Who do we help
Help to Help
ECHO100PLUS is a charity which has worked in Greece since 2015.
It has set up two day centres, one in Leros and one in Athens, offering a range of classes, activities, and events for adult refugees.
These community centres are built to facilitate the integration of refugees in Greece and in other European countries. They also acts as a convivial space to learn and interact with committed volunteers and the local community.
For example in Leros, the center runs more than 20 different classes/activities per week with the help of 6 local teachers, 10-12 international volunteers and 6-8 refugee volunteers.
About 700 refugees are registered there and on average, about 200 people attend classes or activities every day.
The centre in Leros is still closed with language classes and other activities offered on line. The Athens center has reopened in June with limited capacity. Echo100Plus continues to be very active in Leros with volunteers and staff on the ground. To name a few initiatives since the beginning of the crisis: access to water has been improved next to the Hotspot, sanitary products, protective gloves, hand sanitisers have been distributed to the refugees as well as to the Police, doctors and cleaning staff entering the premises of the Hotspot.
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Help refugees to continue their education
MigrENS is a French non for profit organisation created in 2015 by students from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris. They help refugees to resume their academic studies in France.
Every year, about 35 refugees are invited by MigrENS to attend French classes at ENS, join a student community and prepare for French language exams to apply to university.
Refugee students are taught french 10 hours per week by trained students. They also receive personal and academic support, are welcome to join some ENS classes (IT, English..) and use its facilities. They participate in cultural and artistic activities inside and outside the school in order to immerse themselves in the French society. In creating a welcoming environment, MigrENS helps refugees to get their lives back with dignity.
Despite the closure of the École Normale supérieur mid March, French classes are continuing online. Students refugees have access to French lessons (20 hours a week) on Zoom and an hour and half of individual or small group French conversation per week. This will allow them to prepare for the end of the year French exams. The charity continues to provide support and guidance during this difficult time.
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Supporting migrants and refugees in Europe
How do we work
Raise awareness and act
Relay for Refugees was founded in 2016 by a group of volunteers dedicated to helping refugees mostly in Europe. Our aim is to address the most urgent needs and fund education programs, sporting or cultural initiatives. We identify a small number of reliable, efficient and dedicated non-for-profit organisations which work with refugees. We raise funds and awareness to support them and get directly involved where needed.
To optimise the scope of our action in Greece, we collaborate with our partners on the ground and our team provides operational support and advice. Our work has impacted hundreds of refugees in Greece and France. Men and women who find new, considerate communities which can help rebuild their lives. Men and women who can study again and hope for a better future.
Coronavirus Update: We are very proud to see that our partners have immediately taken security measures and adapted their teaching to the new situation by creating online platforms for their students. Both Migrens and Echo100plus continue their mission in this challenging time.