“The Heritage of Idomeni: Europe's Forgotten Souls“ trivago Academy @ Life at trivago, Düsseldorf [2. August]

“The Heritage of Idomeni: Europe's Forgotten Souls“ trivago Academy

18:00 - 19:30

Life at trivago
D – 40474 Düsseldorf Düsseldorf
Do something different. Change the world a little bit.

Almost forgotten by the media world there are still tens of thousands of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and other countries living in Greece and it's islands without any concrete prospect – more than one year after the evacuation of Idomeni.

At first sight – depending on the location – their situation has improved significantly: less camps, more apartments, community centers with attractive offers, and a very well functioning network of volunteers.

Although, many problems have remained: lack of prospects, disappointment, and a long-term process, due to recent political decisions, which additionally puts their lifes under pressure. Not to mention the 150 daily new arrivals on the Greek islands, regular supply bottlenecks, and insufficient psychological and social guidance.

Sven Weiss from Düsseldorf, founder of the project “Helping Hands 4 Greece“ has been working as a volunteer in Thessaloniki since April and will be talking – besides the idea for his initiative – mainly about the current situation of refugees in Northern Greece. He will tell about his daily life as a refugee supporter and coordinator. About the successes and specific projects that he could implement to a great part with the help of TRIVAGO, but also about the many sad individual fates that together will lead to a whole generation of lost souls.

— About „Helping Hands 4 Greece“ / About Sven Weiss

«Do something different. Change the world a little bit. Do something meaningful. But how? And when? And where? And actually I cannot really....YES YOU CAN! This is what I, Sven from Duesseldorf, told myself before the end of 2016. So I decided to stop just talking, but to start acting instead and go to Greece. Even though both helpfulness and donations were overwhelming, there are still many things missing: a well-organised infrastructure, permanently life-enhancing procedures and future perspectives. Only slowly refugees from Syria and Iraq are being “transferred“ to other European countries. The task is to prepare them for precisely this life. And for the others who can't go either forward nor backwords we need to develop positive prospects for their lives in Greece.

After 2 years of intensive voluntary activities in the refugee work in my hometown Duesseldorf I took one year off from my main job at a media company. With the help of all my friends I have founded the (private) initiative „Helping Hands 4 Greece — bringing ideas to life“ with the aim of improving the situation for refugees by effectively employing volunteers in Greece.

Unlike other organisations my project „Helping Hands 4 Greece“ will be based on my personal efforts and those of the other volunteers. We will detect problems on-site and work together to find suitable solutions which we will implement successfully and in a goal-oriented manner, and above all continuously and future-oriented. To achieve this, we will use both our manpower and our individual skills.»

Additional information can be found under facebook.com/helpinghands4greece/ and in my blog helpinghands4greece.wordpress.com/.
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