Since April 2017, we have supported refugees after their desperate journey towards Europe. We are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis, based on the shores of Lesvos, Greece.
Refugee4Refugee founder Omar Alshakal sought to create a non-political organisation that addresses the needs and concerns of refugees, while also encouraging fellow asylum seekers to get involved and take the lead in relief efforts.
As a former refugee, Omar brings an unique perspective as someone who arrived in Europe in 2014, after swimming for 14 hours from Turkey to Greece. He has seen the weaknesses of the asylum process first hand. Omar started the charity to tackle these challenges head on. As a former lifeguard, he saw an opportunity to improve boat spotting and landing support, but also to improve the lives of refugees living conditions in the camps.
Every month hundreds of people attempt to cross from Turkey to Greece to escape violence and poverty. Refugee4Refugees strives to help those people as they make this perilous journey by watching the sea for boats that are in distress, offering humanitarian assistance and emergency support to those that arrive and to provide several activities in and outside the refugee camps and informal settlements.
Boat spotting from the south coast of Lesvos.
Coordinate with other partner non-governmental organisations to respond to boat landings.
Respond and support the authorities and partner NGOs to crises across the island of Lesvos during emergency situations.
Summer swimming classes to help refugees overcoming the fear of water.
Beach cleaning of the southern shores of Lesvos.
Weekly cleaning of the informal settlements outside the area of Moria camp.
Social and education projects for children living in Lesvos’ refugee camps.