Hunger aid and education
After years of war, people’s supplies are exhausted. The conditions are unimaginable, and help is urgently needed.
Refugees receive temporary survival aid and protection and encouragement to hope.
The project centre in Athens ...
A Syrian father we picked up from the street, late in the evening in the middle of Athens. Immediately afterwards he got a room for himself and the children, as well as food and new clothes. After a few weeks he moved on to Germany.
Material survival aid
Two years ago, we were still working closely in Greece with the port authorities, who regularly asked us for assistance with the initial care of new arrivals. In our contact point AVC Hellas, we provide refugees and migrants - mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iran - with meals and the most basic necessities. This includes, for example, aid bags with hygiene articles, clothes, shoes and blankets. Two to three times a week in the heart of Athens, there is food for up to 250 adults and 50-80 children in our refugee centre.
In addition, every second week a team travels about an hour outside Athens to two refugee camps, neglected by the state. About 500 Kurds from Syria, Turkey, Northern Iraq and Iran live there from hand to mouth. Without the help of AVC and some sporadically appearing small NGO's the people in these camps could hardly survive.
Integration and Reintegration
In addition to food distribution and clothing distribution, assistance in Greece also includes psychological care and trauma management, medical and dental treatment, sewing and language courses, as well as Saturday children's programmes. The various offered courses convey the basics and new perspectives: Sewing courses enable women to earn a future income, language courses facilitate understanding and integration, computer courses lay a modest foundation for possible integration into the world of work and crochet courses pass the time.
AVC humanitarian aid has already carried out several transports of aid to Greece for the benefit of refugees and migrants. Besides clothes, blankets, beds and towels, we sent an industrial kitchen to a Yazidi camp about an hour outside of Thessaloniki, in order to facilitate the nutrition of the refugees.
For more than six years now, AVC, together with countless volunteers, has taken care of thousands of migrants.
Infrastructure per year
Current operating costs incl. wages (4 100% positions)
CHF 13‘225 per month | CHF 158'700 per year
3 aid transports at CHF 3'500 each
Own centre with meeting room, several rooms for migrants and volunteers, kitchen and storage room.
Total project costs 2021