Relief services' resources

Note: This page is frequently updated. It is by no means complete.

This page focuses on Facebook groups and websites of NGOs, volunteer groups, and programs providing relief services to refugees. Links to Facebook and/or websites are just below the organizations' descriptions. Descriptions are from their Facebook page and/or website, unless noted. These are general relief services - shelter, food, clothing, and more. For specific types of services, visit other pages on this site.

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Compendia of relief organizations in Europe and the Middle East

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RefugeesHub
This is an interactive website that allows the user to choose from a list of cities from around the world to locate relief services.

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Refugee Projects -- We've created an app that centralizes refugee crisis initiatives so you can easily find a project that meets your needs.

Note.  The list is comprehensive and available by area of need/interest and alphabetically.  Very ambitious!  It is being updated on a daily basis.

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Note. The UNHCR's Refugees/Migrants Emergency Response - Mediterrean has a "complete" list of partners in their work in Europe and the Middle East.

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The 19 Million Project
What will we tell our children about what we did when faced with one of the greatest humanitarian crises in our lifetime?

This is the question we must ask ourselves as journalists and as humans. And it is the question central to the 19 Million Project, created by Chicas Poderosas in partnership with Univision and Fusion Networks, to explore how Europe’s pressing refugee crisis came to be, and what can be done to fix it.

The 19 Million Project takes its name from the estimated 19 million migrants who have fled persecution and war, and risked their lives to provide a better life for their families in recent years. We have been transfixed by images of drowned toddlers and police confrontations, but to truly address the larger migration and refugee crisis, many of us must better understand the causes, as well as how the key actors – be they politicians or regular folks on the ground – can and should respond.

We will look at which governments are leading the path, and which are failing migrants. Rather than sit idly by, we will also explore new solutions to address the pressing concerns of this global political crisis. We want to use our network of journalists, developers, designers, digital strategists and citizens to tackle big questions and share our findings with a global audience, bringing fresh eyes to the crisis and fresh ways of looking at the issue — all the while telling the myriad of human stories.

Each of the three media organizations involved in this project brings distinct strengths and audiences to this project. The nonprofit Chicas Poderosas has worked for a number of years to harness diverse voices and the power of digital media to help improve our world. FUSION is committed to providing content for a young, engaged and globally aware audience. Univision has a long history of award-winning international coverage and a deep understanding of the challenges facing migrants and journalists seeking to tell their stories. Now it’s time to put our training, energy and expertise to use in this emergency.

Mariana Santos – Chicas Poderosas founder and Fusion’s Director of Interactive Projects – says: “We need a new kind of initiative, that brings together journalists who are focused on making a change in the world, who won’t quit easily to ignite the 19 Million Project. “

Powered by Fusion and Univision with the local support of the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties (CILD), which unites more than 30 national human rights groups, we are organizing our biggest assembly yet.

We are calling on journalists, developers, designers, academics, government and business leaders and human rights activists across Latin America, the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa to come together to tackle the complexities of the crisis we are now witnessing and look for new ways to disseminate potential solutions.

This group of digital media professionals, as well as human rights activists and experts will convene in early November in Rome (Italy) to illuminate and advance the narrative around migration and Europe and by doing so improve the situation of the migrants crisis.

The fate of the 19 million and growing will be decided in the coming years. We must do our part now.

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Do Your Part is committed to doing our part to assist in the first response, relief, and long-term recovery needs of communities during and in the aftermath of disasters, natural, or man-made. Do Your Part works diligently with survivors to help them regain self sufficiency, sustainability and confidence. We maintain a grassroots approach to better assist the masses, and in 'peace time' work passionately to involve communities and individuals to prepare for disaster and to adopt the Pay It Forward concept.

Since early in 2016 Do Your Part was ask to Co-Manage Camp Oinofyta, a refugee camp in mainland Greece. Do Your Part continues to give refugees options for living with grace, dignity, and hope.

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Dubarah is a service network, based on understanding the problems and needs of the individuals to create the best solutions for them, through a shared online platform which links those who has a problem with others who has the solution. The need to establish Dubarah emerged due to the ongoing war in Syria, as many Syrians were forced to leave Syria and take decision of asylum and immigration in countries they have never visited, it was a must to have a network which addresses their needs and provide them with help & support in those countries to be able to continue their lives.

Dubarah was awarded Ashoka fellowship through its founder Ahmad ِEdilBi, the first Syrian awarded with Ashoka fellowship, in addition to the fellowship of Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts. 

Note. Based in Dubai, UAE, Dubarah is in English and Arabic.

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Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the leading international body that monitors and analyses situations of people internally displaced by conflict, generalised violence, human rights violations, and natural or human-made disasters. 

IDMC raises awareness and advocates for respect of the rights of at-risk and uprooted peoples, who do not benefit from the protection of international treaties. It also aims to promote durable solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs), through return, local integration or settlement elsewhere in the country.

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International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 162 member states and offices in over 150 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: Migration and development, Facilitating migration, Regulating migration, Forced migration.

IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants' rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

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International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises & helps some of the most vulnerable people from harm to home.

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Lost Refugees
This website is created for helping refugees, who lost their relatives, to get in touch with one another again. Please share it with your connections and over your social pages. This site has no commercial purpose at all. Please help us and them by spreading the word of our website.

Note. This website is in a number of languages. A person is looking for someone or who wants to be found can register here.

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Logo for Migrant Offshore Aid Station
Migrant Offshore Aid Station is a non-profit organisation dedicated to mitigating the loss of life at sea along the world's deadliest migrant routes.

Note. One of the main supporters of MOAS is Duc Nguyen. "Duc Nguyen, one of millions of refugee who fled Vietnam across the South China Sea following the end of the war in 1975, says:

“In Vietnam we have a saying: ‘Ăn trái nhớ kẻ trồng cây.’ It means, when eating the fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. Now as we are established in the land of freedom, it is important to give others the same chance at survival that we were granted and metaphorically plant a new tree of life. For those of us that belong to the Vietnamese overseas community, we share a moral obligation and social responsibility to support this mission.”

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Logo for Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration
Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) works within a paradox of persecution—where secrecy is crucial for safety, but protection requires revealing identity.

Drawing upon its deep roots and extensive ties within both the refugee and LGBTI arenas, ORAM influences institutional changes that help create a more responsive climate and humane policies for refugees on their complex path to safety. An official partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), ORAM has earned the trust of refugees and international colleagues alike.

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Refugee Cities exists to expand the options of displaced people by promoting special-status settlements in which they can engage in meaningful, dignifying, and rewarding work, thereby providing for their families and contributing to the economic and social development of their hosts and homelands.

