The Khora project in Athens is an impressive facility. Spread over 8 floors, this drop in centre is run as a co operative foundation offering a whole host of facilities and services for refugees in the city.
On offer here there is 1. a “boutique” where refugees can visit, choose and try on clothes. 2. a workshop where woodwork and other DIY jobs are carried out to provide for the centre and some of the nearby squats. 3. a kitchen where 100-300 meals are served a day in a café style room with table service offering refugees a dignified approach, there are also films screened in this space. 4. a music classroom, a computer room and other classrooms where various language lessons are held. 5. a fully functional dentists room, and office for the NGO Advocates Abroad who offer free legal advice to assist in the asylum process. 6. a women’s room, and a children’s playroom. 7. and an information centre.
Projects we are sponsoring at the Khora
The rooftop of the Khora is being transformed into an urban garden project which we are sponsoring, where the space will be used to grow edible ingredients for use in the centres cooking project. Overseen by The Khora team, the project will involve and empower refugees and utilise their skills to ensure its success.
We are also sponsoring an information map project initiated by the Khora team. Within Athens there are a number of services that can improve and support the lives of refugees. The aim of this project is to help direct people to get the support they need in an efficient way. Just outside of Athens there are thousands of refugees living in camps which have little contact with the outside world, and there is very little information about services or refugee rights. This project will support information points in Arabic, English, Farsi and Urdu on relevant matters to keep people informed. This also helps spread the word about the Khora, so that the people know there is a community centre they can visit, that will not only welcome them with food, education and clothing but can also assist them with casework.