Hope & Peace Center, Lesvos, Greece
150 meters away from Moria Camp, there is a place called the Hope and Peace center. And this is what the center provides to the 1200 children and women who visit six days a week.
Hope: stuck in limbo for months at a time with nothing to do, and with no control of one´s future, the center gives children hope for gaining some normal childhood memories and hope that there are people who care to give them a chance at those.
Peace: no matter the background, color, language, reason for fleeing, the center is a place where everyone is welcome. For a few hours every day, children can be just that: children.
Moria camp is a reception and identification center and was never intended to be a place where people stay for months at a time. But the reality is that families do live here for months, and meanwhile children are deprived of their right to education.
- In lack of educational opportunities, the center gives children the structure they need and miss in their life: Here they are getting accustomed to playing together, waiting in line, ask for things instead of claiming them with violence. Fighting is not tolerated.
- The center gives children the comfort and support they need and miss in their life: with the help of 50 resident helpers, volunteers chosen from the community inside the camp, communication and familiar language is made possible.
- Here children receive the love and care they need and miss in their life: different from parents´ love, here they are also seen and acknowledged by peers and grown-ups.
Without help and support from the international community none of this will be possible. We do this because we want to see children be happy. We´re asking people from around the world to show that they care for these children by contributing in keeping the center alive.