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Refugees United (REFUNITE)
Are you looking for missing family members or friends? Refugees United is a free online family tracing tool that provides refugees and refugee agencies alike with a means to instantly engage in the process of family tracing through web and mobile phones.

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ReliefWeb is a service provided by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

- is the world’s leading on-line gateway to information on humanitarian emergencies and disasters, with 3 dutystations providing 24 hour global coverage.

- is an independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance.

- provides timely, reliable and relevant information as events unfold, while emphasizing the coverage of "forgotten emergencies".

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Logo for Support to Life (Hayata Destek)
Support to Life (Hayata Destek) is a humanitarian aid agency based in Istanbul and founded with the principal objective of working with communities to help them meet their basic needs and rights. Emergency relief aid is provided impartially in response to humanitarian crises with a focus on laying the foundations for rehabilitation, reconstruction and participatory development.  Disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction are important components of STL's mission. STL is prepared to undertake emergency response and action not just in Turkey, but the neighboring  areas of the Middle East, Caucasus, Balkans, Western Asia, and Central Asia.

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The United Nations
**The official page of the United Nations**

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Logo for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

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U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migrants (PRM)
The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is one of the State Department's "functional," as opposed to "geographic" bureaus. Functional bureaus focus on a particular issue wherever it arises around the world. Our focus is refugees, other migrants, and conflict victims. Our goal is to protect these populations, who are often living in quite dangerous conditions.

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Logo for The Unmentionables
The Unmentionables is a non-profit organization which provides global refugee populations with goods considered “unmentionable”: underwear, sexual health products and culturally-sensitive feminine hygiene products. 

We provide these unmentionable necessities to men, women and children who aren't very visible. These products inspire self-respect and promote safety.

We are an international group of practical people, obsessed with logistics, who cannot bear to see vulnerable populations go bare

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Urban Refugees -- Raising the Voice of the Invisible
We promote the rights of urban refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide

Through our documentation, NGO networking and advocacy activities, we intend to raise the voice of these invisible yet particularly vulnerable populations.

Our mission is to improve the lives of urban refugees and IDPs worldwide by:
- SUPPORTING refugee led organisations through an incubation program
- CONNECTING key stakeholders together
- ADVOCATING at the policy level

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USA for UNHCR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by concerned American citizens that supports the humanitarian work of the UN Refugee Agency. 

Note. Also see The Hive, under Technology.

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Watch the Med (WTM) - Transnational Monitoring Against the Violations of Migrant Rights at Sea
Watch the Mediterranean Sea is an online mapping platform to monitor the deaths and violations of migrants' rights at the maritime borders of the EU.

How Watch the Med works:

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Watch the Med - Alarmphone is "an alarm number [+33 4 86 51 71 61] to support rescue operations, not a rescue number. We ourselves cannot rescue anyone, we do not have boats or helicopters. What to do if you are in distress at sea and pushbacks:

  1. First call the coast guards and tell them about your situation of distress.
  2. Then call the Alarm Phone. We will make sure that your distress call is noted and acted upon.
  3. If you are not promptly rescued by the coast guards, call the Alarm Phone again. We will inform the public media and politicians to put pressure on the rescue services."

Note. Many languages are available both on the Facebook group and the website.

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Services in Australia

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Circle Humanity
Formerly known as Business & Community Action for Refugees (BCAR) Australia, we are a digital platform that aims to support refugee resettlement in Australia. This goal will be achieved by centralising and consolidating the existing services and opportunities that are available to refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. We seek to create the means through which new arrivals can independently access employment, education, training and community services. In addition to this, we want to give community members and businesses a vehicle through which they are able to show their support for humanitarian entrants.

At present, the social services sector is extremely fragmented and difficult to navigate for new arrivals. Circle Humanity’s platform is a solution to this problem. It establishes an efficient system for helping new arrivals develop personal connections with the community, as well as establishing a single access point for all individual settlement requirements.

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Logo for Refugee Action Sydney (RAC)
Refugee Action Coalition Sydney (RAC) is a community activist organisation campaigning for the rights of refugees in Australia since 1999. We oppose mandatory detention and offshore processing, and campaign for refugees to be welcomed in Australia. We mount public rallies and organise information stalls and public forums on refugee issues. Our events are widely reported and our members are regularly quoted in the media.

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Services in Europe

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Asylum Protection Center/Center for the Protection of Asylum (APC/CZA)
is humanitarian organization which provides legal, psychological, social, and humanitarian and integration help. It also provides protection to asylum seekers, exiles, refugees and to anyone else who is in trouble due to migration. If you get yourself in situation that you are being tortured, maltreated, physically abused, psychologically abused or being discriminated based on your race, skin colour, gender, language or religion, call us!

Inform us if you are also being a victim of physical abuse, sexual abuse or money fraud which was done either by individuals or governmental employees. We have entire team of people who have long experience in the field of asylum seeking procedure, exile and refugee crisis, who are at your disposal and who may help you in your current situation. Our team is made of: lawyers, advocates, psychologists, pedagogues, specialists in political sciences, social workers and translators

Note. What other organizations have flagged as most useful about this app is how current and accurate their information is.

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App [The title is in "Asylum in Serbia," but the news and updates are for the Balkan route in general. The app is in Arabic and Farsi.]

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Borderfree Association
Humanitarian Club The Club '' border free association '' was gegrü with the aim of pooling the humanitarian commitment friend. The origin of the commitment lies with the spontaten relief, which takes care of the current refugee situation in the Balkans. The association supports humanitarian projects and processes in terms of sustainable coordination of existing and future projects. At the same time the club is important to respect during the projects flora and fauna. The Association has no religious-nationalist agenda and everyone has the right, regardless of gender, color, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, . participate membership of a national minority or assets The association represents humanitarian values ​​such as respect, tolerance, openness and freedom of movement for all and with its involvement secure a decent life for all.  [Translated from German.]

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Can't Do Nothing
Millions of refugees seek the one thing you might be taking for granted: a home. The #cantdonothing Campaign provides simple ways for you to help.

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Logo for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of 90 NGOs protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons. Our mission is to promote the establishment of fair and humane European asylum policies and practices in accordance with international human rights law.

Working together with our members and partners to inform and persuade European authorities and the public, we monitor and denounce human rights violations while proposing and promoting fair and effective durable solutions. We accomplish our mission through research, advocacy and the sharing of knowledge and expertise.

