Stand By Me Lesvos

New Classes for Kara Tepe Camp: The Education Busses

Unfortunately, also in the new camp in Lesvos educational program for refugees are poor. Until now just some tent-schools exist and they do not cover the huge needs. Since last autumn Stand by me Lesvos is working hard to find new solutions in co-operation with our self-organized network of Moria Academia. Therefore, we purchased two old busses and during the last months they were transformed into four classrooms. Thanks to the support of Low-tech with refugees and so many volunteers from our partner organizations they are now ready: Powered by solar energy, each bus is separated into two classrooms.

We started a co-operation with the Greek NGO ELIX/Ελιξ- Προγράμματα Εθελοντικής Εργασίας which implements a non-formal education project in the island with the support of UNICEF. After long discussion and a lot of effort we finally received the OK from the Camp Management to place the busses inside the camp under the auspices of ELIX which covered also the costs for the appropriation of the plot. This happened last week and still some smaller works are needed until everything is finalized and classes can start. One bus will be used by us and Moria Academia teachers the other by Elix to improve non-formal education for children and adults in the camp. We are very glad we can finally announce these good news and ask all of you to support this important improvement with your donation:

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The purchase of the busses was made possible with extra money left over from the Christmas gift project. We would like to thank the Office of Displaced Designers, Low-tech with Refugees / Low-tech & Réfugiés and Solingen hilft e.V. for their wonderful support and assistance. Without them this would not have been possible.




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