OBJECTIVES, RESULTS, SUSTAINABILITY

 

1. Objectives

 

The main objective of the project is to enhance the social networks of Syrian refugees in Thessaloniki by organizing in some facilities in the city during the summer a set of activities for children and by facilitating some social activities with elder people.

 

This goal will be reached by implementing some derivated specific objectives:

 

1.-Specific objective one is to develop social abilities of refugee children during their school holidays, increasing their capacity for working together, developing their responsibility and improving their skills for better profiting of the formal education.

 

2.-Specific objective two is increase the communication between refugees in the city by promoting the creation of their own newspaper of similar media able to arrive to all the refugee families.

 

3.-Specific objective three is to reinforce the autonomy and self-estimation of refugee women by giving them the opportunity for meeting in a specific place, without the presence of men, and developing there their own activities and networks.

 

4.-Specific objective four is to improve the daily routine of refugees by organizing lessons about languages and other subjects that they can join freely and where they can meet with other people.

 

5.-Specific objective five is to offer a space where they can meet and organize their own activities in order to increase self-initiative and community network.

 

 

2. ACTIVITIES

The objectives will be reached through five different activities, to be organized in a space rented with this purpose and accessible for all refugees.

 

a.- Activities for children

The educational problems of children living in refugee camps are somehow minimized now that they are living in the cities. However, some of the problems we had identified still remain now. Lack of self-discipline, agressivity and problems for working in common are still present in the children population.

Furthermore, Children are the most vulnerable group to the problems derived of refugee situation. The lack of stability, the anxious waiting for their departure to other countries and the poor living conditions may hamper in many ways their normal process of evolution and development. Additionally, some of them are still suffering some traumas created during the conflict in their home country and in the way escaping from it.

Taking all these questions into consideration, we have planned some informal educational activities. They should be attractive and interesting enough for children and young teenagers keeping coming during the entire holidays period. At the same time, they should offer the chance to work on it for developing the capacity of working together, the mutual support, the responsibility and the autonomy of children.

According to our experience, the most adequate activity is a creative workshop to be developed together with a theatre group. It will be organized daily separately for children in kindergarten age (5-8 years old) and older children (9-13 years old). The daily schedule will include a presentation, some music activities and games for facilitating children cooperation and time for making handicrafts and preparing the theatre performance.

Additionally, it would be possible to organize some outside games for children oriented to pull out energy by teaching them at the same time to improve their respect for rules and to reduce their agressivity.

 

b.- Media activities

A new problem for refugees outside the camp is the lack of feeling of community. Also, they have bigger problems to get any information, which increases extremely their stress and may make them anxious.

We think that this problem has to be put in relation with the lack of alternatives for teenagers which are not anymore in age of frequenting school. They need some alternative and are the perfect target population to be involved in the media activity. Our first task is to convince a significant group of teenagers for getting involved in the project and managing it.

A media system can be organized through a printed newspaper to be distributed among refugees, but also with other media more accessible by internet, which are cheaper in regard to it sustainability, and more immediate. Among these media there are internet newspaper, but also blogs, youtube channels, Instagram and twitter accounts, Telegram channels and others. The final decision about the format should be done according to the promoting group. We will keep some coordination about the final product, ensuring respect for tolerance and for true in all articles and publications. Also guarantying that the group works integrating all members and that information of public interest for all the community of refugees have priority to be disseminated.

 

c.-Activities for women

Women are the base of any social network. At the same time, refugee women suffer supplementary their situation, carrying often with the burden of a daily discrimination where they are not invited to take decisions but carry out all the work in the housekeeping.

The idea of having a group of women meeting in a space only for them –without any man being present- is extremely positive. The meetings will be organize with a constant “excuse”, like teaching English language, showing movies or giving make up lessons. However the main goal is that they can be together, interact and develop a social net. Thereby we will take special care of the atmosphere of these meetings, and act as mediators with this objective.

Depending of their interest and availability, we are ready to offer them also some small economic activity, such as sewing or knitting together and sharing the small benefits produced by it.

 

d.-Lessons and club

As far as refugees are waiting during months for to be sent to a new country, their routine is boring and mostly empty. Persons that were working in their home country find themselves now without many obligations and they hardly fill their days with any activity.

The key for the success of the community centre is that refugees join it. This requires a stable daily schedule of activities, keep with enough continuity. We will encourage refugees to organize their own activities, but also we will propose some ones. At less we will use the presence of our volunteers for providing language lessons and we will organize easy leisure activities as movie projections or conferences about subjects of their interest.

 

3.- PREMISES

As far as the refugees are now in apartments and facilities in the city, they lack of spaces for meeting, socializing and developing their own activities. This is a big gap in their way to recover a normal life, even in a transitory period.

