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Help spread the word about Choose Love this winter!

Are you an artist, activist or advertising pro? Are you part of a local group that supports refugees? ⁣We need your help to get the word out about this year’s Choose Love shop. ⁣

The Choose Love shop, which enables everyone to buy real products for refugees, helps raise much of the vital funds we need. But with the pandemic and only one very scaled-back real-world shop in London this year, it’s going to be a huge challenge to make this happen. ⁣ ⁣

When we launch our new online shop in November, we need to find ways to keep people talking about Choose Love.

This is where you come in. We know our incredible community is full of brilliant, creative, community-minded people. In November then our shop opens, will you help us spread a message of love, welcome and togetherness?⁣ Could you: ⁣

  • Create an artwork, animation or film about Choosing Love for us to share.⁣
  • Find a beautiful way to show refugees are welcome in your community.⁣
  • Do a distanced stunt or banner drop at a local landmark.⁣
  • Make us your school, university or company’s festive fundraiser. ⁣
  • Record a song about choosing love. ⁣
  • Paint a Choose Love mural.⁣
  • Devote your social profiles to showing love and welcome. ⁣
  • Make your Christmas lights say CHOOSE LOVE!⁣

We’re still a small team, so we may not have as much capacity as we’d like to help you develop your idea, but we may be able to cover your expenses – please get in touch with us to discuss your plans or send us anything you’ve created via creative@helprefugees.org.⁣

With thanks to Holly Thomas for the beautiful illustration.

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A message from a refugee stuck in the Napier Barracks

Nima fled his home in Iran looking for safety. After making the dangerous crossing to the UK, he was moved to Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent – an ex-military facility that is now a holding site for around 400 people who came seeking refuge in the UK. He dreams of studying politics at university, but instead his life, dreams and hopes are on hold. Nima sent us his story, with a request to share it. These are his words:

You know, recently I’ve encountered an internal conflict that I can’t get over or seem to resolve. I keep telling myself, Nima you should be happy. Nima you’re in England. Nima you have a chance. Nima you have friends here. Nima England is multicultural and you won’t stand out as a refugee. But no. Nima you’re in a camp. Nima you have to start the whole process again. Nima you don’t know if you’ll make it. Nima you may not get asylum. Nima Nima Nima. Who have you become? 

I got to the UK on a Monday with my best friend. After all this time he has become my brother and one of the most important people in my life. We’re not together anymore, and it feels like I’ve been stripped of my own family for the second time. 

“It was in London where I was given the freedom and opportunity to feel normal again. After all this time I felt like a human, no different from every other human”

When we arrived they called my name and said they’d send me somewhere. The only thing I asked for was for Omid to come with me. Dont leave me alone. Please. We made it this far, together. Why wouldn’t we continue together? It’s not my journey. It’s our journey. And doing it without him translates into emptiness. An emptiness that doesn’t fit inside me. 

They moved me somewhere. Somewhere is the only word I can use. I have no idea where it was. I was in the middle of the unknown. I had no wifi, no phone, no Omid. I didn’t know what they’d do with me. After all they could do whatever they wanted to. No one would ever know. We’re just faceless people stepped on by those who have documents. I wanted to tell my family I am alive because they hadn’t heard from their son for more than 20 days. But I couldn’t. I knew that would make them suffer so much. 

The only thing I remember doing on the first day I arrived was pushing doors. Pushing doors, harder and harder. But all of them were locked. Just like my future, my dreams and my hope. I wouldn’t leave that place. That would be the end of me. I couldn’t breathe anymore. 

Eight days after they moved me to London and I could finally find happiness. It was the best time I’ve had since I’ve reached the UK. It was in London where I was given the freedom and opportunity to feel normal again. After all this time I felt like a human, no different from every other human. I asked strangers to help me find an address, and they helped me, politely, because I’m not just a refugee. 

You know, I never realised I got trauma from my time on Samos. I built a life there. I created long-lasting meaningful relationships. I worked and I had a bed. But I soon understood that I never felt normal there. In London I kept telling myself, Nima you’re a refugee, why are people nice to you?! It doesn’t make sense. You’re someone they don’t like. Because for three years in Greece I thought I had no rights. Entrance to places and restaurants was forbidden for people like me. I was a refugee and I thought being a refugee means you’re not human and you can’t talk to strangers and strangers will certainly not want to talk to you.

