THALASSA OF SOLIDARITY is inviting you to our new courses for the period January – June2022:
– Sewing , basic skills
– English language
– Greek language
– Computer literacy
Courses are free, given by volunteers and available to locals, refugees and migrants and all persons facing any kind of social exclusion (unemployment, financial difficulties, single-parent families, lgtbqi+, etc).As places are limited*, please express your interest starting this Monday 10th of January until Friday 21st by:
sending message to our FB page: @ThalassaSolidarity
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
visiting our laboratory every Tuesday and Thursday, from 9:30 to 14:00 hrs. Saturday 16:00 – 18:00 hrs (1770 str., no 34, Heraklion city center).
Volunteers needed for the creative integration courses at Thalassa of Solidarity starting in January and throughout 2022!
Our free courses:
* English Language
* Greek Language
* Computer Literacy
Put your knowledge into practice and support our solidarity courses for refugees, migrants and locals facing social exclusion, in Heraklion, Crete!
From Tuesday 7 of September we start
the courses at the sewing laboratory!
The places at the 2 running groups
are already covered from the previous period, when COVID-19 measures didn’t
allow us to complete the learning cycle.
Registration is also open for those
interested to join new small groups of English language for adults! No previous
knowledge of English is required!
Courses are free and available to
locals, refugees and migrants and all persons facing any kind of social
exclusion (unemployment, financial difficulties, single-parent families,
As places are limited, please
express your interest with an mail message (email@example.com), by
phone (2810 223464) or by visiting our laboratory every Tuesday and Thursday,
from 9:30 to 14:00 hrs. (1770 str., no 34, Heraklion city center).
The operation of our laboratory is
based exclusively on solidarity actions, mutual aid and your support!
How you can help:
* Volunteer your time, skills and
expertise to the courses!
* Donate equipment, hardware and
consumable for the sewing lab and the other courses:
– Professional and household sewing
– Fabrics, zippers, threads, needles
for home sewing machines, scissors, pins, tape measures, pillow feelings and any
sewing article that can be used in the courses
-Stationery and school items for the
use of our students
* Donate the amount you wish to
cover our running costs to the following bank account:
We have concluded yet another distribution
round of food and other essential items to the 27 households we are supporting
Most of those items for this 3rd
round were acquired with the support of
Choose Love and from solidarity donations from
The key for us is not only to share
some goods, but mainly to communicate with fellow human beings, exchange of our
latest news, the handshakes and the hugs, the food they will share with us, the
tea they will treat us to.
Despite the difficulties of all of us,
every day we can build relationships of practical solidarity and meaningful
We have completed on last Saturday the second cycle of distribution of basic food and hygiene kits to 25 households mainly our students. This was made possible with the help of the Choose Love team and many of you with the contribution of products, time and solidarity!
Through our daily contact with families of refugees and migrants, but also individuals, we discover once again that the asylum process, the generalized deterrence policies and "integration" through well-publicized “charity” programs, only bring more stress and misery to the people we meet, adults and especially minors, impacting their mental health.
The situation is no better for people who have already been recognized as refugees. Every day we receive new requests for help from individuals, families, organizations and even authorities. Every day we are asked for legal support, information, escort to hospitals and services, baby milk, food and items of daily use. Something that, as they witnessing to us and from our own observations, is not actually provided by the competent institutions and authorities.
We are all judged by the result.
Keeping hundreds of people in insecurity, unemployment, only in the poorest sections of society, without real information, accompaniment, language and vocational training programs, shows that there is no plan or political will.
Here at Thalassa of Solidarity, with our given capabilities and the support of all of you, we believe in practical solidarity and mutual aid, without having any financial support from state and international agencies.
And we continue our fight together!
If we were to ask the refugees in our city today what “World Refugees Day” means, they would answer, uncertainty, lack of information and opportunities, unemployment and precarious housing, which further adds to the traumatic experiences they already carry from the place they left and the long journey of the refugee.
Unfortunately, every day is the day of
the refugee, woman, man, child.
They are not invisible, they live in
our neighborhoods, the children are in our schools, they participate in a
society like all of us.
With impoverishment, unemployment,
indifference and the “lack” of resources, political will and fear of
the Other, the Different.
On such a day, and every day, let us make ourselves visible.
Let’s start by say good morning in our neighborhood, in our schools, in our workplaces to all these people who have come here seeking asylum and protection, because they have left their homes and neighborhoods, out of fear, persecution, misery, poverty, lack of access to basic rights.
Ans let’s struggle with them for a better, participatory, colorful, fair society.
Two years ago, a need blossomed an idea and Thalassa of Solidarity became a reality! Despite the adversities, we have created a community of people who live, learn, share and dream together!
Preparing for the resumption of our classes, this weekend we completed a round of support to the families of our trainees –and to homeless refugees- by distributing food and NFI kits, with the contribution of the Choose Love team.
What we encounter every time is a reality that as a society we must not tolerate. But we met hope and many smiles!
We thank Rena, Naya, Petra, Antonis, Nikos, Christophoros, Magda, Katerina, Ahmed, Amin, Ben, Andreas, Christina, Anne, Cyril, the organisations Choose Love, Refugee 4 Refugees, Doctors withour Borders and all those who helped with this action!