Omar is our Master of Disaster, in emergency situations his responsiveness is extremely fast. He immediately knows what to do, how to calm down the people and how to keep everyone safe.
But he’s also our Chief Amazement Officer, his drive to help everyone in need is very contagious. He fights inequality every single day and he puts the live of others before his own life.
Syrian Omar Alshakal fled his home town of Deir Ez-Zor in 2014 after ISIS took control and he was severely injured during a missile strike. Omar swam for 14 hours from Turkey to Greece to reach safely. He founded Refugee4Refugees in April 2017.
Imaya is the co-founder of Refugee4Refugees. She has been volunteering on Lesvos since 2016 and with Omar, created our organisation in 2017 in order to attend the refugees on their arrival to the Europe’s shores. She been responsible for various functions of the NGO, including field operations, fundraising and donations coordination, both locally on the island and remotely from her home in Spain’s Basque country. She has a degree in Law (UPV/EHU) and is currently studying towards a second in Social Work (UNED). She has been involved in volunteering for the last ten years, and has also lived in India and Italy.
Ines is our People Manager and our Master of Operations. As one of our Field Coordinators she manages the volunteers during the recruitment process and throughout their stay with R4R. She is extremely resourceful and is in charge of implementing and coordinating R4R projects on a daily basis, overseeing the work of volunteers, and working together with other organizations.
Ines was born in Madrid, Spain but has struggled to stay in one country for too long. She graduated in International Business Management in Edinburgh, Scotland, but has also lived and worked in England, China, Australia, Kenya and now Greece. She has worked in the field of international development as well as in the energy sector as a strategy consultant. She has now decided to leverage all her skills towards the humanitarian field by coming back to Lesvos for a second time.
William is our Head of Teaching and Social Development. Also a Field Coordinator, he organizes our volunteers as they plan and deliver educational and social activities to the children who find themselves on Lesvos; helping those with experience and those without to deliver our Non-Formal Education Programme, keeping children engaged in the learning process.
William is from the UK. He has been working with children for over 10 years and has been an English teacher for five years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in History and International Politics from Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK, and a Master’s in International Relations from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. He has lived in Japan, Germany, Thailand, India and Greece working in International Development, Children’s Rights and Education.
Janine is from Zurich, Switzerland and manages our social media accounts. In 2016 she watched the refugee crisis as it exploded across Europe and decided to quit her job and help refugees in Idomeni, Greece. After this experience she returned to Switzerland but she felt compelled to return. While she works for a TV production company, she has taken leave to return to Greece to help Refugee4Refugees.
Mohammed is 23 years old and from Iraq, but came to Greece in September 2016. We first volunteered in Kara Tepe Camp coaching children, providing breakfast and translating for other refugees. After Kara Tepe we began working in Moria Camp doing football programs, construction, and translating for English classes. He says, “I know what it is like to be a refugee and I want to help as many refugees as I can while I am here. I am very excited to work with Refugee4Refugees.”