I was only in London for two weeks and I already could start to find myself again. It only took two weeks to feel in the right place, gain direction and sense of life. I wanted to be helpful by helping homeless people, I found a charity that accepted me as a volunteer. 

After my first day at the charity, I was moved to the camp in Folkestone. And here we go again. The spiral continues. I lost everything again.

“We’re surrounded by fences. It’s a prison camp. It’s a trap.”

When I arrived in the camp I saw someone being beaten up by racist people who started shouting at us, yelling that we should leave England and go back to where we came from. We’re not welcome. We’re unwanted. It seems people are repulsed by us. 

There are around 400 people living here. We queue for food. We’re surrounded by fences. It’s a prison camp. It’s a trap. Some people self harm. Someone claimed he’d hang himself unless he was transferred soon. I had to translate his words and listen to his devastating story. It hurt me, I could understand his frustrations. He magnified my hopelessness.

I lost my self confidence and my hope. I started feeling I’m not human. I’m not worth a human life. I don’t know what will happen to me. Maybe I’ll be the one being beaten in public tomorrow. 

So I decided to sleep for a week. I prayed that one day I’ll wake up from this nightmare in Iran with my parents, eating the food they always cook for me, smelling their smell. For a week I quit. I couldn’t think about university and all the plans I had. I couldn’t try one more time. I can’t accept failure anymore without resenting it and myself. I don’t want to hate myself even more, it’s enough and too heavy to deal with already.

I don’t know for how long I’ll be here. I don’t know if i’ll ever leave this place. I don’t know where I’ll go. Life is always surprising us. I just wish they could be good surprises.


If you’d like to be part of efforts to support the new residents of the Napier Barracks, follow the work of the brilliant local group Kent Refugee Action Network

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November Collection Weekend

There are some things no one should go without. Help us provide tents, bedding and warm clothes in Northern France this winter.

 

Winter is fast approaching and as temperature begin to drop we need you help to ensure that hundreds of people, sleeping in camps or on roadsides, stay dry and warm.

 

Help us by collecting and donating items at your nearest drop off point on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of November. 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:

 

– Tents
– Sleeping bags
– Blankets
– Men’s hats and gloves
– Men’s scarves and snoods
– Men’s socks and new boxer shorts
– Men’s thermal leggings

 

Our main priorities are small and medium size clothing for men. Large and extra large clothing is still needed but in lesser numbers. We are only collecting clothing for men because stock levels are very low while women and children’s clothes remain in good stock.

 

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 tents, blankets and warm clothes 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

 

Header photo taken in winter 2019, Calais.

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We’re hiring! Apply to join us as Policy & Advocacy Officer

POLICY AND ADVOCACY OFFICER

 

Application deadline: 9am, Thursday 5th November.

Choose Love seeks a talented and creative Policy & Advocacy Officer to secure policy changes that promote the rights, justice and dignity of displaced people.

  • 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 nimble, always learning and not afraid to take risks.

 

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.  

 

About the Job

Choose Love seeks a talented and creative Policy & Advocacy Officer to secure policy changes that promote the rights, justice and dignity of displaced people.

Policy & advocacy work:

  • Map targets, moments and tactics for achieving change
  • Develop key messages and policy positions using evidence from our partners and in consultation with Choose Love staff, partners and experts by experience
  • Create thoughtful policy recommendations & actions to create meaningful long term change
  • Prepare high quality, evidence-based policy submissions, briefings and responses to Bills
  • Work with our field teams, programmes team and partners to gather data to inform policy work
  • Research, evidence gathering and copy editing for reports to inform advocacy goals
  • Provide evidence for witness statements for strategic litigation cases that advance policy objectives

External Relations:

  • Develop relationships and conduct advocacy with government departments, parliamentary bodies, oversight bodies and other political influencing targets
  • Develop strategic partnerships at local and national levels with allies and relevant institutional bodies
  • Promote the input and voices of experts by experience at external engagements
  • Create and maintain database of parliamentary and other advocacy targets
  • Represent the organisation at external meetings

Other:

  • Provide specialist and up to date knowledge on the rights of displaced people and unaccompanied children
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation, when relevant
  • Undertake any other work, as required