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FairCoop Refugees Fund
This fund will focus on helping autonomous and self-managed projects involving refugees and solving their need to retain full control over the decisions made in their lives. For example new settlements, and the creation of productive and holistic initiatives with which they can fulfill their material and immaterial needs on a daily basis, while offering something useful to the society in which they find themselves.

Cooperative working initiatives can also be included, giving the newcomers an opportunity to become self-employed, beyond the control of states over their right to work. And of course grassroots solidarity movements who work on an open and participative basis can apply for their costs to be covered.

This proposal is also intended for those who have undergone forced displacement for economic and environmental reasons, and includes stateless people who are in the difficult situation of having no rights because of the behavior of their countries of origin or third countries that don’t recognize them as citizens.

The goal of this proposal is to get at least 500,000 Faircoins (the minimum amount to create a fund in FairCoop) towards the needs of refugees today in the world.

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Logo for First Contact
First Contact is an European-wide solution for the information lack refugees are facing when entering the EU. We focus on providing important information and bridging the language gap for refugees via our Webpage, Facebook and local volunteers. Transparency is the key to more efficient processes for local authorities and empowerment of refugees.

Note. This site, available in English, Arabic, and Pashto, is updated frequently.

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Help Refugees works fast to send aid & assistance to refugees across Europe. The help we provide includes basic aid (food/clothes), sanitation, medical aid, volunteer support, shelters, search & rescue and outreach work.

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HOAXmap arose from the desire to bring order to the plurality of scattered rumors and facilitate the deconstruction selbiger. All "resolutions" are extracted and linked mainstream media. If no date is listed for each incident, the date of the article was taken. In the few cases where no specific location was indicated, the capital of the council or state has been adopted. In the collection also some rumors emerge that do not directly relate to asylum seekers. Firstly, some cases have been taken up with rumors of people with "southern appearance" or "not a German accent". This kind of description is currently often associated with fugitives. Secondly, also alleged crimes or repressive measures are listed against participants racist demonstrations. These have been included because they also reinforce the narrative of opinion repression and the worldview of rumors storytellers. [Translated from the original German.]

Note. This site is searchable.

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InterEuropean Human Aid Association (IHA)
Thousands of people are on their difficult journey to Europe. They desperately need our help. The mission of InterEuropean Human Aid Association (IHA) is, on their journey quickly and efficiently to afford refugees protection and assistance - with a team of volunteers, in close cooperation with NGOs, directly in the forming refugee camps at the EU's external borders.

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Mapfugees
Mapping requires an awareness of surroundings, analysis of infrastructure, identification of needs and detailed, accurate work. All these qualities are essential to start a new life, no matter which country and profession. To reactivate these abilities and evoke potential under such difficult circumstances, to create a sense of togetherness and foster self-reliance seems like an incredible chance to ease integration into a new society.

They should be given this chance.

Why map refugee camps?

Informal as well as official refugee camps are evolving into semi-permanent yet continuously changing home for thousands of people, with a variable number of new arrivals and departures. The current infrastructure and facilities are a joint achievement of the camp community, volunteers and NGOs. Residents attend classes at school, do their shopping, get together in restaurants and listen to music in the camp theatre. They see their doctor, line up at the distribution points and pray in their places of worship. But there is no publicly accessible repository of this information. The existing maps from NGOs and public facilities are customized for specific purposes which don't necessarily align with the perception and needs of the camp residents. These needs include street names, signposting and rapid updates of free wifi hotspots and mobile charging stations.

We put these camps on the map.

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News That Moves - News for People traveling the Balkan Route to Europe [in English, Arabic, Farsi, and Greek]
We are news and information for travelers across the Balkans through to the borders of Europe are available in Arabic, Persian, English and Greek. We hope to provide you with the information about safety and knowledge of what is going on during the trip. Please visit our website and use the link to ask any questions and tell us what you need to know from the border and asylum laws, registration, transportation, services and more. We will do our best to get that information. [Translated from Arabic.]

Note. Information for Greece, Germany, and Austria is included.

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No Borders Network
No human being is illegal 
#refugees
#refugeesGr
#SosEurope
#SafePassage
#OpenEUborders

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Refugee Aid News & Need
Connecting hands to help ♥

Also follow our map for an overview over the need and the teams working to help the refugees.

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Refugee Air is an initiative aimed at enabling refugees to safely travel into the EU.

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Logo for Refugee Hero
Refugee Hero is a – mobile friendly – website with similar functionality to Airbnb. Heroes post a listing to accommodate a refugee. Listings can come from private heroes or from organizations opening up their facilities; such as churches, mosques, schools and universities. Refugees can directly access their data to make an appointment or the volunteers and government officials responsible can use Refugee Hero as an intermediary.

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Refugeeinfo.eu
[This site provides detailed informational how-tos for refugees arriving in Europe. The user selects a language -- English, Greek, Arabic, or Farsi -- and then selects a country, an area, or a city from a map. This is a collaborative effort of Google.org, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, the Disaster Tech Lab, and NetHope.

[Originally the name was Crisis Info Hub.]

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Refugee Rights on the Road (RROR) -- Forgotten in Idomeni
Mobile unit with up to date info for people travelling through Europe. Offering free WiFi, phone charging and phone loan.

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Refugee Routes

Note. This multilingual site contains information about boat safety, legal concerns, women and children, smugglers killing refugees, the Syria-Turkey border, and European agencies.

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Logo for Refugee Text
Refugee Text works with trusted organisations to deliver the most critical information refugees need, in their own language [in English and Arabic, using chatbots]. We are currently testing a service in Europe to deliver information on the Dublin regulation, applying for asylum, general advice and helpful contacts. This test includes information on Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The full scale service will include information on additional European countries. Message "hi" to this page to use the service.

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Trace the Face - Migrants in Europe - Restoring Family Links
Every year, National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies are contacted by hundreds of families who have lost contact with to their relatives somewhere within or on their way to Europe. 

The Tracing Services of the National Societies try to help these families to find their family members. 

However, the search is often difficult, because for example:

Now, the Restoring Family Links Network would like to give families the chance to look for their loved ones in an active way: families can have their photo published on our website or on Red Cross posters in several countries in Europe

The publication of photos will give family members the possibility to contact a Red Cross office and to get in contact with their family who tries to find them.

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United Rescues
The intent of our organisation is to help those who flee war and poverty to seek refuge in Europe.

Over 2000 refugees have died in the Mediterranean sea just this year. And those who reach land may get lost, suffer from lack of food and water, be injured and so on.

At this point there are no legal ways to Europe, there is no way to seek asylum from abroad. This is why more and more people risk their lives on sea. This is why smugglers can put too many people in too small boats.

