at the borders of Europe.

 

The European Union is at a critical turning point, soon presenting a ‘fresh start’ on migration (in the form of a new Migration and Asylum Pact). The whole world witnessed the fire at Moria: European leaders and the European Commission must realise that enough is enough. Those who have the power to make decisions in the next days, weeks and months have a historic responsibility.

 

Join us in calling on European leaders and the European Commission to:

  • Immediately evacuate all people who had to flee Moria camp. Basic human rights to shelter, food, sanitation facilities and healthcare cannot be upheld on Lesvos or the other Greek islands. Urgently decongest the islands and focus on relocation across Europe.
  • Abandon any future approach to migration that would again trap people in inhumane conditions in camps on islands (or facilities at borders), awaiting a decision on their asylum claim. The policy of restricting asylum seekers’ movement from the islands to mainland Greece has to end.
  • Implement migration policies that ensure protection, as opposed to exclusion. This requires increased solidarity and responsibility sharing between European countries, and an end to systematic human rights abuses at the borders.

The need for action has never before been more urgent.
Click here to sign the petition now!

 


Co-signed by 425 organisations, movements, parliamentarians, Members of the European Parliament and politicians:

Alberto Jarabo, Politician (Spain)
Alexandra Geese, Member of the European Parliament (Germany)
Alice KUHNKE, Member of the European Parliament (Sweden)
Alviina Alametsä, Member of the European Parliament (Finland)
Angela Schirò, Member National Parliament (Italy)
Anne-Sophie Pelletier, Member of the European Parliament (France)
Anton Gomez-Reino Varela, Member National Parliament (Spain)
Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament (The Netherlands)
Brando Benifei, Member of the European Parliament (Italy)
Carla Gener Marqués, Politician (Spain)
Clare Daly, Member of the European Parliament
Cornelia Ernst, Member of the European Parliament (Germany)
Damian Boeselager, Member of the European Parliament (Germany)
Damien Carême, Member of the European Parliament (France)
Dietmar Koester, Member of the European Parliament (Germany)
Isabel Santos, Member of the European Parliament (Portugal)
Jakop DALUNDE, Member of the European Parliament (Sweden)
Jan-Christoph OETJEN, Member of the European Parliament (Germany)
Jesús J. Jurado Seguí, Politician (Spain)
Katina Schubert, Member of the Berlin Parliament (Germany)
Lucía Muñoz Dalda, Member National Parliament (Spain)
Malin Björk, Member of the European Parliament (Sweden)
Manon Aubry, Member of the European Parliament (France)
Manuel Tuzi, Member National Parliament (Italy)
Margrete Auken, Member of the European Parliament (Copenhagen)
Miguel Piñol, Politician (Spain)
Miguel Urban Crespo, Member of the European Parliament (Spain)
Özlem Demirel, Member of the European Parliament (Germany)
Pär HOLMGREN, Member of the European Parliament
Pernando Barrena Arza, Member of the European Parliament (Basque Country)
Pietro Bartolo, Member of the European Parliament (Brussels)
Rosa D’Amato, Member of the European Parliament (Italy)
Sara Conti, Member National Parliament (San Marino)
Saskia Bricmont, Member of the European Parliament (Belgium)
Schirdewan Martin, Member of the European Parliament (Germany)
Tineke Strik, Member of the European Parliament (The Netherlands)

