Having lived and worked with refugee children from Moria refugee camp for over three years, we have come to realise that what refugee kids need the most is a chance to integrate into a society that, on its own, does little to welcome them. Given terrors these children experienced on their journey to Greece, as well as the horrific conditions they are forced to put up with in the camp living in inadequate structures and bearing witness to fights, disease, violence, fire, and rape, the one thing that we can do to support these children is to help them retrieve the childhood is being robbed them of.
Little Lotus' aim is two-fold:
I. To support community-based non-formal education activities for children in the new refugee camp and,
II. to provide integration activities for refugee children by bringing them together with local Greek children to do inspiring activities in an attempt promoting multiculturalism. Activities are specifically designed to challenge stereotypes and highlight their cultural diversities as something positive that builds on their collective strengths.
For too long have refugee and local children been living segregated lives on the island of Lesvos, and we believe that with the right tools and encouragement, children and youth can pave the way for more peaceful dialogues and enriching co-existence to take root at the heart of the island and its community.
Activities include (but are not limited to): English Language learning, educational activities, adventure games, yoga, team sports and tournaments, field trips around the island, arts and crafts, building a treehouse, cooking and potluck lunches / dinners, traditional dance and music, nature hikes and site tours, and the Kids’ International Festival.
Please support us to support these children overcome the traumas they continuously face by providing them a chance to integrate into the island's community and make their voices heard.