Until we have legal ways to seek asylum in Europe and until the conflict in Syria is resolved, until people stop fleeing Eritrea, Nigeria and other countries, we need to make sure that those who flee reaches the shores of Europe to use their human right of asking for asylum and refuge. Join us to help!

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Logo for Welcome to Europe
Welcome to Europe provides information to refugees and migrants that might be useful on their journey to and through Europe. We want to give access to counseling and useful contacts in different european countries.

From the very start at the outer borders of Europe, many forces are going in an inhuman direction: people are refused entry, are imprisoned and deported. Nevertheless they are coming - challenging the migration regime. And there are movements supporting them in their struggle for a better life.

"I can see clearly now what Europe looks like, that it sends its armies to fight us at the sea and puts us in awful prisons. Together we have to start a second journey to another safe place that might exist in the future." (Eritrean woman, arriving on the island of Lesvos)

We welcome all travellers on their difficult trip and wish all of them a good journey - because freedom of movement is everybody's right!

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The Balkans and Hungary

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I'm Humon Organization (iHo) is non-profit organization giving a hand to all refugees & people in need in the Balkans, located in Zajecar/Serbia on the Bulgarian-Serbian borders.

IHo is committed to urgent medical situations as well as first aid packages,

Located in Serbia and Macedonia.

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Logo for International Relations for Peace
International Relations for Peace (IRPeace) is an European-based organisation. Our primary amd main task to support war refugees and those living in poverty. 

Presently our international network mainly focuses to support those war refugees, who are running away from Syria, Pakistan, Iraqe and from the other warm-torn territories to Europe, coordinating arriving donations from Hungary to Macedonia, Croatia with co-ordination centers in Budapest and Szeged.

International Relations for Peace is collecting donations to our international voluntary groups, who give helping hand refugees in Southern part of Europe: Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary. Refugees need food, water, medicines, blankets, tents, sanitary, warm clothes. In particular, we keep eye on children: they need diapers, baby food, juice, milk, fruit and warm clothes. Donations introduced on the South, Szeged-Röszke-Belgrade-Macedonia line for refugees who ar on their way to Europe. 

International Relations for Peace is independent form any political party affiliation. Our activities are based on humanitarian aid, regardless religion, nationality, gender, political party affiliation - and frontiers. 

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Logo for Legis
Legis is a humanitarian Non-Profit Civil Society Organization that provides necessary humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, irregular and detained migrants and people in need. We exist to protect life, alleviate suffering and oppression and ensure dignity, respect for human rights and social justice.

We provide assistance based on the needs of our target population, with respect of human rights, our principles and the principles of humanitarian work.

Our activities in the last two years are focused on response to the mixed migration flows in Macedonia, as LEGIS is the first NGO to provide organized response since 2014.

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Refugee Aid Serbia

Helping refugees in Serbia who are trying to escape war.

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Refugee Crisis in Hungary

Our aim is to create English publications about the refugee crisis currently happening in Hungary by translating Hungarian articles, interviews and reports, and creating our own content. In the international media, there’s a dire shortage of information beyond official government communication and next to no representation of realistic scenarios. We wish to fill this gap. We’d like to achieve for the whole world to have a deeper insight into the situation and to reveal the true weight of it.

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WAHA Balkan is ensuring that women and children are provided with essential medical care as well as nutritional and hygiene support for their children.

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Belgium


Refugees Welcome Belgium
Nous montrons notre solidarité avec ceux qui cherchent une vie meilleure chez nous... Refugees Welcome est une initiative citoyenne lancée par des associations souhaitant offrir la possibilité aux citoyens d’exprimer leur solidarité et d’agir concrètement pour répondre à l’inertie de nos gouvernements face aux drames rencontrés par les migrants en Europe.

Ces associations sont - Deze organisaties zijn Amnesty International, le CIRE, le CNCD, la Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, Médecins du Monde, le Réseau Wallon de Lutte contre la Pauvreté, Hart boven Hart,11.11.11.

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We Can Help est une plateforme qui centralise les offres des citoyens qui souhaitent participer à l'élan de solidarité face à la détresse humaine. [WeCanHelp is a platform collecting offers from citizens, companies and associations wishing to take part in the solidarity drive... we want to promote any pragmatic solutions to issues related to refugee integration, regardless of political, ideological or religious ties.]

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France

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Calais Action is a grassroots giving movement, supported by a network of volunteers who aim to provide support to those in Calais and Europe and raise awareness of the growing humanitarian crisis currently occurring.

In August 2015 Libby Freeman established the group to support the growing refugee crisis in mainland Europe.

Returning from her first visit to Calais to take donations to 'The Jungle' Libby felt more needed to be done to support the growing refugee crisis and so Calais Action was founded. 

We have received extensive support from the international media including; The Guardian, TIME, ITV News, Grazia Magazine, BBC World News, CBC, This Morning, BBC2, London Live, The One Show, Al Jazeera.

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Calais People-to-People Solidarity -- Action from UK
is an informal group of individuals, with different backgrounds or opinions, mainly based in UK who decides daily to keep on working together in order to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Calais and surrounding.

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L'Auberge des Migrants est une association de type loi 1901, indépendante de toute religion et de tout mouvement politique. 

Son but est : 

- d'assister matériellement (notamment du point de vue alimentaire), moralement et juridiquement, par tous les moyens dont elle dispose, toute personne en difficulté lors de son passage dans le calaisis, et cela gratuitement.
- toute action visant à améliorer la situation des migrants.
- de soutenir juridiquement tout membre de l'association.

Note. English translation available through Bing.

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Refugee Info Bus
provides access to technology and legal resources to refugees in north France. We believe that access to information that is already freely available will help refugees better understand their situation in Europe and aid in individuals making informed decisions about their own future.

The Refugee Info Bus provides free internet access, facilitate the work of asylum lawyers and other groups, and provide multilingual legal information on all EU countries and the rights of refugees.

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Arriving in Berlin - A Guide for Newcomers
What does it mean to be a newcomer in Berlin? What does it mean to be a newcomer and a refugee in Berlin? These questions are the starting point for the collective mapping project “Arriving in Berlin” –  researched and developed by Hamidullah Ehrari, Mohammad Yari, Farhad Ramazanali, Alhadi Aldebs, residents of Haus Leo, in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

The map is especially meant to support refugees in answering question like: Where in Berlin do I find free counseling services for refugees? Where can I attend free German classes? Where can I find a doctor who speaks Farsi? Where do I find a library to read, study or have access to the Internet?

It has been developed collectively over the course of several months, during workshops, conversations and reflections, translated into EnglishArabic and Farsi, and published online, using an open source mapping tool. The “content” of the maps is based on both the personal experience of the working group as well as pro-active research.

