Here is our latest news from our Heal Syrian Refugee Children Through Photography project!
Τhe camp is no longer accessible due to change of government policy which has revised all permits of entry for the remaining NGO’s in the government run refugee camps.
All workshops are now held at civilian meeting points catering for refugee families, located in 3 different locations in the center of Athens and greater Attica.
The sessions have been a combination of life skills such as “independent use of means of transport” as to how to reach the meeting venue, widening the audience with more refugee families and children who now live in subsidized apartments, aiming to obtain a stronger sense of community, with classes who have mixed audience (in and out of camp).
Our photographer has discussed with them whether it would be advisable to complete this round of workshops now at the end of February, and keep a single class with the elder students that have a number of photography tasks to fulfill.
We are also discussing with the parents, if they would like to take a break, as admittedly the weather conditions have been overall challenging and moving from one place to another and especially coming from the camp area which is almost 40km outside Athens, has put a lot of strain on them.
The general consensus was to take a small break for the month of March until the weather conditions would be significantly better and kick back the classes as of April. We already discussed how we could possibly have a fixed outing per week to boost morale and trigger more interest with some out of the city day trips. We have obtained a positive reaction from all concerned and now need to sort out logistics and safety.
Our new stream of helping volunteers will play a key part at the next stage, the video/filming has provided a nice enrichment for the elder students and we are proud of their strong will to pursue with the alternate photo/video shooting.