Category: Views from the Ground

A Different World for Refugees in the Netherlands
April 18, 2018August 12, 2018
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A Different World for Refugees in the Netherlands

In February, our field coordinator Martina participated in a study visit through the “Amsterdam – Athens: Building capacity for supporting refugees”, run by the Bodossakis Foundation. Campfire Innovation and other three organisations (We needs books, Social Hackers Academy, Starfish foundation) from Greece visited organisations active in Amsterdam. This is an account of her impressions. We...

Surviving the City
January 7, 2017November 20, 2017
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Surviving the City

Urban sanctuaries for Athens’s overlooked refugees From being a place of transition to a de facto destination, Athens is home to an increasing number of urban refugees. Amid new challenges, two grassroots organisations stand out for their innovative responses to a humanitarian crisis that the state is unable to handle. The traditional image of refugees...

Views from the Ground: KHORA
November 20, 2016November 20, 2017
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Views from the Ground: KHORA

It’s been a whirlwind two months for Khora, so the Campfire Innovation team was super excited to explore the team’s new centre last week… While travelling through Khora Community Centre’s seven floors of creative and collaborative space, it was phenomenal to see how far the project has come in such a short span of time....

Views from the Ground: Project Elea at Eleonas
November 14, 2016November 20, 2017
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Views from the Ground: Project Elea at Eleonas

Life At Eleonas Eleonas was Greece’s first refugee camp and, according to Project Elea founder and manager, Andreas Ashikalis, it will likely be the last one standing. When you consider the camp’s growing population, this seems a reasonable assumption: Eleonas is home to approximately 2,200 residents, divided into three camps, and this population continues to...

Views from the Ground: Oinofyta, vol.2
October 31, 2016November 13, 2017
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Views from the Ground: Oinofyta, vol.2

“The reality is, you’re going to be here a while… and that means you need to live, not just exist” Lisa Campbell is speaking to Campfire Innovation in Do Your Part’s small Oinofyta office, where a handful of her 13-strong volunteer team squeeze in, ready to show us around their camp’s unique community. If 13...

SPARKS OF INNOVATION — Vol. 1
October 24, 2016November 20, 2017
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SPARKS OF INNOVATION — Vol. 1

Progress on the Skaramangas community Centre Did you know that a community centre is under construction in Skaramangas? We checked in on the building work a few weeks back during our visit to the camp but we are so happy to see things are progressing. Skaramangas is the biggest camp in Greece, with over 3,000...

Views from the Ground: Oinofyta Camp
October 3, 2016November 20, 2017
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Views from the Ground: Oinofyta Camp

by Norman Hering This is the third article from our “Views from the Ground” series. Campfire Innovation is based in Greece and often visits projects, camps and key locations to identify the challenges faced by volunteers and refugees and the best smart solutions deployed. This is a is a collection of stories based on the...

Views from the Ground: Skaramagas
September 28, 2016November 20, 2017
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Views from the Ground: Skaramagas

This is the second article from our “Views from the Ground” series. Campfire Innovation is based in Greece and often visits projects, camps and key locations to identify the challenges faced by volunteers and refugees and the best smart solutions deployed. This is a is a collection of stories based on the places we visit...

Views from the Ground: Lavrio with RefuComm
September 26, 2016November 20, 2017
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Views from the Ground: Lavrio with RefuComm

by Norman Hering This is the first edition of our “Views from the Ground” series. CAMPFIRE Innovation is based in Greece and often visits projects, camps and key locations to identify the challenges faced by volunteers and refugees and the best smart solutions deployed. This is a is a collection of stories based on the...

What about urban refugees?
September 26, 2016November 20, 2017
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What about urban refugees?

Let the numbers and facts speak for themselves. Currently: over 60,000 refugees are stranded in Greece More than 40 camps are dotted across the country Borders are closed Relocation and asylum procedures take over 6 months Winter is coming. What will happen to the 60,000 people across the country in the next few months? Looking at...