 

About you

  • Have minimum 2-3 years experience working doing policy and advocacy work for an NGO or political campaign, ideally relating to the rights of displaced people
  • Possess authentic passion for Choose Love’s mission and work. Lived experience of any kind is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of UK and international refugee law and policy and a strong understanding of issues facing displaced people
  • Proven experience of delivering policy impact
  • Experience amplifying the voices of people with lived experience
  • A good working knowledge of Parliamentary procedures, and the structure and workings of the Government
  • Exceptional writer and editor with meticulous attention for detail, including in order to influence policy and raise public awareness.
  • Are willing to listen and learn, making space for ideas and approaches that are different than your own.
  • Proven ability to oversee a wide range of tasks 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.

This role will be full-time, based in London and the salary is £28-35k.

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 advocacy@helprefugees.org. We are particularly interested in any examples of work you’ve led that demonstrate the requirements above. Please include links to any examples you feel are relevant.

 

Application deadline: 9am, Thursday 5th November.

Interviews w/c: 16 November

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Distributions banned in Calais

What’s happening in Calais is unacceptable.

 

For months, violent large-scale evictions have regularly been taking place, with police using tear gas to disperse people from informal camps, then taking tents, blankets, and other personal belongings. Whilst some people are transported to temporary accommodation centres, many are left to sleep rough in increasingly bad weather.

 

These evictions have left people struggling to access essentials like food and water, and now the French government is criminalising the people stepping up to help. It has been made illegal for groups to distribute food and water to people in the city centre.⁣ Whilst distributions are still currently permitted outside the city centre, without the food provided by NGOs, thousands of displaced people sleeping rough or in makeshift camps in the area would often not have enough to eat, and in some cases would have no food at all. ⁣

 

The conditions in Calais are unbearable. As legal routes like resettlement and family reunion are increasingly limited, people are more likely to attempt desperate journeys.

 

Beyond the headlines and political posturing, every person making these journeys is a human being who deserves respect, compassion and safety.

 

 

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Choose Love! The London art gallery raising money for refugee projects

Leontia Gallery is raising money and awareness to help refugee projects around the world by auctioning original artworks and limited edition prints from its collection of international artists. 100% of profits from these sales will go to support our partners around the world.

The private art gallery has hosted many successful pop-up exhibitions throughout London and has firmly established itself amongst the edgy face of the Art world, with an impressive selection of high-profile artists and clients.

Alex Gallagher - 1st edition“Choose Love really conveyed the message of what we are trying to do. This year has been a shock to the system and many of us have felt isolated and helpless, our lives have been turned upside down and it really allowed us to gain perspective; this is the reality for displaced people everyday.”

– Owner and curator of the Gallery, Leontia Reilly.

 Transition of Hope and Steven Quinns Original collage, Mother Earth.The online auction will run from October 21st until Tuesday 27th of October. It will feature seven artworks over seven days from seven different artists and bidding is online via www.leontiagallery.com.

Catalogues are available to view on the gallery’s website and anyone interested in bidding on an exclusive piece can log on to Instagram to view the artworks, or by visiting the gallery’s website throughout the day to place a bid. Bids start at £100 for prints and £300 for originals. Artworks for the auction have been specifically made by the artists for the charity or have been hand selected by the curators, making this a wonderful opportunity to buy a unique artwork to support a really important cause.

Artists include:

​Magnus Gjoen​, an international artist whose collectors include Kate Moss and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Gjoen will be donating one of his newest pieces for the auction.

Lauren Baker​, an international artist ​whose large-scale installations have been commissioned throughout the UK and the as far as the middle east, described as “highly collectable” by M&C Saatchi. Lauren Baker has made an edition especially for the auction, the edition is from her “Choose Love” neon work.

Lee Ellis, ​a British multi-media ​artist​ based in Bristol will be donating a large original painting for the charity with an estimate of £2,500 Roberto Voorbij​ is donating his newest edition “Flora” a multimedia piece. Roberto is a Dutch conceptual artist.

Steven Quinn​, Belfast born artist who has worked alongside Damien Hirst is auctioning off an original collage. His work often combines his own photography with cut-outs from vintage magazines, he plays with imagery to create often apocalyptic, sometimes humorous narratives.

