Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos

by Starfish Foundation
Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos
Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos
Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos
Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos
Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos
Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos
Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos
Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos
Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos
Support a Library To Empower Refugees On Lesvos

Summary

We are providing a multilingual library for people living in the refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. Our library is also available to refugees and locals living in Mytilene, but a strong focus is reaching camp residents. There is little to no access to education for many of those living in the camp, one-third of whom are children. We aim to address this by offering our library - a wide selection of fiction, storybooks and learning resources - to all the residents of the camp.

$20,000
total goal
$8,475
remaining
83
donors
1
monthly donor
6
months

Challenge

Over 20 countries are represented in the camp's population, and due to this diverse setting, there are also many different languages spoken: the most common ones being Persian (Farsi), French, Arabic, Somali, and English. This makes it necessary to have a multilingual library that embraces all these languages and all the necessary resources to bring it to the camp.

Solution

All of our books are catalogued on an online library website. Residents of Lesvos can place their orders via the website and either pick them up in Mytilene or we will deliver them to the camp the following day. We have a library stand in the camp where we assist residents in ordering books and understanding how the library system works. We also bring a selection of books to the camp so people can see a sample of what we have and take some of them if they want to.

Long-Term Impact

The library addresses a significant gap in educational and recreational access for the approximately 4000 people living in the RIC Lesvos refugee camp, while also serving the local community on Lesvos. By providing literature, educational and skill-building resources, we aim to promote the long term educational and social wellbeing of the refugee and the local community alike.

Resources

Organization Information

Starfish Foundation

Location: Mythimna, Lesvos - Greece
Website:
Project Leader:
Melinda McRostie
Mytilene, Lesvos Greece
$11,525 raised of $20,000 goal
 
105 donations
$8,475 to go
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