A Buon Diritto Onlus (Italy)
A SAN MAURO RESTANDO UMANI (Italy)
Aachener Netzwerk für humanitäre Hilfe und interkulturelle Friedensarbeit e.V. (Germany)
Action for Education (Greece)
Action for Women (Greece, Switzerland)
ActionAid International (South Africa)
Aegean Solidarity Network (ASN) Team UK (UK)
AERéP28 collectif pour l’accueil des exilé.e.s et la régularisation des sans papiers d’Eure-et-Loir (France)
AFFENoR (Spain)
Agir pour la paix (Belgium)
AlarmPhone (France)
Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LADDH) (Algeria)
Ali Aperte (Italy)
Alianza por la Solidaridad/ActionAid Spain (Spain)
Alliance des Avocats pour les Droits de l’Homme (France)
Amref Health Africa (Italy)
AMURTEL Greece (Greece)
Andalucía Acoge (Spain)
ANTIGONE – Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence (Greece)
Åpne øyan! (Norway)
Arab Renaissance for Democracy & Development (Jordan)
Are You Syrious (Croatia)
ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth (Greece)
Asamblea de Apoyo a Personas Migrantes de Salamanca (Spain)
ASGI (Italy)
Asociación Libre de Abogadas y Abogados (ALA) (Spain)
Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA) (Spain)
Asociación SINGA España (Spain)
Associació d mediadors interculturals Vine amb mi (Spain)
Association européenne de défense des droits de l’Homme (AEDH)s de l’homme (Belgium)
AsyLex (Switzerland)
Attika Human Support (Greece)
Avocat.e.s Européen.nes Démocrates / European Democratic Lawyers (AED/EDL) (France)
Avocats sans Frontières France (Greece)
Balkanbrücke (Germany)
Balloona Matata (Spain)
Baobab Experience (Italy)
Baobab Experience (Spain)
Basta Violenza alle Frontiere (Italy)
Be a Robin (Switzerland)
Becky’s Bathhouse (Greece)
Better Days (Greece)
Bikes for Refugees (Scotland)
Boat Refugee Foundation (Stichting Bootvluchteling) (Netherlands)
Borderline Lesvos (Germany)
borderline-europe e.V. – Menschenrechte ohne Grenzen (Germany, Italy, Greece)
Bras Not Bombs (UK)
Bridge2 (UK)
Bxl Refugees – Plateforme Citoyenne De Soutien Aux Réfugiés (Belgium)
Ca-minando Fronteras (Spain)
CAAT Projects (The Netherlands)
Cabinet Avocat Ghymers (Belgium)
Cabinet d’avocats KOMPASO (Belgium)
Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) (Tunisia, Switzerland, Belgium)
Calais Food Collective (France)
Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group (CamCRAG) (UK)
Campagna Lesvoscalling (Italy)
Caravana Abriendo Fronteras (Spain)
CARE International (Switzerland)
Caritas Europa (Brussels)
Caritas Sweden (Sweden)
Casetta Rossa spazio pubblico per l’autogoverno (Italy)
Catch a Smile (Luxembourg)
CEDSALA (Centro de Documentación y Solidaridad con América Latina y África) (Spain)
Centar za mirovne studije – Centre for Peace Studies
Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
Center for the Cultivation of Technology
Centre Avec (Belgium)
Centre for Research on Women’s Issues (CRWI) “Diotima” (Greece)
CENTRO PASTORAL SAN CARLOS BORROMEO (Spain)
CGT FERC (Fédération Education Recherche et Culture) (France)
Child Circle (Belgium)
Choosehumanity (Switzerland)
City of Sanctuary UK (UK)
CNCD-11.11.11 (Belgium)
COCIS (Italy)
Col. Educ. en dh y Prevén. Activistas. Conflictos (Spain)
Colectivo Indignado de Valladolid (Spain)
Collectif de soutien de l’EHESS aux sans-papiers et aux migrant-es (LDH)H) (France)
Collective Aid (Serbia, Bosnia, France)
Collettivo Fotosocial (Italy)
Commission étrangers Ligue des droits humains (Belgium)
Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati (Italy)
Coordinadora Andaluza de ONGD (Spain)
COORDINADORA DE BARRIOS (Spain)
Coordinadora Obrim Fronteres (Catalonia)
Counterpoints Arts (UK)
CRIBS International (UK)
CRID – Centre de recherche et d’information pour le développement (France)
Crida contra el Racisme i el Feixisme de València (Spain)
Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (Syria)
DANIEL MUÑOZ JOGA AND SPORT (Spain)
Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Defence for Children International (Switzerland)
DentalCoop-Asociacion de Voluntarios para la Salud Dental (Spain)
DIAKONIE (Austria)
Distribute Aid (Sweden)
Doctors Worldwide (UK)
Donate4Refugees (UK)
Donatella Quattrone (Italy)
Dråpen i Havet (A Drop in the Ocean) (Norway)
DUISPUNKT Initiative für Vielfalt, Toleranz und Solidarität in Duisburg (Germany)
ECHO100PLUS (Austria, Greece)
ECOLO (Belgium)
Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki (Greece)
ECRE (Belgium)
EDGE Funders Alliance (Belgium)
Ela Pame Mazi (The Netherlands)
ELIX (Greece)
Elmbridge CAN (UK)
Elpida Home (Greece)
EMERGENCY ONG ONLUS (Italy)
Emmaus Åland (Finland)
EMMAUS EUROPE (France)
Eugenio Cav.Gianotti (Italy)
Eurodiaconia (Belgium)
EuroMed Rights
Europe Must Act
European Civic Forum (Switzerland, France, Austria, Germany)
EuropeCares (Belgium)
Everyday, just a smile (Switzerland)
Eye Love You (The Netherlands)
Fair Planet (Greece)
Federación Aragonesa de Solidaridad (Spain)
Federation Christian organisations for international servie volunteering – FOCSIV (Italy)
Feeding Hope International T/A Hope Cafe (UK)
Fenix – Humanitarian Legal Aid (Greece)
Festival DiverCity (Italy)
FILEF Nuova Emigrazione Belgio (Belgium)
Firetree Philanthropy (Singapore)
Firetree Trust (Singapore)
Flüchtlingsrat Thüringen e.V. (Germany)
foodKIND (Switzerland)
FORO DE ABOGAD@S DE IZQUIERDAS-RED DE ABOGAD@S DEMÓCRATAS DE ESPAÑA (Spain)
Foundation for Social Diversity (Fundacja na rzecz Różnorodności Społecznej) (Poland)
Foundation Institute of Public Affairs (Poland)
France terre d’asile (France)
French National Bar Council (France)
Friends Of Refugees (UK)
Fund for Global Human Rights (UK)
Fundacja Polskie Forum Migracyjne (Poland)
FundAction (Belgium)
Gablitz hilft! Flüchtlingshilfe (Austria)
GAME (Denmark)
Global Call to Action Against Povert (GCAP) Europe
Global Citizen
Glocal Roots (Greece, Switzerland)
Greek Helsinki Monitor (Greece)
Greek Housing Network (Greece)
Guerrilla Foundation (Germany)
Heilig Geist Kloster (Germany)
Heimatstern e.V. (Germany)
Hellenic League for Human Rights (Greece)
Hello My Friend (UK)
Help Refugees/ Choose Love (UK)
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland)
HERMINE e.V. (Germany)
Herts for Refugees (UK)
HIAS Greece (Greece)
Hoffnung leben e.V. (Germany)
Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters (USA)
Hope and Aid Direct (UK)
HuBB – Humans Before Borders (Portugal)
Human Aid Now (The Netherlands)
Human Rights Watch
Humanist Union of Greece (Greece)
Humanitas, Centre for Global Education and Cooperation (Slovenia)
Humanity Now (USA)
HumanRights360 (Greece)
I AM YOU (Sweden)
IDPAD Team Spain (Spain)
IGNASI FORTUNY (France)
Il Migrant (Italy)
Indigo Volunteers (UK)
Info Park (Serbia)
İnsan Hakları Derneği / Human Rights Association (Turkey)
Institute for Urban Politics (Serbia)
Inter Alia (Greece)