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Germany Guide for Refugees

Note. This multilingual guide includes informational articles, resources, first-person stories, and tips for refugees in Germany.

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GoVolunteer
wants to make refugee assistance simple and accessible to everyone, so that more people can help.Together we can achieve a lot!

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Wefugees - community without borders is a Q & A community and a meeting point for refugees, volunteers and organizations. 

On Wefugees.de they can give support to each other and share information not only concerning legal matters and asylum proceedings, but also taking into account aspects of daily life such as culture, sports activities or good Halal food.

„I would love to help but I don’t have enough time to do so“. This answer is simply not acceptable. No matter if you are at home, sitting on the couch, on the train or having your lunch break; on Wefugee anyone can answer questions and give support to others at any time.

Understanding and tolerance must be built up through both sides. This is what we want to achieve with Wefugee. Our main aim is to promote integration through communication between refugees and locals in order to bring them closer.

Together we can improve the situation of thousands of refugees so that they can easily continue with their lives here. We need your knowledge, which you can share on our platform!

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Greece

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The Athens News Agency/Macedonian News Agency
The Greek national news service ANA-MPA has launched a free news and information website in Arabic dedicated to asylum seekers and refugees.

The site includes news, maps, useful tips, links, guidelines and announcements for Arabic-speaking refugees issued by the Greek Coordinating Body for Refugees.

The website is mobile and tablet-compatible.

Note. ANAMPA is also available in Greek, English, and Turkish.

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Do Your Part Disaster Response is committed to doing our part to assist in the first response, relief, and long-term recovery needs of communities during and in the aftermath of disasters, natural, or man-made. Do Your Part works diligently with survivors to help them regain self sufficiency, sustainability and confidence. We maintain a grassroots approach to better assist the masses, and in 'peace time' work passionately to involve communities and individuals to prepare for disaster and to adopt the Pay It Forward concept.

Note: Do Your Part is US-based, but has refugee assistance projects in Greece.

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Earth Refugee
In late February 2016, when the borders of Greece to the north were closing, Organization Earth moved a team of its personnel to the Port of Piraeus to help coordinate the efforts in the makeshift refugee camp. By early March we were responsible for most of the cooking in the entire Port, preparing more than 110.000 fresh meals on-site during our 60 day presence. We were co-responsible for the day-to-day operation of Gate E2, a 1500 person refugee transit center, including the coordination of its volunteers, procuring supplies and offering proper accommodation in hotels and private homes for vulnerable cases (pregnant women, the elderly, etc). 

The Port of Piraeus has since closed but Earth Refugee has continued its efforts. It now operates in three Refugee Sites in Athens and surrounding areas, as well as our office in downtown Athens, collaborating with Greek authorities, international and local NGOs, independent volunteers, and camp residents. Earth Refugee is the latest initiative of Organization Earth, consisting of basic but often overlooked adaptation, integration and developmental tools and services for refugees.

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Echo100Plus
We are a group of women with a strong relation to Greece who, in 2012, founded “Echo100Plus” in Vienna, Austria. We established our organisation in order to support our neighbours in need. Our goal is to support sustainable, functioning, non-governmental social projects in Greece that currently do not receive enough support due to the current catastrophic economic situation in the country.

In face of the rapidly worsening refugee crisis, we have made it our main priority to support on-site organisations dealing with this adversity. Increasing numbers of refugees are arriving on the Greek coasts daily, making existing resources, volunteers and space increasingly scarce on many of the affected islands. 

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FoodKIND
People are often left with no other option but to risk everything and flee with the hope of finding somewhere safe, secure and stable for them and their families to settle. 

However, it is not an easy journey to make and that’s why FoodKIND intends to be there!

With the number of refugees and displaced people continually rising, the conditions in and around the refugee camps, detention centres and key routes are rapidly deteriorating with people struggling to fulfil their basic human needs. One of the biggest issues faced is the lack of consistent and sufficient food supply in these areas. 

At FoodKIND, our aim is to fill that gap and provide as many meals as possible to those who no longer have the option to provide for themselves. 

Our work is mission based, focusing on the provision and distribution of food in areas where there are large concentrations of refugees and displaced people and where there is a significant absence of consistent and sufficient food supply.

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Forgotten in Idomeni
Only Syrian, Afghani, and Iraqi refugees are being allowed to the Greek border to FYROM. Thousands are stranded at Idomeni. Updates from volunteers.

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The Get Shit Done Team
The team started with a mobile workshop to build sun shades, drainage, flood prevention, community spaces in refugee camps in Northern Greece. 

They now operate from The Help Refugees Greece Warehouse in Thessaloniki. They also support food distribution, clothing and other items to make refugees' lives better. With the help of volunteers they've created temporary stoves made from car rims, flooring for the tents and bikes which increase mobility. 

​Now that the borders are closed in Northern Greece the majority of refugees are stuck and waiting for deployment to other counties. This can take years or months, so it's important that we help these vulnerable people while they're in limbo. 

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Greek Forum of Refugees (GFR)
was founded in 2010. The aim of the GFR is to create a sustainable structure that will unite all refugees living in Greece through the implementation of a collaborative program of action, helping in this way to the difficult and lengthy process of obtaining asylum and defending the rights of refugees and smooth integration into Greek society. Central idea of establishing the GFR is that none of this can be achieved without the participation of the target group, the refugees.

Members can be organized in groups, recognized by statute or informal , and individual refugees and asylum seekers can register as associate members with the right to participate and making decisions concerning administrative and organizational needs based on the GFR voluntary help.

The duty of every state is to protect its citizens and ensure their fundamental rights. Where this requirement is not met, the citizens of a state are forced to become refugees to seek asylum in one of the states that have ratified the Geneva Convention (including Greece to 3989 / 1959 ) , and the State is required to provide protection. Also , according to the text of the Convention the host hasn't the right to deport refugees back to areas where they are at risk , nor to discriminate between different groups of refugees.

According to the Geneva Convention " ... anyone who is a refugee because well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion , nationality , membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of origin and is unable or owing to such fear is unwilling to subject to the protection of that country..."

The rights of refugees including asylum, security , respect for physical integrity and social and economic rights equivalent to those of citizens of the host country . Obligation of refugees is to respect and observe the laws of the host state.

