New Project- Hope Cafe

Denise and myself recently self funded a trip to Athens to see the projects that we are supporting. We had heard a lot about a fairly new project called Hope Cafe so also arranged a visit to see it and meet the lady behind the initiative. 

When we arrived, the building was buzzing as refugees were arriving to receive aid parcels.  A shopping trolley turned up full of hygiene items which a volunteer had bought. We met Kerrie who had set up the project. She explained how they give out food parcels to refugees as well as other aid such as clothing and baby items. 

We were really moved with Kerrie’s passion, as she talked about her aims and objectives and the progress that they had made. It was amazing to see just many people Hope Cafe has been reaching and it’s potential. 

After talking about how ASN can help- we have come up with a plan which you can read about on the following link. Please continue to support us as with your help- we can continue to make a difference to people’s lives.

Considered volunteering? Your help is needed! 

There are now an estimated 66,000 refugees stuck in limbo in Greece. Volunteers are still plugging the gaps in care in many cases. As the news of the crisis has fallen out of our headlines, so has the general awareness of the ongoing dire situation. Volunteers are still very much needed, and we’ve updated our volunteer page with some more recommended placements. Volunteering with these people is such a rewarding experience. If you have some time to spare and want to get involved check out;

Volunteer – Aegean Solidarity Network Team UK


What have we been up to in Leros?

Our collaboration with ECHO100Plus continues, and we continue to fund the hygiene kit program for the residents of Pikpa. We have continued to fund this program for sometime now and it’s success is ongoing with the kits being well received by the residents of Pikpa and Villa Artemis.  It was lovely to have just received this message from the ECHO100Plus Co-ordinators;

“Thanks to ASN Team UK, Echo volunteers are able to purchase a variety of hygienic products (shampoo, washing powder, toothbrush and toothpaste, baby shampoo, for adults and children, sanitary napkins etc.) for the Pikpa and Villa residents. This is a costly project considering we are covering over 120 people on a two weekly basis. No need to emphasize the importance of this donation to the wellbeing of residents. We are extremely grateful for this reliable and ongoing support since many months and for the trust in our team to handle these funds to our best knowledge. With lots of THANK YOUS and warmest wishes Catharina, Gabi, Belli and all Echos.
Since photography at Pikpa and Villa is not allowed, this is all we can provide you with – yesterday’s shopping…”

We also recently funded an e-beam projector for The Hub in Leros. This centre is run by ECHO100Plus and provides education and a space for learning for the refugee community on Leros as well as disadvantaged local people. The e-beam projector provides an interactive whiteboard which complements the learning of students.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Chris Mitchell, he was able to purchase a number of ukuleles which he took to Leros. Chris led music lessons over a 3 week period and passed on his talents to the refugees there. We hope that the ukuleles purchased will continue to provide enrichment for the lives of the people trapped in limbo on the island.

We need your continued support to continue changing lives. If you can, please donate and gift aid your donation to make it go even further 

Thank you.