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) (france)
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Intersindical Valenciana (Spain)
INTERSOS (Italy)
INTERSOS Hellas (Greece)
InterVolve (Greece)
Iuventa10 (Germany)
Jesuit Refugee Service Greece (Greece)
Justice and Peace Nederland (Netherlands)
Kaira vzw (Belgium)
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) (USA)
kitev (Germany)
Kitrinos Healthcare (UK, Greece)
Koraki (UK)
Kultursprung e.V. Duisburg (Germany)
La Cimade (France)
La Luna di Vasilika – VasilikaMoon (Italy)
LATRA (Greece)
Le Paria (France)
Legal Centre Lesvos (Greece)
Legambiente Onlus (Italy)
Lesvos Solidarity (Greece)
Lewisham Donation Hub (UK)
Liberare Roma (Italy)
Lifting Hands International (USA)
Lighthouse Relief (LHR) (Sweden, Greece)
Ligue des droitrs de l’Homme (LDH) (France)
Ligue des droits humains (Belgium)
Linea d’Ombra.odv, Trieste (italy)
Lokal Harmonie e.V. (Germany)
Love Welcomes (UK)
Maître Franck LEVY (France)
Mama Africa Onlus (Italy)
MAMbrella (Switzerland)
Mani Rosse Antirazziste (Italy)
MARDi (UK)
Mare Liberum (Greece)
Medecins du Monde (Greece)
Médecins du Monde-France (France)
Médecins Sans Frontières
Medici per i Diritti Umani (Italy)
Mediterranea – ComitatoMunicipio8 Milano (Italy)
Melissa: Network of Migrant Women in Greece (Greece)
Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke – ActionAid Denmark (Denmark)
Migrant Voice (UK)
Migrants Social Center Athens (Greece)
MiGreat (Netherlands)
Minim Municipalist Observatory
Minority Rights Group – Greece (Greece)
Minority Rights Group International (UK)
Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit (Spain)
Mission Congregation Servants of the Holy Spirit (Italy)
MISSION LIFELINE e.V. (Germany)
Mobile Info Team (Greece)
Modus Oprandi (France)
Mosaik Support Center for Refugees and Locals (Greece)
Mouvement Ouvrier Chrétien (Belgium)
Movement for Movement (Germany)
MPG (Migration Policy Group) (Belgium)
Mundo en Movimiento (Spain)
Musicians Without Borders (Netherlands)
Musikarama (Greece)
NAGA ODV (Italy)
Nätverket NU ÄR DET NOG! (Sweden)
Network for Children’s Rights (Greece)
No name kitchen (Spain)
Northern Lights Aid (Greece)
Norwegian Refugee Council (Norway)
Obrim Fronteres València (Spain)
Offene Arme e.V (Greece)
Office of Displaced Designers (UK)
Officina 47 (Italy)
OMNES (Greece)
One Bridge to Idomeni Onlus (Italy)
One Family-No Borders (Norway)
One Happy Family (Switzerland)
Ongi etorri errefuxiatuak araba
Open Arms (Spain)
Open Arms Italia (Italy)
Open Cultural Center (Greece, Spain)
Open Hearts Open Borders (OHOB Ltd.) (UK)
Open Ideas Foundation (Poland)
Organization for Aid to Refugees (Czech Republic)
Oxfam (Belgium)
Pampiraiki Support Initiative for Refugees & Migrants (Greece)
PANK (Croatia)
Pasaje Seguro Cantabria (Spain)
Peaceful Heart Network (Sweden)
Pensare Migrante (Italy)
Perichoresis NGO (Greece)
Plataforma Solidaria de Torrero (Spain)
Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) (Belgium)
Platzhirsch Festival der Artenvielfalt Duisburg (Germany)
Pomozi (Germany)
Portsmouth Cares – Donations for Refugees (UK)
Povod, Institute for culture and development of international relations in culture (Slovenia)
PRO ASYL (Germany)
Progetto Melting Pot Europa (Italy)
Project Armonia (Greece)
Project Play (France)
PTs for Refugees (USA)
RAAH Fest Fund (UK)
Re-Act Refugee Action Scotland (Scotland)
REACT – Refugee Education Across Conflicts Trust (UK)
