Sep 20, 2021

Another success!

Just last week a Starfish community volunteer made a donation of 26 books to the library. He had collected the books that belonged to his neighbours inside the camp and his family, in order to donate them to the library so they could be used by others.  "I am doing this donation to make these books useful" were his words when he gave them to us.

It is because of him, people like you and many more beautiful stories that keep happening with this project that is helping us to being able to continue and improve it.

During the “LittlebyLittle” campaign on GlobalGiving fundraising, our community of supporters surprised us again. It has been a huge success and we are eternally grateful for the support we have received; your donations have been matched!  Which doubled the amount donated. Thank you very much!

These contributions will help us improve the conditions of the library in the camp and continue to help our community volunteers in the library. The support will also go towards buying more of the books that are being requested by the camp residents that we don't have at the moment. E.g. dictionaries, Farsi and Somali books. And very importantly this helps us to maintain and improve our reading hour’s project!

Thank you very much from all the Starfish team from Lesvos.

Aug 13, 2021

Reading hours begin in the RIC Lesvos camp!

As an extension of our library project we recently started “reading hours” with children residing in the RIC Lesvos camp.

These storytelling sessions happen twice a week, and under the shade of our gazebo, children can switch off for a moment and listen to someone read tales and story books in their own language, or they can use the time to simply relax on the cushions provided. 

This week, the sessions have been held in Farsi and French, and some of the resident volunteers who work on our #SafeHands project kindly read aloud to everyone; Elnaz, a wonderful volunteer who works at Station 3 of our #SafeHands project read “The Man and the Fox” to the Farsi speaking children, who all started doing impersonations of the animals featured in the book. It has been brilliant to see each child interacting with the books: making up their own stories, reading along, and reenacting different parts of the tales with their friends.

Additionally, each session has seen new faces appear, with children telling their friends about it or bringing family members along to join in the fun. If you, or someone you know residing in the RIC Lesvos camp, are interested in bringing their children along, the reading hours happen on Tuesday and Thursday each week, starting at 3.00PM. 

With the increased demand for books, we are currently looking to receive Somali books for children and adults, more Farsi books for adults, and German language learning books. If you, or someone you know, can support with this- we would be grateful to discuss it further with you. You can reach us via email at

As always, we extended a sincere thank you to you all for following along with our library on Lesvos. The support we receive from you, alongside different organisations and partners makes it all possible. Thank you.

Jul 16, 2021

Donation Matched!

After a mini sanitiser spill in our library box, our volunteers created a way to dry AND read the books at the same time (pictured). We loved it.

We wanted to reach out as, on Wednesday, we noted that donations to our library were being matched for a short period of time via the GlobalGiving July Bonus Day campaign. Your response was as generous as ever.

Your contributions will go towards buying new books, they will be used to purchase items such as phone cards and food vouchers for the resident volunteers who work at our library, and they will ensure that the project continues in the months to come.

In light of this, we wanted to send a big, big thank you to you all for your support: your contributions will mean that we can reach more people on Lesvos with books, educational materials and games.

Thank you, thank you from all of the Starfish team on Lesvos.

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