After five years in Greece, we are at a turning point. With mounting needs on the mainland, we are expanding the ways we support refugees at various steps of their journeys. In December 2020, we launched a new streetwork project to support the needs of refugees and asylum seekers experiencing homelessness in Athens. We are also psychosocial support to refugees in Ritsona Camp, as they face increased stress and isolation. Help us bring dignified support to people in this time of heightened need.
COVID-19 has worsened conditions for 120,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Greece, waiting in limbo for their asylum claims, with little access to services or formal education. In Ritsona Camp, residents are facing increased stress and isolation. Meanwhile, thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Athens are struggling to access housing and basic needs. An urgent situation is unfolding on the streets of Athens, and we need to make sure no one is left behind.
In December 2020, we launched our new Emergency Response project in Athens, deploying a skilled streetwork team to offer immediate support, essential items, and information to refugees struggling with homelessness. In Ritsona Camp, we have adapted our safe spaces to respond to the changing needs, providing targeted psychosocial support for young people, while enriching their futures through skills-building. We need your help to provide urgent and impactful support shaped by the people we serve.
LHR works to foster a humane, supportive environment where refugees can access opportunities and hope for the future. Our Streetwork Pilot Project supports their integration, assisting them in obtaining vital information, while offering immediate aid. Our psychosocial support programmes equip them with tools for their wellbeing and personal development. These projects will enhance overall integration and social cohesion while ensuring that our support is accountable and culturally sensitive.