ReFOCUS Media Labs (Poland)
Refugee 4 Refugees (Greece)
Refugee Biriyani & Bananas (UK)
Refugee Compassion (UK)
Refugee Info Bus (UK)
Refugee Law Clinic Berlin e.V. (Germany)
Refugee Legal Support (RLS) (Greece)
Refugee Rescue (UK)
Refugee Rights Europe (RRE) (UK, Belgium)
Refugee Support Europe (UK)
Refugee Trauma Initiative (Greece)
Refugee Women’s Centre (France)
Refugee Youth Service (UK, France, Greece)
RefugeeEd (UK)
Refugees International (USA)
Refugees Welcome Italia (Italy)
Refugees Welcome Portugal (Portugal)
Réfugiés bienvenue (France)
REFUGYM (UK)
RefuNet (UK)
RESF (Réseau éducation sans frontières) (France)
RESQSHIP (Germany)
Rethinking Refugees – Knowledge and Action (Poland)
Safe Passage International (UK, France, Greece)
Saferworld (UK)
Samos LGBTQI+ Group (Greece)
Samos Volunteers (Greece)
SAO Association for Displaced Women (Switzerland)
Save the Children
Science for the People (USA)
Sea-Eye e.V. (Germany)
Sea-Watch e.V. (Germany)
Second Tree (Greece)
Seebrücke – Schafft Sichere Häfen (Germany)
Seeds of Humanity Hellas (Greece)
ShowerPower Foundation (Greece, The Netherlands)
SINGA (France)
SINGA Stuttgart (Germany)
SNAPAP CGATA Algerie (Algeria)
Soc. coop. Soc. “Formato Famiglia” (Italy)
SOCIAL COMMUNITY INITIATIVE – School For Refugees (Spain)
Social Work Action Network (Greece)
Solberga Foundation (UK)
SolidariTee (UK)
SolidarityNow (Greece)
Solinetz Basel (Switzerland)
SOS Bihać (Bosnia)
SOS Grecia – Restiamo Umani/Municipio8Milano (Italy)
SOS Refugiados Europe (Spain, Greece)
Stichting Boxwise (Netherlands)
Stichting Open Roads Media (The Netherlands)
Stiftung Erneuerbar Freiheit (Germany)
Still I Rise (Greece, Italy)
Support Art Workers (Greece)
SWAN (UK)
Symbiosis-School of Political Studies in Greece (Greece)
Team Humanity (Denmark)
Techfugees (UK)
Terra! (Italy)
Terre des hommes Hellas (Greece)
Terre des Hommes International Federation (Switzerland)
Tesserae Urban Social Research (Germany)
Thalassa of Solidarity (Greece)
the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) (Belgium)
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (UK)
The Lava Project (Greece)
The Open University, (UK)
The Present (The Netherlands)
The School Bus Project (UK)
The Swallows India Bangladesh (Sweden)
Theater Arbeit Duisburg e.V. (Germany)
Theorie und Praxis e.V. (Germany)
Three Peas (UK)
Together Human (Switzerland)
UDS – UNIONE DONNE SAMMARINESI (San Marino, France)
Unitat contra el Feixisme i el Racisme – UCFR
Unitat Garraf – UCFR
Utopia 56 (France)
Utopia56 (France)
València Acull / Valencia Acoge (Spain)
VELOS YOUTH (Greece)
Verein Esperanza (Switzerland)
Verein FAIR. (Switzerland)
Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen (Belgium)
Voice of Ezidis (France)
Volkshilfe Österreich (Austria)
Vzw humain (Belgium)
Walk Of Shame (The Netherlands)
Watch The Med- Alarmphone (Germany)
Watershed Foundation (Germany)
Wave – Thessaloniki (Greece)
Wave of Hope for the Future (Italy, Greece)
We Gaan Ze Halen / Let’s Bring Them Here (The Netherlands)
Wegrand Stiftung (Germany)
Wir packen’s an e.V. (Germany)
Women Refugge route (Denmark)
World At Play (UK)
World Refugee & Migration Council (Canada)
Yoga and sport for refugees (France)
yourhope4lesbo (Italy)
Youth For Refugees (UK)
Youth organization “Protests” (Latvia)
Οικόπολις – μια παράλληλη πόλη / Oikopolis – a parallel city (Greece)
#SOSMoria (Netherlands)
11.11.11 (Belgium)
350.org (Europe)

