While the flow of people crossing through Greece and the Balkans to find sanctuary in Europe has slowed, thousands of families, children and vulnerable adults remain stranded for long periods of time in informal settlements, camps or temporary shelters.
Within a response between emergency aid and integration, needs are complex but remain high. And while the international community might shift its attention to other large crises around the world, our partners in Serbia and Greece continue to provide direct support to refugees and build social networks locally. More than ever, they need your help.
How we’re helping
We’re helping refugees in Greece and Serbia, and continuing to work in the Middle East to support displaced Syrians and Iraqis.
In Serbia, in addition to some direct emergency relief, we provide vocational training and activities within the camps to support refugees in regaining a sense of purpose and familiarity; supporting wellbeing after a rise in mental health issues.
As people find themselves in legal and practical limbo, many despair at the lack of prospects for their children. Social networks and family ties come under strain, at a time when people need psychosocial support the most
In Greece, our partners provide a range of services to families and unaccompanied children in Athens and Thessaloniki:
- provision of food and clothing
- psychosocial support and legal advice
- housing to vulnerable groups awaiting relocation to other countries in Europe.
And with families remaining in these countries for extended periods, we are supporting activities promoting social integration with access to training and employment, languages classes and community networks.
Immediate emergency needs are still high in camps and in the islands’ reception centres.
Frightened people continue to flee Syria, Iraq and other places of conflict around the world. Please donate to help us reach many more vulnerable families with essential support.
How we work in an emergency
We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term. Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.