Here is how the project went:
It was a little difficult at first to connect with a local organization working directly with refugees in Chios, Greece from my home in the U.S. Luckily, mom helped me to find the IRIS Center online and connect with the local volunteers to make a plan for purchasing and delivering the needed supplies. Once on the island, my Papou (grandfather) who lives there helped to provide transportation to the market and my mom and dad helped to purchase the supplies and deliver them to the storage facility near the airport.
Through this project I/we learned:
When talking to the IRIS Center representative, Shirley, I learned that many refugees are stranded in Greece if their applications are denied. They can’t work without the proper paperwork, but they also can’t afford the fees to keep submitting new applications.
What I/we might change:
Shirley invited us to accompany her to deliver supplies directly to some of the refugee families, but unfortunately, our schedule did not give us the time to do that. Next time, I would like to make sure that we have a chance to do this.
My/our favorite part of this project was:
Meeting with the local representative and hearing more about what the refugees' needs and challenges are.
Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:
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