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October Collection Weekend

There are some things no one should go without. Help us provide nappies and other hygiene essentials to people living in refugee camps across Greece.

Following camp lockdowns, COVID-19 outbreaks, and the devastating fire in Moria camp, the need for nappies and other hygiene supplies in camps across the country has never before been more urgent.

Please help us get these supplies to where they are most needed by donating items on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of October at your nearest drop off point. If you are able to get together with friends, family and neighbours and pool supplies and logistics that would be incredible. These are the items our partners most need right now so please do only bring items from this list:

– Nappies
– Toothpaste
– Roll-on deodorant
– Shampoo
– Shower gel
– Soap

Check the map to find your nearest drop-off point and email them to book a time slot. Please always adhere to government guidance.

 

If you can’t travel or don’t have tents to donate, you can still buy nappies and basic wash bags for refugees and displaced people from the Choose Love store – just go to www.choose.love.

 

This project is in partnership with:

Logos for Tent Collective

 

 

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Solidarity posters

We’ve all seen recent headlines that paint people seeking safety as an invasion or a threat. In these deeply worrying times, it’s up to all of us to change this narrative.

We need to show that our shared humanity is so much stronger than hate; that refugees and asylum seekers are always welcome.

Posting a sign in the window of your home or place of work is a simple way to bring the solidarity you’ve been sharing on social media into the real world.

You could paint or draw your own design, or if you have a printer, click on one or more of the designs below to download them.

No human is illegal posterRefugees welcome poster
Solidarity with all refugees posterWe stand with all refugees post

 


 

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We’re hiring! Apply to join Help Refugees as our Samos Field Manager

We are looking for a Field Manager to join our team on Samos.

Applications are open now!

About the Organisation

Help Refugees is the largest grassroots humanitarian organisation working with refugees in Europe, the Middle East and on the US-Mexico border. Providing funding and support for over 120 of the most effective locally-led groups working on the frontlines, we act fast to help those who need it most. Our key goal is to provide flexible needs-based funding to grassroots organisations to close and prevent future gaps across the 3 layers: 1. emergency response; 2. basic survival; 3. rebuilding lives.

Help Refugees have Field Managers based in France, on the Greek mainland, and the Greek islands of Lesvos and Samos.

 

Purpose of the role: Working with the other Field Manager based on Samos to manage the Samos, Chios, and potentially Leros and Kos operations of Help Refugees.

Contract Length: 12 months

Hours: Full-time

Start Date: Mid September

Salary: Inline with other non-governmental organisations

 

Key areas of responsibility:

Partner support

          • Procurement of supplies and emergency aid
          • Assist with logistics for shipments 
          • Operational support on issues that arise in the field
          • Take an active role in the emergency response core team
          • Liaise with external training providers where appropriate

Finance management

          • Managing a three-monthly budget
          • Allocating resources based on needs, local developments and strategic direction
          • Monitoring and evaluation of partner projects
          • Maintain regular contact and build trusted relationships with partner projects
          • Ensure timely submission of project reports by coordinating with partners

Context analysis and representation

          • Understand context on the Aegean islands and keep up to date with the situation
          • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all actors to enhance cooperation and coordination between organisations
          • Represent Help Refugees at inter-association meetings
          • Facilitate and lead meetings, and take minutes, when required
          • Act as the link between the work on the ground and London-based team 
          • Work closely with the rest of the Greece field team to share knowledge and ideas
          • Participate in report writing and in proposal writing relevant to the operation and context in the region
          • Host visits from donors, London team, media and stakeholders

External communication

          • Work with the campaigns, communications and advocacy teams to raise awareness of the situation on the Aegean islands and issues affecting partners
          • Take photos and collect stories and testimonies from partner organisations to be used by the communications team
          • Be a point of contact for media/press when required

Essential criteria:

  • Highly proactive and organised, able to manage and prioritise a busy, high-pressure workload
  • Imaginative and solution-oriented
  • Calm, diplomatic and patient
  • Experience working in the field of humanitarian aid, refugees or migration
  • Unafraid of administrative tasks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to act and write sensitively with complex and challenging topics, in a range of tones
  • Proficiency with Google Docs, spreadsheets and other presentation tools

 

Desired criteria:

  • Lived experience of displacement or migration
  • Greek language proficiency/Greek Residency
  • Knowledge of the regional and European migration situation
  • Experience of working/volunteering within grassroots organisations in the migration sector
  • Full driving license

 

Application:

Please send your CV and a one-page cover letter to jobs@helprefugees.org  

 

Application deadline: Friday 7th August

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

Help Refugees is against discrimination of any kind. We recognise that unconscious bias and internalised prejudice bleed into workplace practices, and so actively work to educate our staff and leadership team in allyship and non-discriminatory practice. Our success as an organisation requires us to live our principles, bringing equity and diversity of lived experience into our decision-making and creative processes. Please do not feel you will be disadvantaged in the selection process on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, age, sexuality or any other protected characteristic. If you need reasonable adjustments, please let us know in confidence.

