More than 60.000 people are stuck in Greece. They have escaped the war and misery in their countries and can’t continue further into Europe because the borders are closed.
The need of physical and emotional healing is apparent within the refugee communities. But at the same time, these families are in critical need of a roof over their heads, basic sanitation facilities and classrooms that help provide children with a safe environment and education for months, years to come.
Together with The World Wide Tribe, 109 World will travel to Greece with a group of volunteers to offer activities to help members of the community conduct a healthier life as well as to acquire skills – at all levels – that they need to rebuild their lives. The community space where we will be active provides a safer space to learn and most importantly, for children to express themselves in these extremely challenging times. Please watch this video to learn more about the camp in Oinofyta where we will be going June 9-14.
JOIN US ON OUR QUEST TO HELP MAKE THE WORLD MORE HUMAN
In the capacity of influencer, empowering non-profit and awareness boosting capabilities, 109 World is partnering with The World Wide Tribe to ensure effective action is carried out in response to the need of improving living conditions and security in the camps in Greece, particularly for children.
Joining this trip is a life-changing journey not only for you, but for all the lives you will be able to improve thanks to your presence. At 109 World we believe you can only fully grasp the occurring refugee crisis and understand what needs to be done if you actually experience the connection with people behind the headlines, learn about their stories and see the situation they are in. This is what we would like to offer together with The World Wide Tribe. We want you to come, experience, spread the word and become an ambassador for change. In dire situations we need to feel that people stand behind us, that there are people that understand our situation and some even willing to lend a supportive hand. This is what we would like to give the people living on the run and undergoing tremendous traumatic experiences.
Through joining this trip we will be able raise a considerable amount of funding for the operations of The World Wide Tribe, in Greece and around Europe where the need is equally pressing.
The six days spent with us in Chalkida, Greece, are a blend of yoga, cultural experiences to explore the country we are in and hands-on work together with the refugees staying in the camp in Oinofyta located 20 minutes away.
Our days will be spent with The World Wide Tribe and Armando Aid. This project works alongside refugees from Oinofyta to create a space for everyone where they can start to rebuild the community. Together with the refugee community of Oinofyta, we will enjoy lunches and engage in different activities that aim to give people on the run for their lives a purpose and a feeling of belonging. Example activities are:
– Sorting donations: the non-profit organizations working on the ground receives a lot of in-kind donations which has to be sorted and distributed in a fair and timely way.
– Painting a mural: living in old warehouses and old tents does not inspire well-being, happiness or creativity, it is important we create a warm environment to ease the hardships even just a tiny bit.
– Helping with the garden: a garden provides both nutrition and a beautiful time passing activity for the residents of the camp.
– Putting up shade covers to prepare the camp / school for the summer: while winters are very cold, summers get extremely hot. When we are there in June summer heat is fast approaching and we need to get prepared.
– Painting the classrooms: again, a joyful environment might not guarantee your safety but it will give you a more positive memory and state of mind.
– Teaching yoga to the volunteers and / or the residents of the camp: working and living in the camps is hard and physical treatments are scarce – let’s do what we can to help.
According to the UN Refugee Agency, the arrivals by sea in 2015 to Greece were more than 856,723 and from January 1st of 2016 to November 17th of 2016 the arrivals by sea totaled 171,284. The top nationalities are from Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Iran. From these +1 million refugees, 37% are children.
Reception and identification centers (RIC) on the Aegean islands in Greece continue to face serious challenges with capacity and shelter allocation for those already present on the islands in addition to new arrivals. On the evening of November 9th, 2016 heavy rainfall on the island of Samos affected 1,000 people accommodated at Vathy RIC. With a maximum official capacity of 850, Vathy RIC is dangerously over-strained with 2,000 presently hosted there. Almost half of the residents are living in small camping tents outdoors, with limited access to adequate facilities such as toilets and showers, leaving them exposed to protection and safety risks. Those staying in tents experienced the most loss, when their tents were flooded during the rains leaving them without shelter and with their personal belongings damaged or lost.
What happened to the 1,000 refugees in Vathy is jut one example of many and happens to all the other 1 million refugees living in similar highly critical situation in Greece.
The World Wide Tribe uses creative storytelling to bring a personal, human perspective to pressing issues that people still remain rather unaware of, while investing in grassroots projects that make a direct difference in the lives of those in need. They have been developing projects geared to supplement and support the needs among refugee communities and are constantly on the lookout for charitable groups with influence to help them with their initiative in Greece and throughout Europe. Currently they are running entirely on goodwill of volunteers. Partnering with 109 World means being able to spread the word about their work and raise awareness within other communities around the world, gaining access to a team that can help them implement a chosen project successfully as well as to valuable funding for continued and improved refugee support.
109 World has therefore set out to organize a campaign aimed to spread awareness about the ongoing refugee crisis, what people can do to help and fundraise for their cause. The campaign peaks with a mission trip bringing 30 participants, working hands on with the project for six days.
We will be staying in a town outside of Athens called Chalkida, Greece. We will reside at Hotel Lucy, located right by the coast of Chalkida, in the larger area of Euripus.
We will enjoy our breakfasts and dinners at the hotel, sleep comfortably in shared rooms and enjoy our yoga classes together every day. Chalkida is the perfect little town to retreat after long days of intense experiences and emotions.
Cost of trip includes:
- Lodging 5 nights, 6 days
- Meal plan from dinner on the 9th to lunch on the 14th (OBS – mainly vegetarian)
- Ground transportation
- Daily yoga
- All other included program activities
- All material needed for our work at the camp
- Grant donation of US$ 20,000 to our non-profit partner ‘The World Wide Tribe’ to support their operations in refugee camps in Greece
Does not include:
- Alcoholic beverages
*You will be flying in to Athens International Airport (AIA) where pick-up and ground transportation will be provided.
CANCELLATION AND PAYMENT POLICY
We collect a 20% deposit to reserve your spot. This deposit is non-refundable or transferable.
Participants can be refunded (minus the deposit) if participant cancels more than 30 days prior to the start date of the trip. After that, the payment cannot be refunded or transferred.
Full payment is due April 20th, 2017
With us on this amazing trip to lead our daily yoga and connect us to the cause and each other, we are proud to have Stephanie Birch. If you don’t already know her through her amazing pictures and poetic captions, here’s a little more about Stephanie:
“I came for the sweat and found a way of life. I was a long-time athlete looking for a challenge and I was hooked from my very first yoga class. It would be years later that I connected with the practice on a deeper level, after my son was born, igniting my life’s purpose, to teach and hold space for others through breath in motion. The practice of yoga is simple, be yourself. I believe that showing up for yourself is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and, in turn, to the world around.
In my everyday life, I’m a play-at-home mama, yoga teacher, life photographer, writer, artist, dark chocolate lover, and a life well-lived. You can find me on my mat teaching with a wide-open heart in Sacramento, CA and online at www.oneOeight.com.”