Greece | Safe haven

Safe haven

Greece / Crisis & war zones

It is up to the authorities to decide who is entitled to come to Europe. It is our concern to provide temporary protection and humanity to the homeless stranded in Greece until a possible return to their home countries: Through material survival aid and temporary shelter for those especially in need of protection.

Safe haven

Initial situation and challenges

Geographically, a central transit route of refugees and migrants leads through Greece. Thousands of desperate people are stranded in a sobering reality, hoping for a better life in Greece: disregard for rights, racist attacks, homelessness, human trafficking, rape. State structures are limited and the most necessary are lacking. Refugee children without parents are particularly at risk.

  • Important facts
    • Capital
    • Athens
    • Area
    • 131 957 km2
    • Inhabitants
    • 10,7 millions
    • Life expectancy
    • 80,7 years
    • Child mortality rate
    • 4,6 (per 1000)
    • Literacy
    • 97,7%
    • Religion
    • 98% Greek Orthodox
    • 1,3% Muslims
    • 0,7% Others
  • Capital
  • Athens
  • Area
  • 131 957 km2
  • Inhabitants
  • 10,7 millions
  • Life expectancy
  • 80,7 years
  • Child mortality rate
  • 4,6 (per 1000)
  • Literacy
  • 97,7%
  • Religion
  • 98% Greek Orthodox
  • 1,3% Muslims
  • 0,7% Others

Aims

Women and children find protection against assaults, human trafficking and sexual violence.

AVC humanitarian aid...

  • offers transitional housing as safe accommodation for particularly vulnerable persons (especially women and children)

"I could have lived with strange men. Despite the cold I preferred to sleep in the park. The fear of sexual assault was too great. I feel safe here with you!"

Mirella (name changed)

Commitment

Temporary homes

Transitional housing is rented or purchased from the refugee centre to provide shelter and security for vulnerable people until their asylum status and near future are clarified. For example, a woman from Afghanistan: She has rejected the dubious offer of some men to live with them and has so far preferred to live hidden in a park with her two small children - out of justified fear of human trafficking or abuse of herself and her children.

For the weakest

Many refugee orphans without parents have also landed in Greece. Such children between the ages of 4 and 11 are easy prey for pedophiles and human traffickers, a kind of fair game - they disappear, nobody notices. 

Mitra, the sister of our director Parisa D., has moved from London to Athens and is taking care of the families, who had recently lived in parks, in our newly acquired house with much love and patience.

Financing needs

Expenses

Infrastructure 2 room apartment (CHF 34'000)

financed

Shelter for 4 families (CHF 167'000, 1/3 financed)

CHF 111'300

Current operating costs incl. wages

CHF 3'805 per month | CHF 45'660 per year

Necessary purchases

Children's bunk bed

CHF 300 per bed | CHF 3'000 for 10 beds

Welcome extras

Toys for children, enabling a visit to the zoo or a trip to the sea

CHF 1'400

Total 2021

Total project costs 2021

CHF 161'360

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