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Joint Action for the Creation of an Initiative of Organisations in Relation to Push-Backs
Over the last years, the undersigned organisations have been receiving allegations of push-backs at the country’s land and sea borders. This practice seems to have now acquired systematic characteristics and constitutes an official state policy aiming at the prevention of refugee and migrant flows.
Job Opportunities for Tutors
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All Children Have A Right To Go To School. Do Not Take That Away From Them.
Athens, March 9, 2021 – The undersigned organisations express deep concern about the situation relating to asylum seeking and refugee children’s access to education in Greece over the past few years. Specifically, for the past six years it has not been possible to guarantee smooth and unimpeded access to education for asylum seeking children. As a result, the majority of these children have been deprived of one of their fundamental rights. These issues have become so intense over the last year that one can in fact refer to an extensive process of “deschooling”.
Celebrating International Women's Day 2021
March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day for celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is also a day when we highlight the continuing fight for female parity and equality not just in our societies, but around the world.
This year, to celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke to women from our organisation who inspire us – beneficiaries, staff members and friends – to get their thoughts on what it means to be a woman in 2021.
Protect dignity and human rights: call for solidarity gathering in support of PIKPA on Wednesday, 14 October 2020
The Greek government is about to close a historic shelter for vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees, with no care for the future of its residents. The Secretary General of Social Solidarity and Poverty Alleviation of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs asked the Police to evacuate the PIKPA Shelter in Neapoli Mytilene until 15-10-2020.
PIKPA shelter is a well-known facility operating since 2012. At the time, it was the only open reception facility on the island, in stark contrast to Moria camp, which operated as a Detention Centre. For years, many actors have come together at the PIKPA shelter to support some of the most vulnerable people in the island, including Lesvos Solidarity, founded in 2016. As also highlighted in UNHCR’s recent announcement in support of PIKPA, Efi Latsoudi, one of the founders, was awarded the UNHCR Nansen Award in Geneva, in 2016…
The incorporation of vulnerable social groups into Greek society
Loukas Oikonomakis, Head of Innovation of Odyssea, talks about the concept of training and how knowledge may contribute to the incorporation of vulnerable social groups into the society.
Greece: Transfer Refugees and Asylum seekers to Safety on Mainland
Respect for Human Rights should Prevail over Use of Force
Following yesterday’s fire in Moria, on Lesvos, which destroyed the Reception and Identification Centre, 31 civil society organizations call on the Greek Government to immediately provide assistance to people who lost their shelter. Those affected, among them many children and at-risk groups, must be carefully transferred to safety on the mainland…
Workshop for KETHEA’s members at Odyssea Academy
The first woodworking workshop at the new premises of Odyssea Academy for KETHEA! KETHEA will do a series of hands on, inspirational workshops for its members at Odyssea Academy. We had the pleasure to welcome KETHEA’s team to our new training center and have an amazing woodworking workshop! A series…
Interview of Jai Mexis & Loukas Oikonomakis on Praktoreio FM 104.9
On May 28th, Jai Mexis, Odyssea’s founder, and Loukas Oikonomakis, Head of Innovation, were hosted by Sotiris Kyriakidis (ANA-MPA) on the radio show “Me ta Chilia” in Praktoreio FM 104.6. During the radio interview, Jai Mexis shared with the audience Odyssea’s collaboration with TIMA Charitable Foundation on the production of 50.000 face-shields…
Odyssea fights COVID-19 with TIMA Charitable Foundation by offering 50,000 face-shields to the Ministry of Health for free
As the now pandemic COVID-19 takes hold over the globe, we witness travel restrictions, social distancing measures, and work from home policies. But most of all, we see our healthcare system overloaded and fatigued by COVID-19. There is a pressing medical supplies gap in Greece, as the system is overloaded…
Protect the most vulnerable to ensure protection for everyone!
Recalling the letter issued on 6 March 2020, signed by more than 250 organizations throughout Europe, the undersigned organizations reiterate the dangers stemming from persisting in current arrangements on the management of the reception of asylum seekers and the respect for their right to seek asylum in Greece. To: The…
Children Remain Invisible
The humanitarian, child protection and human rights organizations co-signing this letter have been actively involved in the refugee field for many years. In view of recent developments at the country’s borders, in particular those concerning people who have been in Greece since March 1st, first residing in a military naval…
Growroom – A Garden Sphere That Feeds A Neighborhood
The Growroom, an urban greenhouse that stacks plants and greeneries tier upon tier, is a farming pavilion that looks into how cities can feed themselves through food-producing architecture. This large, multi-tiered spherical garden is designed to sustainably grow enough food to support an entire neighborhood. The Growroom was designed by…
Open Letter by 256 Organizations
The undersigned organisations are deeply concerned about recent developments at the Evros border and the Aegean islands where people are stranded at the borders of Europe, instrumentalized for political purposes, and subject to violations of their rights. To: Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Kyriakos Mitsotakis President of the…
40% of trained beneficiaries were job matched
Back in 2018, when we were successfully completing our first cycle of courses, we succeeded to job match 18% of our beneficiaries. Fast forward to 2020, Odyssea has successfully trained 250+ beneficiaries, 40% of which have managed to access the labor market through a job interview request. Our team works intensively on the…
XENiOS | Visual dialogues of people from different cultures
In recent years, and due to intense socio-political pressures, flows of refugees and economic migrants looking for a safer future are steadily rising. The movement of people beyond their natural setting is also a movement of cultures (a movement of all the characteristics determined by history, myths and traditions) and…