Having a social meeting place can increase the cooperation, responsibility and mutual support in the refugee population. It also gives them more life and makes their routines more interesting during their time in Greece.

For these reasons, a main pillar of our project is to have a space opened for activities and meetings done for and by refugees.

 

The best option for this would be to use public premises offered by Greek government; if possible, by the municipality. However, currently we cannot take into consideration this option, as there isn’t any offer like this; if it was, even so, the bureaucratic management by Greek authorities would not be possible for us.

 

A second option would be to collaborate with a big NGO involved in the implementation of the programs of UNHCR and Greece for accommodation of refugees and that are taking in charge also the follow up of refugees accommodated in the city. If they are able to identify and manage such premises, we would prefer working together, in order to enhance coordination and synergies. We have tried to contact some of them, but so far we haven’t reached any similar agreement.

 

The last option is to identify by ourselves some premises and to use our own budget to rent it. So far, we have already identified some commercial premises in offer in the city which rent could be reasonably afforded by us. However, if this is the case, the renting cannot be completed until we have a team on the field: it is preferable to talk with the refugees and to work together with some of them in order to identify the most convenient premises taking into consideration different interests as: size, distribution, are of the city where it is located, etc.

If we are going to rent the premises, we would do it in principle for six months, with the possibility of adding six more supplementary months. In that case, we would be the formal managers of the premises but the daily management will be organized and the refugees, with our advice.

 

4. Sustainability and evaluation

The project has a trend to permanence. The idea is not only to organize summer activities, but to start a centre and to encourage people for participating on it.

As one of main problems of refugees is always the lost of abilities for self-organization, the project is focused on enhancing responsibility.

Thereby, the community centre should be sustainable in a way that it can continue offering space and activities as much as needed. All our activities will be orientated to ensuring sustainability, mainly by three ways:

-       Determining the role of our volunteers which is only to promote participation and to act as mediator.

-       Building up a system of responsibility involving the refugees in the process of decision taking.

-       Setting up mechanisms for controlling in common the responsibility and engagement of people involved, so that all things are used for common good.

At the same time, we will constantly carry evaluations of the objectives obtained, based in measuring deliverable results, and check the satisfaction of users and people participating in the project, in order to adapt and correct it permanently.

 

5. RESULTS FORESEEN

The main result foreseen is that Syrian refugees living currently in Thessaloniki will have a space for meeting were social activities for the entire community are regularly organized.

 

Specific result 1 is that a significant number of refugee children are attending during their school holidays educational activities where they develop they social skills and the mutual support.

 

Specific result 2 is that Syrian refugees in Thessaloniki have their own communication media, which is regularly produced and distributed and which includes information useful for the entire community.

 

Specific result 3 is that a group of refugee women is in place, meeting regularly in a space free of men and enjoying activities for them.

 

Specific result 4 is that a community centre is open daily for refugees to gather there. The centre has a stable schedule of activities; refugee participate in its management.

 

5. PROJECT SCHEDULE

What (tasks)

When

Result

Drafting the initial project’s idea

Before 10th of May

A project to be submitted to funders, NGOs and volunteers.

Collecting required funds by crowfunding initiatives and with collaboration of concerned institutions.

From 15th of May

Funds enough to pay materials and lodgement for volunteers.

Submission of the project to international NGOs working in refugee’s centres in Greece.

From 15th of May

A dialogue open with possible umbrella organizations already in the field.

Promote the project and start the process for selection of volunteers.

From 15th of May

Good public knowledge of the project and sufficient applications of volunteers.

Agreeing about the definitive refugee centre for the projects and the conditions of work, preferably under the umbrella of an international NGO.

Around 15th of June

Concrete data in order to plan the action with a definitive budget and project.

Drafting the final project.

From 15th of June

A realistic document able to guide all the activities.

Finish selection of the volunteers and divide them in the 4 periods of work.

15th of June

Four groups of 8 volunteers each with adequate skills and availability.

Training for volunteers at home.

25th-26th of June

Volunteers provided with enough tools and knowing the project’s limits.

First team arrives to Greece for settling lodgement for volunteers and main logistics.

28th of June

Contacts  with local partners and authorities. Accommodation rented.

Arrival of first group of volunteers

2nd of July

Activities working according with the project.

Arrival of second group of volunteers

16th of July

Activities working according with the project.

Arrival of third group of volunteers

30th of July

Activities working according with the project.

Arrival of forth group of volunteers

13th of August

Activities working according with the project.

Closing team distributes remaining material and submits first final report.

27th of August- 31 of August

All remaining items are distributed and partners know about how was it.

Final report is drafted and submitted to funders and NGOs collaborating.

15th of September

Enough information provided about gaps and results of the project.