Since April 2017, we have supported refugees in their desperate journey towards Europe. We are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis, based on the shores of Lesvos, Greece.

Our Mission

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.

Omar is a Syrian refugee and brings a 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. Refugee4Refugees then transports arrivals to a temporary camp where people can receive food, water, clothing, medical attention and sleep.

We know their situation, we speak their language, and we have been in their position. So we know best how to support them.
— Omar Alshakal, Syrian refugee and Refugee4Refugees Founder

What we do

Every month hundreds of people attempt to cross from Turkey to Greece to escape violence and poverty. Refugee4Refugees strives to protect people as they make this perilous journey by watching the sea for boats that are in difficulty, and offering humanitarian assistance to those that arrive.

  • Boat spotting from the south coast of Lesvos.
  • Coordinate with other non-governmental organisations to respond to boat landings.
  • Respond to crises across the island of Lesvos during emergency situations when volunteers are needed.
  • Facilitate the donation of clothing and supplies to refugees on Lesvos
  • Provide immediate emergency response to refugees arriving on Greek beaches.
  • Provide a safe environment at a community centre for refugees outside of Mitilini
 (C) Laura Lewis Photography

(C) Laura Lewis Photography