Imagine your home was destroyed and now everything is gone. Imagine all your friends are butchered in front of you and you're the only one to survive. Imagine people want to kill you because of your faith, but show 'mercy' by gang-raping you instead. Imagine you are arrested because of your beliefs and then forced to watch your father being tortured, simply to make you renounce your beliefs. Imagine you have to buy your daughter back from the terrorists who killed her mother.
These are realities for refugees cared for by the ICC.
The ICC provides safe housing and integration support to refugees in Athens, Greece. Having fled their home country and having often lost everything and everyone they once held dear, many of these refugees just want to put back the pieces of their lives.
One of the biggest challenges is the silent trauma that impacts every part of their life.
Nightmares, flashbacks, fears, anxiety, guilt and grief consume their thoughts, often preventing them from moving forwards.
Imagine trying to learn a new language, adjust to a new culture, find a job and somewhere to live, find a way to support yourself, taking care of the children who fled with you and integrate into the society that took you in...
Imagine doing your best to start a new life but struggling to make progress because you can't sleep or focus or take in information... because of the hidden trauma you carry and because there's no space or place to deal with it.
The book of Nehemiah in the Bible illustrates life in ruins... in need of repair and rebuilding. It describes the teamwork required, the effort and the struggle but also the hope, determination and faith that the ruins would be restored.
"I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. They replied, 'Let us start rebuilding.' So they began this good work." (Nehemiah 2:18)
Together we can help them rebuild their walls
We need your help: to buy and develop a piece of land in rural Greece, to be used as a retreat - a place of healing, rebuilding and restoration.
The ICC has half of the funds needed to purchase the land. Please help us reach our goal to enable this project to begin. We need another £20,000 to reach this goal
Our next goal will be to raise the funds needed to develop the plot into a kibbutz-style retreat, where beneficiaries will run it together as a community, helping each other and supporting each other as they begin to rebuild their lives.
It is important to make it as self-sufficient as possible, so that it can be used for years to come, with minimal running costs. We plan to do this by taking advantage of the large amount of sun in Greece to use solar power for heating water and generating electricity. We plan to dig a well and utilise good irrigation techniques to water home-grown vegetables, fruit and livestock.
Funds needed to add to existing funds for purchasing the land: £26,000
A £100 pledge helps us buy 20 square metres of land.
(the plot is 10,000 sq m)
a) Funds needed to develop facilities on the land with showers, kitchen, communal spaces, storage etc. and
b) Funds to build residential bloc for 30 people.
Projected construction costs = £800 - £1000 per square metre
If you pledge just £5, you buy a block of stone and building costs.
(we need a lot of blocks! - )
Stone by stone...
Please pledge what you can and share with all your contact.
Help us rebuild these broken walls of these broken lives.