OTHER CCS PROGRAMS
Of the total 22.5 million refugees in the world today, less than 1 percent have been resettled. Over 62 thousand refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere are currently stranded in Greece, living in temporary camp structures while they wait, often indefinitely, for resettlement.
In response to this humanitarian crisis, CCS is operating a refugee volunteer program to support vulnerable women, children, and residents of camps in Greece.
How can you support refugees?
The majority of refugee families in Greece now live in one of 40+ ‘temporary’ camps. The camps CCS work with are situated 50 minutes north of Athens, and each houses approximately 800 residents, approximately half of whom are children.
The greatest need the camps are currently facing is the management and distribution of crucial resources, such as water and clothing. CCS volunteers fill this need by funding, supplying and managing the distribution of water, milk, hygiene items, and clothing to all camp residents in a dignified, respectful, and equitable manner.
Another significant challenge in the camps is simply a lack of activities and purpose for the residents. To meet these needs, CCS partners with other NGOs, many who have been with the camps since their inception, to work with refugee children and support vulnerable women.
The future is uncertain for these families, and restoring dignity and purpose in their daily lives is a crucial goal of this program. Bringing a sense of normalcy and routine in a chaotic and foreign environment is so valued, needed, and appreciated by residents.
CCS is honored to manage operations of Ritsona’s massive distribution center, a crucial dispensary of water, clothing, and other supplies. Volunteers will form lasting relationships with residents as they distribute daily water packages and run a free clothing boutique -- meeting basic human needs and fulfilling fundamental human rights, all with compassion and humanity.
We are also pleased to partner with local NGO's that have been operating in Ritsona since the camp was opened. Our main partners are I AM YOU and Lighthouse Relief. CCS volunteers work alongside the I AM YOU staff at both Ritsona and Oinofyta camps, supporting their pre-school and education programs, and also collaborate with Lighthouse Relief staff in their Child Friendly Space, and Female Friendly Space in Ritsona.
In addition, as part of your program contribution, $200-300 is donated to the Distribution Center at Ritsona, and $100 is donated to our refugee program partners for every 2 weeks of service, depending on your assignment.
Regardless of where you volunteer and what your daily service looks like, you’ll be fulfilling basic human needs and upholding fundamental human rights by providing stability for and upholding the dignity of residents during this time of crisis.
Create a nurturing environment through Work with Refugee Children by offering emotional and educational supports to meet developmental milestones.
Foster a sense of community and provide educational and health information to Support Vulnerable Women in female-friendly spaces.
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