Scouts in Action for Refugee Relief
‘Scouts in Action for Refugees Relief’ project started in 2015 as a national initiative, following the local initiatives of Scouts in Lesvos and Chios. Since its beginning more than 1.400 Young Greek Scouts have been engaged in refugee support activities all around the country. This includes getting involved in first responses and relief actions but also offering learning and safer spaces for refugees, especially the younger ones. Every activity of this project was intended to bring to the refugees a little bit of the life they left behind, to help them fulfill their immediate needs and also prepare them for the future beyond the camp.
The following objectives were met:
• Providing humanitarian aid and emergency response for newly arrived,
• Offering Scout organizational expertise and volunteer support to refugees residing in camps, including educational activities for refugee children and vulnerable young people,
• Initiating actions that engage the local population on a national scale, including rallies to collect necessities,
• Maximizing European, national and local media visibility, to raise awareness among receiving populations about the rights and needs of newly arrived.
The project activities delivered the following outputs:
• Logistics support on arrival points, providing help, information and first aid, cleaning and sanitation of beaches, support in registration procedures etc.
• Refugee relief support, including provision of food and shelter for new arrivals, collecting and delivering necessary items (clothes, hygiene products etc.)
• Non-formal education activities for children and youth in refugee camps (head start on their accommodation process in a foreign country and culture)
• Awareness raising inside local communities and at national level about the situation
• Inspiring other young people in Europe to take action through workshops and games delivered to large scale events such as the European Youth Events and European Scout events. It is estimated that now around 10.000 young people have been reached.