On the Greek island of Samos where 4500 refugees are stranded in a deplorable camp, PILA, in partnership with Action for Education, opened the doors to our second Greek Nest. Here children and their families can find respite from the chaos and indignities of camp life. Here they can do what all children have the right to do - to play, to form healthy relationships and to explore a room that is engaging, clean and safe. From the maker space to the art area, to dramatic play, to our famous Kodo MagWall, the room is designed to spark curiosity, creativity and joy - and it does!
Open to Greek citizens as well as refugees, our hope is to bring communities together, and to ease the tensions that understandably exist as newcomers and local citizens share a small, under-resourced island. The Nest is a place where neighbors, regardless of whether they are Greek families living in houses or refugees living in tents, can play together while their parents share a pot of tea. As one Greek mother said as she reflected on a photo of her child playing in the Nest with a refugee volunteer, “This is what I want for my child - to know his neighbors, all of them.”
Volunteer Nesters needed. Read on.
Information Nesters should know:
PILA provides an online orientation for all Nesters prior to their trip.
The hours are long and the psychological demands can be high. Action for Education provides support and training throughout the process.
Volunteers are responsible for funding their own trip.
Action for Education provides shared housing for long-term volunteers (six weeks or more).