Bi-monthly Activity Report

The team of Thalassa of Solidarity concluded in the month of December the creative integration courses in our social lab (sewing, computer literacy, English and Greek language courses) for 42 asylum seekers and refugees and we have started in January new courses for 50 new and old students!

We have continued the distributions -of more than 2 tons monthly- of food and hygiene kits for more than 30 households (more than 140 individuals) along with other in-kind support. For the holiday season we have also distributed gifts and extra support to the children families of our students. We have also sent much needed items to the residents of the earthquake hit areas in our region.

We have provided information, accompaniment and counseling to more than 30 persons for their legal, asylum, administrative and access to health issues and challenges.

All the above become possible with the contribution of more than 20 volunteers -some members of the migrant community itself-, with the individual in-kind and financial donations and the generous support of the team of Choose Love that have provided us with the grant to sustain our activities and distributions.

We would like also to thank Αντικρουστοί for their excellent street performance for our cause, Humanity Now: Direct Refugee Relief that help us to buy goods for our distributions, Cosmos Sport for their donation of athletic shoes and clothing, and Γιατροί Χωρίς Σύνορα (MSF) for the donation of masks and disinfectants we use in our courses and distributions.

We currently started to prepare a “survival map” for access to social and humanitarian services in our city funded by the Active citizens fund Greece operated in Greece by @Bodosakis Foundation and SolidarityNow.

The needs of refugees in our city are many as most of are unemployed, feel neglected and forgotten, cannot cover the essentials and live in very precarious housing but politics keep them in a constant dependency and stress. We will continue to lobby locally as well as trying to convince municipal, regional authorities, international organisations and others to enable projects and funds to support common local activities. We will also continue to contest the inhuman deterrence policies at national and European level.

Thank you for helping us making it happen and for your continuous support!

OPEN CALL FOR REGISTRATION TO OUR NEW COURSES!

we live, we learn, we work, we dream together!

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 info@thalassa-solidarity.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).

*** PRIORITY ORDER WILL BE OBSERVED

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, lgtbqi+, etc).

As places are limited, please express your interest with an mail message (info@thalassa-solidarity.org), 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 machines, serger

– 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:

Acc. Holder: Thalassa of Solidarity AMKE

BIC: CRBAGRAA

IBAN: GR2601406640664002002015824

Thank you for your support!

The Team Of Thalassa of Solidarity

Another round of distributions and of love!

We have concluded yet another distribution round of food and other essential items to the 27 households we are supporting this period.

Most of those items for this 3rd round were acquired with the support of

Choose Love and from solidarity donations from friends!

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 mutual understanding!

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This is for us Thalassa of Solidarity

None should be left behind!

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!

World Refugees Day

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.

Photo by Michalis Fotiadis: Somewhere off the coast of Libya, the sun set in a desired destination, in the middle the Mediterranean, a sea that hides dangers, drowns hopes. But the sun and hopes rise every day.

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.