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Founded in 2017 by local Greek citizens of Lesvos Island, Stand By Me Lesvos is a different type of Non Profit. With little funds we have created a safe, positive space, where local Greeks, refugees and international team members are all working side by side, just in walking distance from the overcrowded camp.
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Get Together

While international NGOs come and go, we live here in Lesvos. Our commitment is for the long term, focusing on three main targets: Education, Empowerment and Integration. We collaborate with Greek locals, camp residents and international team members, because we can only face this situation standing together.
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Lesvos, Europe

Stand by me Lesvos believes that “refugee participation and self-management are fundamental, assuming a respect for the capabilities of refugees and the belief that, as human beings, they have the right to control their own lives” (UNHCR). We are therefore engaging in “help to self-help”: supporting self-organizations inside the camp, including our partners Moria Corona Awareness Team, Moria White Helmets and Moria Academia. After all, what is education worth if not to use one’s prior knowledge?

We constantly communicate with camp residents, who best understand their own needs and therefore create well-functioning solutions. As an organization deeply rooted within the fabrics of the island, we closely cooperate with the municipality to support islanders in need. We are standing by Lesvos as independent and equal partners, but we need the EU to act.

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Helpful Conversations: Coping Strategies When Faced With Trauma
Helpful Conversations:The aim of this workshop is for each participant to leave with at least one experience of a useful tool to continue building on personal coping strategies.We will do ...
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Lesvos Academia Seminar: Omid from Moria Corona Awareness Team
This Saturday we will be joined by Omid from Moria Corona Awareness Team. Omid will start by telling us the story of MCAT,– how they started;– what 2020 was like ...
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Call of support to cover legal fees for our partners
Following the EU Commissioner Ylva Johanssons visit in the camp, we’ve seen what appears to be a wave of rejects taking place in the camp on behalf of the asylum ...
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In Greek we have a word: Xenos
It is a word with many meanings: stranger, outsider, friend and guest. The deepest meaning of the word can be understood as guest-friend and is a central part of how Greeks understand hospitality, it is part of how we at Stand By Me Lesvos see refugees, as guests, as friends, as people who maybe in transit, but where there is also a reciprocity, a give and take between the two. Be a part of Stand By Me Lesvos by supporting us.

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Pictures from different classes of Moria Acadamia network of refugee self organized informal education in the camp.We are glad to be able to support this program in which we deeply believe and we want to thank all supporters who anable us to do so, especially Solingen hilft e.V., Human Plus and Odysseas.#StandingtogetherforLesvos ... .See Less
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News & Press Review

EU funding to build five new refugee camps in the Aegean islands | bbc.co.uk

The EU is to give Greece funding to build five new refugee camps in the Aegean islands. But the decision is causing a stir among locals and refugees. (Starts at 14:55)   EU funding for five refugee camps housing, BBC interview ...
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Mental health issues rise among refugees and migrants in Greece | fairplanet.org

“My family and I, and basically everyone here, are trying to respect all measures, such as wearing masks, washing our hands, keeping social distance and being indoors as much as possible. It has been very hard and boring,” Omid shared. The situation on Lesvos ...
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‘We were left in the sea’: asylum seekers forced off Lesbos | theguardian.com

“We were all forced on to the boat. If we looked up they shouted at us and hit us in the head. Then they stopped at a place in the sea where there were no other boats, they left us.” Mustafa, his wife and ...
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