We are committed to making our roles and culture inclusive. We can make reasonable adjustments throughout the application process and on the job. If you have particular accessibility needs, please get in touch and let us know any requirements you may have.

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Greek NGO registration. Our statement.

The Greek government is making it impossibly hard for many vital humanitarian groups to operate – but protecting the rights of vulnerable people must come first.

New rules introduced earlier this year require NGOs in Greece to register with the government, but by doing so they must fulfil a host of expensive and bureaucratic obligations. This new process will result in a vast number of small grassroots organisations, just like the partners we support, being prevented from doing their vital work.

Today, alongside 72 other organisations, we released a statement to Greek officials calling on them to reconsider this legislation and engage in constructive dialogue with civil society. Humanitarian work is essential work and must be protected and respected.


Joint letter to:

  • The Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachi
  • The Alternate Minister of Migration and Asylum, Giorgos Koumoutsakos

Cc:

  • The European Commissioner for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová
  • The President of the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe, Jeremy McBride
  • The President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, Anna Rurka
  • The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule
  • The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales

 

The undersigned organisations welcome the ‘Opinion on the Compatibility with European Standards of Recent and Planned Amendments to the Greek Legislation on NGO Registration’ from the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe (hereafter Expert Council). The organisations appreciate the efforts of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum to centralize the registration of organisations active in the field of international protection, migration, asylum and social integration of third-country nationals, but endorse the recommendation that current legislation “should be substantially revised so that they are brought into line with European standards”.

 

The Expert Council expressed their concern that the registration and certification procedure creates unnecessary and disproportional barriers on the work of NGOs and impedes freedom of association. This could have a chilling effect on civil society and potentially create a “worrying humanitarian situation” as organisations cover existing gaps in the provision of services, protection, health and the monitoring of human rights. These concerns are not unfounded; a recent announcement by the Minister of Migration and Asylum made clear that after the registration process only 18 out of 44 organisations will be allowed to continue work inside government facilities until a final decision on their certification is given. A first listing of NGOs that will receive a final decision on their certification, and which are allowed to continue their work in government structures excludes a large number of organisations which provide essential services, including medical NGOs.

 

In order to continue work in government facilities, organisations that previously registered were obliged to re-register within two months after publication of legislation. According to the Expert Council these requirements do not satisfy proportionality requirements for the restriction on the freedom of association. The low number of organisations that proceeded to the certification stage of the registration procedure reflects the Expert Council finding that the procedure is onerous, time consuming and costly, especially for smaller NGOs. In addition the Expert Council warns there could be arbitrary decisions made based on the vagueness of criteria for certification and a lack of independence of the deciding body.

 

Both the Expert Council and the European Court of Justice recently emphasized that the work of NGOs is essential for a democratic state and a well functioning pluralistic society and therefore there should be minimal limitations to their work. The work of many organisations in Greece is essential in providing basic services including legal assistance, medical care, child protection, women’s protection and empowerment, housing, support for unaccompanied children, (informal) education, employment counseling, job matching, Site Management Support, and provision of information, but are currently hampered by legislative requirements. To ensure the well functioning of civil society in Greece NGOs should have been consulted about legislation regarding their work and the procedure for registration and certification should be made as ‘simple as possible’ and in line with the right to the freedom of association. Therefore, we respectfully ask you:

 

    • To implement the recommendations made by the Expert Council on NGO Law to bring legislation on NGO registration in line with European standards.
    • To urgently reconsider the requirements for certification and the decision making pathway for certification in accordance with the findings of the Expert Council on NGO Law. 
    • To engage in a constructive dialogue with civil society on the requirements for registration and certification and how the government could encourage organisations to be accountable and transparent, as a means to attain the legitimate goals set out in Article 11(2) of the ECHR.
    • To proceed with timely public consultation and discussion with civil society on legislative reforms and forthcoming legislation regarding registration of NGOs in Greece as per the expert council’s recommendation. 

