A brief description of Pervolarides – The Gardeners

April 2018

Dear All,

This is a brief description of our group ‘’Pervolarides’’ (Gardeners) of Thessaloniki, its activities and challenges.

Pervolarides is a non-profit group of people who believe in self-organisation and mobilisation through cooperation. The group exists in various forms since 4 years, but it was not until December of 2016 that we managed to rent a basement in Thessaloniki, with the generous financial aid of German solidarity groups.

The group operates in 2 pillars:

The 1st one is the solidarity node
The 2nd pillar is a variety of the social-solidarity economy projects „A brief description of Pervolarides – The Gardeners“ weiterlesen

Thanking letter from Pervolarides to Respekt für Griechenland


Dear All,

With this letter we would like to express our gratitude for the financial support of the ‘Respekt für Griechenland’’ organization towards our self-help initiative ‘’Pervolarides’’ in Thessaloniki, Greece. The amount of money that was transferred (610 €) will cover mostly rental costs and bills for our basement. People that support us should know that they help 20-30 families per month to receive food packs and fresh vegetables. Furthermore, you support 1 beekeeping group and 1 group that produce tomato sauce and marmalade.   „Thanking letter from Pervolarides to Respekt für Griechenland“ weiterlesen

„Pervolarides“ – Die Gärtner

(Projekttitel 2016 / 17 „Fisch und Oliven“)

Eine Selbsthilfegruppe von Arbeitslosen und Geflüchteten aus Thessaloniki

Die Gruppe hat eine schwierige Zeit hinter sich. Sie musste das Grundstück in einem Vorort von Thessaloniki, auf dem sie Gemüse zur Selbstversorgung und zur Versorgung bedürftiger Familien anpflanzte, abgeben. Ihre angemietete Produktionsstätte konnte sie nicht halten und auch ihr Auto zum Transport von leicht verderblichen Lebensmitteln in Kühlboxen war nicht länger finanzierbar.   „„Pervolarides“ – Die Gärtner“ weiterlesen

Crowdfunding für Volunteers for Lesvos erfolgreich abgeschlossen

Ergebnis der Kampagne 2017/2018 bei Betterplace zur Unterstützung von Menschen, die auf der Flucht sind:

Vom 21.11.2017 (Eingang der ersten Spende) bis zum 18.3.2018 (Eingang der letzten Spende) sind insgesamt eingegangen:
10.712,00 € !

Wir haben die Spenden über die nachfolgend genannten Bedarfe, die die Spender*innen auf unserer Betterplace- Crowdfundingseite unter »www.betterplace.org/p58189« finden konnten, akquiriert. Wenn der Betrag eines Bedarfs erreicht war, wurde der in der Bedarfsliste nächstfolgende Bedarf mit der nächsten Spende »befüllt«. Wenn alle Bedarfe mit Spenden abgedeckt wurden, wurden erneut Bedarfe aus der Liste eingestellt. „Crowdfunding für Volunteers for Lesvos erfolgreich abgeschlossen“ weiterlesen

Stiftung: do fördert erneut No Border Kitchen auf Lesbos

Seit 2016 kooperieren die „Volunteers for Lesvos“ mit der No Border Kitchen auf Lesbos. Jeweils einige der von uns entsandten Freiwilligen schließen sich der No Border Kitchen an und arbeiten in dieser über Wochen und Monate tatkräftig mit.


Aus der Zusammenarbeit entstanden Förderanträge von Respekt für Griechenland e.V. an die Stiftung: do in Hamburg.

Wir sind der Stiftung außerordentlich dankbar, dass sie die Mietkosten für das Domizil der No Border Kitchen auf Lesbos das „Blaue Haus“ von März 2017 bis April 2018 in Höhe von insgesamt 5600 € übernommen hat und vor kurzem eine Übernahme der Mietkosten (450 €/ Monat) von Mai 2018 bis Februar 2019 erneut bewilligte. Dokumentation Blaues Haus „Stiftung: do fördert erneut No Border Kitchen auf Lesbos“ weiterlesen

25.03.2018: Lesvos – The Beautiful Prison, Film/Diskussion, Berlin

Der Dokumentarfilm folgt den Geschichten und Erfahrungen von fünf Frauen auf der griechischen Insel Lesbos im Jahr 2017 und erzählt von einer einzigartigen Situation aus verschiedenen Perspektiven – Geflüchtete, Einheimische und freiwillige Helferinnen erzählen, was sie erlebt haben.
Nach dem Film freuen wir uns auf ein Gespräch mit den FilmemacherInnen und mit AktivistInnen verschiedener Initiativen, die von ihren Erfahrungen berichten. Außerdem werden die neuen EU-Regelungen vorgestellt, welche die Möglichkeit auf Asyl weiter verringern…

Veranstaltet vom Bündnis Griechenlandsolidarität Berlin zusammen mit Respekt für Griechenland e.V.,  ConAction Network und dem RegenbogenKino.

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Sonntag, 25. März 2018, 18:00 Uhr
Lausitzer Straße 22
10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Spendenkonto für Flüchtlingshilfe in Griechenland:
Respekt für Griechenland e.V., IBAN: DE154306 096711757746 02

About the Future of Hostel WELCOMMON in Athen

Nikos Chrysogelos an „Respekt für Griechenland“/ Februar 2018

We have discused a lot with our members and friends about the future of WELCOMMON and the modification of our plan. It is true that without a support by the state or the UNHCR there is no possibity to continue this innovative center because the cost is high. We have worked hard and we will continue on working for such a community model for hosting and social inclusion of refugees. But the building is big and the cost high.