In Greece, among those who collectively termed derogatory and "irregular immigrants" there are many who come from countries that are at war because of military operations or civil war (e.g,, Syria, Iraq , Afghanistan , Somalia , Sudan ) or authoritarian regime (e.g., Iran) , are by definition refugees . Beyond the moral and humanitarian obligation of the international community and Greece for their support, these people are protected for a network of international conventions and Greek laws. On this basis, it is seamless entry to the country who wish to seek asylum , access to the asylum procedure , the fair examination of the asylum application , providing shelter , food and medical care, as well as the work permit and the granting of benefits. Greece lags and delays with respect to its obligations.

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The HOME Project
is a non-profit organization set up to address the needs of refugee and child migrants, who arrive in Greece alone. We move children from the streets, camps, police stations, detention centers and bring them to the safety of our HOMES, where they receive support, protection and social integration services.

We are operating five HOMES where more than 100 children receive a holistic network of services covering food, shelter, material, medical, psychosocial, and legal, support. All kids obtain immediate access to education and training.

At the heart of this disaster is the little told story of the children, refugees who have been ripped from their homelands through violence and war, and who seek the basic security which most of us take for granted. Over half of the displaced population are children. Many of them are unaccompanied, alone, forced to fend for themselves and at risk of danger. This number continues to increase and with border closures they are now stranded in Greece. Thousands of children are without parents, family or any kind of guardian and urgently need support.

These children are scattered around the refugee camps, police stations and detention centres. The living conditions are horrific and inhumane. Through no fault of their own, these children are the innocent victims of this crisis. They flee from violence only to find it again at a European border. They are the silent heart of this disaster.

The HOME Project exists to bring these people to safe haven. It provides security, dignity and decent living conditions for the most vulnerable. It serves to recognize our common humanity and to do something for those who need it most. At the HOME Project, we Help, Overcome, Motivate, Empower. Together we hope to build a better future.

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Humanity Crew
We are an organization of enthusiastic volunteers from all over the world.
نحن منظمة أغاثة مكونة من متطوعين ومتطوعات من كل انحاء العالم.

Our VISION is to connect volunteers with communities from current and future war zones, or natural disaster areas, around the world.

Our current MISSION is to coordinate and provide professional emergency relief to Syrian, Iraqi and other refugees arriving in the Greek islands, to save lives and speed their recovery process.

While volunteering for three weeks in Lesvos, we noticed the acute need for emergency doctors, nurses and medics on the beaches; as well as a pressing shortage of potentially life-saving medical equipment. While certain shores are equipped and staffed, others are unfortunately left unattended. Refugee lives of all ages are currently being lost, which otherwise might be saved. The children, in particular, remain among the most vulnerable.

Our coordination with existing organizations has enabled us to determine precisely where such professional help is mostly urgently required. In addition, there is an urgent demand for Arabic-speaking psychologists and social workers to accompany the refugees’ families, with a particular focus on those who have lost family members and loved ones during their ordeal.

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Humans for Humanity is a non-profit organization which provides emergency relief and immediate aid to underserved and vulnerable refugees in Greece.

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I AM YOU is an international organization operating in refugee camps in Greece. Our mission is to protect human rights and make the lives of displaced men, women and children better. We envision a world where all people fleeing war, conflict and disaster are treated with dignity, compassion  and respect. We strive to create change through humanitari an programs focusing on education,  youth activities and expressive  arts. We also provide camp management  services and conduct global advocacy work to raise awareness.

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Immigrant and Refugee Support in Greece
This group is to coordinate the help provided to refugees in Athens. We give orientation to volunteers as well as refugees regarding the NGOs, squats and camps in Athens and its suburbs (Attica region).

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InterVolve is an independent, Greek NGO providing aid and assistance to refugees in Greece, mainly in camp Softex, a military run camp outside Thessaloniki. We are comprised of International volunteers and funded by donations from private individuals and larger NGOs. Our aim is to provide assistance to people based on need regardless of religion, race or political affiliation.

Our main function is to distribute essential items to our community members, this includes clothes, shoes, hygiene products and food as well as other essentials. We also provide a wide range of activities which are catered to the needs of our community members.

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Khora is a co-operative foundation offering on-going compassionate support for refugees stuck in Athens and the surrounding area. The term Khora has its origins in ancient Greek philosophy. It can be described as a 'placeless place', a space in which borders cease to exist, in which all people are thus free. We believe all humans are equal and deserve equal care and rights. Our efforts include food, sanitation, language skills, asylum casework, and social work

We are a collective of individuals who met on Lesvos while working with Skipchen and Better Days For Moria and have decided to bring our skills together in order to create Khora. As a group our skillset is wide ranging. We are chefs, architects, social workers, writers and IT technicians, and have training and experience in international development, mental health, support work and teaching. As individuals we have been on the ground since the refugee crisis escalated in 2015 and have provided solutions to the changing refugee situation in Calais, Serbia, Lesvos and Athens. 

We work across the board with many different groups and organisations, believing this is the most effective way to channel resources to where they are needed.

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Lighthouse Relief is a Swedish NGO with a branch based in Greece, registered as the Greek NGO Lighthouse Relief Hellas. We are operating with skilled volunteers from all over the world. We provide relief to refugees that are stranded in mainland Greece and those still arriving on the Greek island of Lesvos. On Lesvos, we also support the local residents in restoring their beautiful island through our Lighthouse ECO Relief clean-up project.

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Operation Refugee Child (ORC) distributes backpacks filled with basic necessities to bring comfort, health, safety and warmth to refugee children and families who have left everything behind. In October 2015, two American mothers of Middle-Eastern descent felt compelled to do something about the refugee crisis; they decided to bring refugee children backpacks full of supplies that would provide comfort, safety, health and warmth for the journey to asylum. They planned to raise money to distribute 300 backpacks, but were filled with gratitude when thousands of people all over the world pledged funds to help refugee children. Thanks to their support and the work of our volunteers, Operation Refugee Child will distribute 10,000 backpacks this year. We wish refugee families good luck and hope our backpacks help their journey. For questions or comments please contact OperationRefugeeChild@gmail.com.

Note: ORC works in Greece, Jordan, and the US.

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Project Clothes' aim is to provide the people living in refugee camps all over Northern Greece with clothes and shoes, offering a mobile shop in a truck filled with items, so that every person can choose the proper sizes and their individual style.

