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Empower Refugees To Build A New Life In Athens

by We Need Books Vetted since 2018 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Empower Refugees To Build A New Life In Athens

Summary

We Need Books was founded in 2016 in response to the overwhelming refugee crisis. We have provided refugees in camps and shelters with hundreds of books in their native languages. This project will contribute to funding Athens' first multilingual library, which will also serve as an inclusive community center. It will provide the more than 400,000 refugees and migrants in Athens with access to educational resources, vocational training and networking opportunities.

$60,000
total goal
$51,609
remaining
70
donors
2
monthly donors
6
months

Challenge

Greece is in its 8th year of the economic crisis and has the highest unemployment rate in the EU. Despite not being a desirable destination for refugees, due to the lack of employment opportunities,Greece received 58,661 applications for asylum in 2017 alone. The vast majority of refugees in Athens don't know the Greek language, have very limited employment opportunities and are struggling to find a community and sense of purpose in their new home.

Solution

With the funding from his project, we will be able to purchase the building for our multicultural library, which will provide refugees in Athens with language, education and career development training. The more than 10,000 books we've collected in over 10 languages will keep the connection to maternal languages alive, while also fostering social inclusion and community. The programming is also being structured to offer paid work to those who finish the training courses provided.

Long-Term Impact

This project will empower the most marginalized and vulnerable members of society in Athens by providing them with the skills, resources, and personal connections to help them survive and thrive in their new home. We Need Books is committed to bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to celebrate individual differences while fostering recognition of our shared human experience, creating a more inclusive community in the heart of Athens.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​weneedbooks.org

Organization Information

We Need Books

Location: Athens, Attica - Greece
Website: https:/​/​weneedbooks.org
Project Leader:
Ioanna Nisyriou
Athens, Attica Greece
$8,391 raised of $60,000 goal
 
82 donations
$51,609 to go
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