Possible alternatives for funding

The existence of WELCOMMON in the current form is possible only if there is a support by an institution which has enough sources to support us. We have contacted some big foundations in Greece like Niarchos Foundation but there is no will for supporting us, they don’t understand even the need for innovation in hosting and inclusion of refugees. We have confirmed that the government will not open a call before 2019. At the european level there are no calls for such programs although (maybe as a result of a pressure by us together with other organisations) there is a discussion for the establishment at the european level for a financial tool for innovative projects they could use social enterprises – but it will take some years!. There are many organisations and networks willing to express their support to us, but it seems very difficult to have a result in one month. I met a lot of networks and organisations in Brussels during my recent trip and they will support our campaign with a letter of support. But we can’t wait for a very quick response concerning funding. Many people haven’t realized the end of the project by the end of February and they tell us that this is not …possible. They get crazy when they realise it. But the decision by the Mynicipality and the UNHCR is final and it will not change, although they are many serious problems concerning the housing of all the refugees and many refugees deny to leave from WELCOMMON, and the situation in some appartments is worrying or very bad etc. Today Claudia Roth visited WELCOMMON and discussed not only with us but also with many of our guests (even with people they now stay in appartments). She was very excited of our community and the innovation, but obviously she can not do much more than talk to the Municipality and the head of UNHCR tomorrow.

Our plan

In brief. we have decided to continue into 2 directions:

(a)  We are now planning to turn the existed building to a touristic hostel (WELCOMMON Hostel) with a social impact approach. That means we will employee refugees and some unemployed greeks to run it. Two of the floors will host social and job integration activities for refugees, migrants and greeks. We want to improve the decoration and infrastructure of the building until the end of March or April, to buy extra infrastructure needed for such an activity and to increace the energy efficiency of the building immediately. We will try to be ready and start in April. We will also focus on workshops for social inclusion and job preparation, like energy issues, culture of food from different areas, music, upcycling etc. We are also planning 3 days per week to offer multi-ethnic cuisine and cultural events for any person interested in participating (guest in WELCOMMON Hostel or other people), to connect the visitors/tourists with groups organising mountain climbing, cycling tours, city guiding to social activities and centers, etc in order to offer more chances for jobs and integration for the refugees and greeks. We are looking for funding but there are also some friends willing to participate together with our social cooperative in the investment for social impact.

(b) We are looking for extra sources in order to be able to open a „smaller WELCOMMON“ as a social housing center for the most vulnerable, offering to them some of the social servises existed in WELCOMMON (let’s call it WELCOMMON small community center). If we are able to find sources for such a building, we will open this new center in 6 months. We will not offer food, only social and health services and they will cook themselves in their appartments. We will keep the main idea, creating an open community in one or two block of flats.

Existed activities

We will keep on doing the activities for/with children in any case and we will use the rooms / place of the 2 floors of the current building for social activities, training, forums, seminars, lessons, painting etc. Responsible for these activities will be Lizeta and she will be responisble for the daily cooperation with the volunteers. So maybe you must inform the foundation about the change of the name, Lizeta instead of Vera. We will focus on the children hosted in WELCOMMON all these months but also some other children they want to participate (already there are many participating in lessons offered by the volunteers).

The second person, starting from 1st o March, will be from our social service, Vaso Mouzaki. She is more experienced and has good mute and relationships with refugees established all this period.

(i) She will help Lizeta

(ii) she will be responsible for the training of volunteers and all the logistics

(iii) she will be responsible for the communication with the universities (she has the professional certification and she can sign as a supervisor for social workers if a univeristy needs such a certification).

We will keep the 4 axes we have discussed for the 2 positions and there is no change of the agreement you have done with the 2 foundations. If we are successful with the new application to Erasmus+ for the next period we could also hire again Georgia and Vera, but we will know it in July.

We will continue on hosting volunteers in WELCOMMON Hostel for the social activities and non formal education.

Νίκος Χρυσόγελος
Nikos Chrysogelos

02.03.2018, 19 Uhr, Berlin: Endstation Lesbos, Veranstaltung im „Buchreigen“

Einladung zur Veranstaltung:
„Endstation Lesbos“
am Freitag, den 2. März 2018 um 19 Uhr
im „Buchreigen“, Raumerstraße 31, 10437 Berlin.

Der Untertitel der Veranstaltung lautet:
„Zur Situation Geflüchteter und der Arbeit von Unterstützer°Innen auf der Insel Lesbos“

Wie Ihr alle wisst, ist ein Team von Respekt für Griechenland, die „Volunteers for Lesvos“, seit Herbst 2015 auf der Insel tätig. Ausgehend von deren Arbeit berichten die Projektleiterin, Anja Schneider, und der am Projekt beteiligte Fotograf Ralf Henning. Ralf Henning war erst vor kurzem auf Lesbos und wird u.a. hochaktuelle Aufnahmen von der dortigen Situation zeigen.

Zeit für Fragen und Diskussion ist eingeplant.
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