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Project Elea consists of a group of International volunteers from around the world, who have come together to help improve the living conditions and time usage of the refugees and migrants who are being hosted at the ELEONAS Camp in Athens, Greece. Approved by the Greek Ministry of Migration, Project Elea will work as an independent team assigned, with providing specific services, improving processes and setting-up a variety of new structures. Eleonas is an open government-run centre, meaning that the refugees residing there are free to enter and exit as they wish but access is restricted to outsiders. The population currently stands at 2400 people of various nationalities. Their basic needs in terms of security, housing, food and medical attention are provided for by the Greek authorities and some of the large NGOs, but otherwise there are dramatic needs that our team will attempt to cover, particularly in the following areas:

- infrastructure improvements
- food distribution 
- clothing distribution
- creative engagement
- sports
- playground & activities for children
- culture centre
- skill-sharing workshops
- waste management & recycling

These are the areas that Project Elea aims to focus on initially; later on, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and other actors, we will possibly take a role in facilitating the education of children while one of our long-term objectives is to set-up an industrial kitchen onsite to prepare food of higher quality for the whole community, encouraging the direct involvement of refugees in the production of meals closer to their culinary traditions, thus ultimately replacing the meals presently provided by catering companies. By all indications, the refugees who are currently in Greece will be staying in the country for the medium-long term and taking this into consideration, our project is one without a defined timeline, we will be around as long as we are needed!

The main goal of Project Elea is to create a strong feeling of community and the guiding philosophy is to achieve this through the engagement and empowerment of the refugees, by seeking their active participation in all the different services and processes. Refugees should be allowed and even expected to contribute in the building of their own, new, community; in the process of significantly improving their living conditions, they will use their time in a productive and satisfying way ultimately feeling respected and integrated, both comfortable and proud to be living there. In the long run, the goal is for the community to become as self-sustainable as possible, instead of continuing to depend entirely on the help of the authorities and the volunteers.

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Solidarity with Refugees in Greece

The Self-organized Initiative of Solidarity with Refugees and Immigrants was formed and activated in Pedio tou Areos in Athens, where hundreds of refugees were concentrated, during the summer of 2015. From September until today, it hasn't stopped its persistent actions in Victoria Square and its whereabouts, a central square of the city where many refugees stay or pass by daily. From the beginning of October and henceforward, the Self-organized Initiative has become active in the island of Lesvos, creating in Skala Sikaminias a structure of solidarity, which is now supported by dozens of solidarity individuals and volunteers. 

We have no cooperation with any governmental institutions, we are individuals and groups united under the political demand for self-organisation and solidarity among the people.

The open meeting of the Self-organized Initiative of Solidarity with Refugees and Immigrants takes place every Monday at 19.00.

Self- organized Initiative of Solidarity with Refugees and Immigrants 
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Zaatar
Located in Athens, Zaatar assists the displaced population of refugees in Europe through a focus on unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable refugees such as single mothers.

Our name is inspired by that of a wonderful mix of herbs from the Middle East that is enjoyed by many. Just as the herbs combine together with a complementary result, we believe that people with various backgrounds, skills, and interests can too.

United, with volunteers from around the world, our collective goal is to assist those refugees who are searching for peace and freedom

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Idomeni

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Team Bananas is distributing bananas with a smile to the children living in the Idomeni camp and the surrounding gas station camps EKO, BP and Hara. Starting with 4 boxes of bananas (400 bananas appr.) in the beginning of March, we are now providing 4500 children with a nutritious breakfast.

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Lesvos

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American Volunteers for Lesvos
Lesvos Island is currently facing a tremendous influx of refugees seeking asylum in Europe as the island is one of the main entry points for the refugees. Given the large number of people arriving, resources and manpower become quickly expended. The purpose of this group is to establish a network and communication for any U.S. based volunteer or organization that is currently in Lesvos or will be traveling to Lesvos helping with the influx of refugees. This group will hopefully help us all to work together as a team, provide daily updates of the current events, provide any necessary information that any volunteer or organization would need to know while on Lesvos or departure to the island. This group will also help us financially through everyone communicating on finding discounted airfares, hotels, resources on shipment of supplies, local contacts, sponsorship's, etc.

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Atlantic Pacific International Rescue Boat Project started as a project between UWC Atlantic College UAL Chelsea College of Arts and Future Lab Tohoku, an NGO based in Japan. The idea was to start a lifeboat service in the tsunami effected region on the North East Coast. The Project has expanded and we are now planning a major scale charity that provides lifeboats where lifeboats are needed. We are currently working on a number of projects: A prototype lifeboat which will be sent to Japan in August 2016. We have just sent a boat to Lesbos to help with the refugee crisis and have started to construct a second boat to go in Easter. We are also developing a new concept: Lifeboat in A Box, which we will publish the progress of here.

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Because We Carry (BWC)
started with providing mothers on the fuge on Lesvos with baby carriers. Now we also deliver other primary aid, like food, tents and dry clothes.

Because We Carry acts according the saying ‘less talk, more action’. On Lesvos, rotating teams of volunteers act to elevate the ongoing human suffering of people arriving on their way to a safe haven. The teams help those arriving on feeble boats on the inhospitable shore, by handing out dry clothes, deliver baby carriers for the long walking journey ahead, and supply the often exhausted people with food. We also aim to bring joy, and spark some hope and respect into this further desperate context.

To make our charity on the island as lean as possible, we daily decide on which needs we are going to gain our attention and budget. We are a hands-on organization, UNCHR approved and collaborate with various parties present. Equally, Because We Carry participates in larger projects, like readying facilities for new arrivals together with Levos Winterproof. We are a foundation without overhead costs, plus our teams of volunteers provide their own sponsoring for flights and accommodation: every collected euro will go straight to its purpose.

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Better Days for Moria

This is a platform to help volunteers coordinate to improve conditions for refugees forced to camp in the olive groves whilst they await registration.

Moria is a registration point for refugees arriving on the island of Lesvos, Greece from Turkey. Due to migration patterns and registration process, Moria's population fluctuates between 0

and 8,000. The facilities of this transit camp can only cater for 1,500. Whenever the population awaiting registration swells people camp on the olive groves with no food, sanitation, shelter, etc. The situation is improving and this is the place where volunteers can coordinate to ensure that it does.

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Dirty Girls of Lesvos - Wash It Instead

When the refugees arrive on Lesvos in unstable, overcrowded boats, they are drenched with sea water. They are given new clothes and their perfectly good, but wet clothes, are discarded and have mostly been trashed, therefore adding to the environmental problems of landfill on Lesvos. Now Dirty Girls collect the clothes and have them laundered at a commercial laundry. They are sorted and distributed so that they can be reused. Because of monetary donations, from people all over the world who want to help, we have been able to recycle many thousands of items of clothing.

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Drapen I Havet (A Drop in the Ocean)

Dråpen i Havet er en stiftelse som er blitt til etter et enormt engasjement fra mennesker over hele Norge etter initiativtaker Trudes reise til øya Lesvos.