Carne Griffiths​ is donating a stunning new original piece, prints will be available to purchase after the auction with profits going to Help The Refugees. Alexandra Gallagher​ will be donating a stunning first edition of her piece ‘Transition Of Hope’ Alexandra is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured on Grand designs.

The auction runs from ​October 21st until Tuesday 27th of October, each piece will be auctioned daily from 10am-7pm, for a catalogue and timings please contact info@leontiagallery.com or visit www.leontiagallery.com.

Header image: Lauren Baker ‘Choose Love’. Other images: Alexandra Gallagher ‘Transition of Hope’, Steven Quinn ‘Mother Earth’.

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We’re hiring! Apply to join us as Communications Assistant

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT 

Application deadline: 9am Wednesday 21st October. 

 

We are looking for a Communications Assistant to make creative content for web and social, as well as a range of other tasks supporting our busy communications team. If you’ve looked at Choose Love’s socials and think you can make similar (or better) image, text and video content – under pressure and while managing multiple priorities – then we need you. 

 

About you

  • You make video, image and text content for social media that drives engagement.
  • You know Instagram, Facebook and Twitter inside out. 
  • You have a good understanding of issues facing refugees and displaced people.

 

The deal

Full time role, 6-month initial contract. Working remotely, but with a largely London-based team. Salary £25k

 

About Choose Love / Help Refugees

We are now one of the largest providers of grassroots humanitarian aid in Europe, currently supporting over 120 projects across Europe, the Middle East and US-Mexican border. Each of these projects is powered by ordinary people who are stepping up where governments are failing to provide even the most basic services. From those keeping rescue boats afloat, to the volunteers distributing tents and hot food, to the brave souls working under the desert sun to place water along the Mexican border.

 

To apply 

We are most interested in examples of your previous work that display the skills outlined above. Please submit links, or a Dropbox or Google Drive folder with at least four pieces of content that you have created in your work or personal life, along with your CV and a covering statement of no more than 200 words to communications@helprefugees.org. Deadline: 9am Wednesday 21st October. 

 

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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The EU migration pact will create a ‘Moria 2.0’. Europe must do better.

On Wednesday, the European Commission is presenting its plans for the future of migration and asylum in Europe (the ‘migration pact’). A new approach is urgently needed, but the European Commission’s plan looks like just a repackaged version of Europe’s failed ‘hotspot’ approach. 

The fires in Moria camp on Lesvos shows again why the current EU hotspot approach to asylum, where people are trapped in camps until a decision on their asylum claim is made, has failed. The European Commission says that their new plans for asylum and migration will prevent any new Morias from happening again, but at the same time the EU is already supporting the Greek state with building ‘Moria 2.0’ – another overcrowded tent camp on the island.  

The solution that will be presented by the Commission is a ‘border procedure’ where everyone who seeks safety in Europe will once again be trapped in camps on borders and on islands, awaiting screening for health, confirmation of people’s identity and a first assessment if people really need safety in the EU. This so-called new approach from the EU Commission is a just a replication of the failed hotspot approach presented as a new solution. 

The EU Commission also wants to work closer together with other countries to return people immediately after they get a negative decision on their asylum decision. The close link between asylum and returning people might look good on paper, but in practice is way more complicated. Other countries often don’t want to help the EU to return people, leaving thousands of people in a legal limbo. Besides that the EU has a track record of working together with countries that don’t respect basic human rights. 

Another focus of the Asylum and Migration Pact lies on ‘strengthening’ the EU’s external borders, which has become a synonym for illegally and violently denying people to enter EU territory, denying them to ask for asylum. Stronger borders are not the solution as people will find more dangerous ways to seek safety in the EU. It also shows that the EU is seeing migration as a risk or threat instead of acknowledging that migration forms an intrinsic part of today’s fast-changing world. 

The President of the EU Commission has called for a human and humane approach to migration, but it doesn’t seem to reflect that in their plans. An unprecedented and growing alliance of more than 130,000 individuals, 420 organisations, Members of the European Parliament and politicians are all agreeing that radical change is necessary.

Join us in creating a voice loud enough to be heard by EU leaders and sign our joint petition

Want to know more? Read our submission to the EU Commission on how to create an asylum and migration policy that is based on human rights and dignity.

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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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