 

We remain at your disposal for more information.

Signed by,

      1. Action for Education
      2. Action for Women
      3. ActionAid Hellas
      4. Advocates Abroad
      5. Afghan Community Migration & Refugees in Greece
      6. ARION-CETACEAN RESCUE AND REHABILITATION RESEARCH CENTER
      7. ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth
      8. Bridge2
      9. Centre for Research on Women’s Issues (CRWI) “Diotima”
      10. Changemakers Lab
      11. Civil Act
      12. Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
      13. Donate4Refugees
      14. ECHO100PLUS
      15. ELIX
      16. Fenix – Humanitarian Legal Aid
      17. foodKIND
      18. Free Movement Skateboarding UK
      19. Greek Forum Of Migrants – Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Μεταναστών
      20. Greek Forum of Refugees
      21. Hellenic Liver Patient Association “Prometheus”
      22. Hellenic Liver Patient Association “Prometheus”
      23. Help Refugees
      24. HIGGS
      25. Humanity Now: Direct Refugee Relief
      26. HumanRights360
      27. Humans for Humans (The Imagine Project)
      28. I AM YOU Humanitarian Aid
      29. IASIS
      30. InCommOn AMKE
      31. Indigo Volunteers
      32. Intereuropean Human Aid Association
      33. INTERSOS Hellas
      34. InterVolve
      35. Jesuit Refugee Service Greece – JRS Greece
      36. La Luna Di Vasilika ONLUS
      37. Lesvos Solidarity
      38. Medical Volunteers International e.V.
      39. Melissa: Network of Migrant Women in Greece
      40. mellifera
      41. MERIMNA – Society for the care of children and families facing illness and death
      42. Mobile Info Team
      43. Northern Lights Aid
      44. Office of Displaced Designers
      45. OMNES
      46. One Happy Family
      47. Project Armonia
      48. ReFOCUS Media Labs
      49. Refugee Legal Support (RLS)
      50. Refugee Rescue
      51. Refugee Rights Europe
      52. Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI)
      53. Refugee Youth Service
      54. RefugeeEd
      55. Samos Volunteers
      56. ShowerPower Foundation
      57. Social Hacker A.M.K.E.
      58. SolidarityNow
      59. Still I Rise
      60. Terre des hommes Hellas
      61. Together for Better Days
      62. Velos Youth
      63. Verein FAIR.
      64. Wave – Thessaloniki
      65. We Need Books
      66. Yoga and Sport For Refugees
      67. YouBeHero
      68. ΒΙΟΚΑΤΑΝΑΛΩΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΠΟΙΟΤΙΚΗ ΖΩΗ (ΒΙΟΖΩ)
      69. Θάλασσα Αλληλεγγύης- Thalassa of Solidarity
      70. Κοινωφελές Σωματείο Αρωγής Ηλικιωμένων και Ατόμων με Αναπηρία-ΦΡΟΝΤΙΖΩ
      71. Μary Pini Director KESO Μαίρη Πίνη Διευθύντρια ΚΕΣΟ
      72. Τεχνοδρομώ/ArtActing
      73. 50και Ελλάς
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Show us how you Choose Love

Choose love is a simple, but powerful message. At a time when the world faces many challenges; when a rhetoric of hate and division has forced itself centre stage; we believe sharing this simple message has never been more vital.

 

Join us this #WorldRefugeeDay and colour in your own beautiful design – share your creation on your socials, or display it in your window. Show the world that you choose love.

 

PRINT YOUR COPY NOW

 

Print out a blank illustration, get creative, and share on your socials – let your imagination inspire others! #chooselove

 

Choose Love Drawing

Thank you Anissa for this beautiful illustration 💛

 

#RefugeeWeek2020

 

 

 

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