Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers

by Soup and Socks e.V.
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Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers
Creating Dignified Lives for 1.000+ Asylum Seekers

Summary

Habibi.Works is a free-to-use, community-organized maker space bringing together asylum-seekers, international makers, and Greek locals to share knowledge, skills, and experiences. Situated just 300 meters across from the Katsikas refugee camp, the 11 different working areas, ranging from carpentry and bike repair work to IT learning and music production, center the needs of individuals, working at eye level with them to create a space where freedom, potential, and agency can be restored.

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$28,354
remaining
185
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12
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1
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Challenge

People seeking asylum in Greece face waits of several years, without access to dignified living conditions, education, employment or psychological support. Roughly 3000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in the Epirus region; 1000 of them across the road from Habibi.Works. Today, residents of Katsikas camp are enclosed by a 3-metre wall and scrutinized by security; treated like prisoners despite having committed no crime. Individual freedom and personal autonomy are completely stifled.

Solution

Since 2016, Habibi.Works has provided a space of empowerment, education, and community. As the primary actor supporting the residents of Katsikas camp, we offer access to tools, materials and expert guidance in 11 working areas free of charge, recognizing the multitude of short comings and gaps in the Greek asylum system. With values centered on transparency and radical inclusion, many spaces are led by members of the refugee community, who know best how to meet their own needs.

Long-Term Impact

Individuals participating in our space have attested to feelings of self-empowerment, increased self-confidence, more balanced mental health, and optimism about their future. Individual agency and creativity have a safe space to thrive. Integration into Greek society is facilitated through positive social encounters and empowered individuals. Habibi.Works provides counternarratives to the limiting view on refugees and asylum-seekers, celebrating the resilience and potential of individuals.

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Organization Information

Soup and Socks e.V.

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @SoupAndSocks
Project Leader:
Marina Burke Ruiz
Ioannina , Greece
$31,646 raised of $60,000 goal
 
315 donations
$28,354 to go
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