[From their website]  The concept “A Drop in the Ocean” is to make an effort to help those who need it the most, transporting necessary equipment and hands-on action to the refugees. Founder Trude Jacobsen wanted to see for herself what was really going on, and set up a Facebook group before travelling to Lesvos in August 2015.

Since then, we have had continuous presence on the Lesvos island with coordinators and teams of volunteers from all walks of life.

From October 2015 we have also established ourselves on the island of Chios.

These islands have an enormous influx of refugees from Syria and other countries, departing the Turkish coast in tiny boats.

Periodically, we have also been able to help people in need on the island of Samos, in Athens, in Macedonia and in Turkey.

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Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) - operates in Lesvos aims to assist the large flow of incoming refugees by providing its assets forSearch and Rescue (SAR) both offshore and ashore – the first critical task in such situations.
We are International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) members to improve our SAR coordination and response and prevent accidents.

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Information Point for Lesvos Volunteers

Questions about volunteering on Lesvos? **READ THE PINNED POST AND FILES**
This includes links to key information, and guidelines for membership in this group.

This is a forum for discussing ways to help the refugees arriving on Lesvos, and to support the volunteer teams working there. Thank you all for your great hearts and spirits for wanting to help the refugees on their dreadful journey and welcome them with dignity to Europe.

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Lesvos Winterproof
maakt kamp Moria in Lesbos klaar voor de winter. Geïnspireerd door het opzetten van grote festivals op plekken waar vrijwel niets is en het organiseren van andere evenementen, vult Lesvos Winterproof het gat op het vlak van onderdak, veiligheid, logistiek, crowdmanagement en productie. Dit doen wij met onze vrienden die net als wij werkzaam zijn in de evenementenindustrie en zo veel mogelijk

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Lifeguard Hellas Save & Rescue Team
We are lifeguards...we save lives. we are the only greek lifeguard volunteer team that we operate in Lesvos daily since 7/11/2015 with our 24/7 lifeguard station in Molyvos and with shifts in Mitilini.

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Pikpa Lesvos
is an open refugee camp in Mytilene, Lesvos. It a self-organised, autonomous space run by volunteers and is built on the principle of solidarity. Pikpa opened three years ago and is now a growing and evolving camp in response to the dynamic nature of the refugee crisis on the island. 

WHAT & WHO? Pikpa provides refugees with shelter and hospitality but not registration. The refugees who stay at Pikpa are some of the most vulnerable: disabled, sick, pregnant and the families of victims of shipwrecks. We offer food, clothes, hygiene kits, medical assistance. We also organize activities for children, language classes and social support. 

ACTIVITIES: In collaboration with the Social Kitchen, we provide 1500-2000 meals a day and distribute them to the port or Moria; we distribute clothes and blankets to new arrivals; we monitor police violence and facilitate access to medical help at Moria camp. We also welcome boat arrivals on the Mytilene coast, ensure that refugees safely disembark and transport the most vulnerable and/or disabled to the hospital or camps. 

AIMS: We believe that no human is illegal and that borders should be open. Pikpa is the only open camp in Lesvos and it is our dream that all refugee reception centres are run in this way. Our main objective is to stand in active solidarity with the refugees and fight against the barbaric European immigration policies. We raise awareness and do advocacy work around human rights violations and any acts of humiliation, violence and attacks against refugees. We work with local people to involve them in our work in order to promote community and sustainable action. 

DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS: We rely on the kindness of individuals. We are in need of donations and volunteers. For clothes and food donations, please message us. Volunteers take on a number of tasks including cleaning, maintenance, food distribution, clothes organisation and distribution.

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MarhaCar uses volunteer drivers on Lesvos and volunteer coordinators working remotely from around the world to supply refugee camps and boat landing spots on Lesvos with needed items and emergency supplies, 24/7.

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Starfish Foundation -- Help for refugees in Molyvos

Every day Molyvos and the rest of Lesvos (Greece) receive refugees who have escaped from their country. Starfish Foundation helps people in need.

For several years, refugees have been arriving on the shores of northern Lesvos in Greece. Local volunteers have offered assistance by handing out food and dry clothes to the

refugees.  When numbers started increasing rapidly in November this year, the relief effort grew, and locals were joined by volunteers from all over the world. As the organization grew, we founded the Starfish Foundation in October this year. The foundation doesn't only provide assistance to those people rescued by the coast guard, but also manage transit camp OXY in which people are gathered before travelling onward to the island's capital Mytilini where registration is done. Estimates suggest that over 200.000 people have received help from our volunteers.

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Syrian United Refugee Fund (SURF) was founded by a small group of San Francisco Bay Area residents who traveled to Lesvos, Greece to donate their time as an independent volunteer initiative. Our goal is to raise money to directly assist families who seek asylum in Europe due to the European refugee crisis. Tens of thousands of people have landed on Lesvos in order to register with the European Border Control Agency. Circumstances of war and political infighting have made life even more difficult for these people who must now deal with unforgiving weather, hunger, and medical issues as they travel north through Europe. They receive no aid from any government and rely solely on the donations and efforts of volunteers whose resources are being quickly depleted.

Note. A Berkeley staff member founded SURF.

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Services in the Middle East

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Refugee Utility Project was started in August 2015 in response to the Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis. Since our inception we have been very fortunate to partner alongside UNHCR and work together for a collective goal. 

Right now, our main mission has been tasked with locating and providing emergency relief and aid in the forms of food, medical care and supplies, updated registration/UN contact information, and necessary utilities to sustain life (stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, supplies for shelter). 

We have expanded to create the first permanent school in Rukban, Syria, with our partner organization Acting 4 Change Jordan.

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Lebanon

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This closed Facebook group that has been helping Syrian refugees who live in exile in Lebanon is a one-stop shop for information for refugees wanting help with topics ranging from how to report abuse to accessing the services and assistance provided by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partners.

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Sawa for Development & Aid
At the end of the year 2011, the youth initiative Sawa4Syria was founded as a reaction to the dire gap in fulfilling the needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Sawa was among the first initiatives on the ground, encompassing a big number of students, individuals, professionals, academics, and business men, Syrian, Lebanese, and of diverse nationalities and multiple backgrounds, united by a common aim: that humanitarian relief and development is a matter of social justice, and to raise the living standards of Syrian refugees particularly, and the families in need from all nationalities more generally, to the basic standards of a dignified life.

All efforts done by volunteers and those who supported the initiative (both materially and morally) helped Sawa4Syria to expand and become a non profit organization (Sawa for Development and Aid), to work in different areas, including but beyond relief, in projects that transform the individual from beneficiary to an independent agent in society.

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Syria

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Human Care Syria
Established in 2011, Human Care Syria is the working name of UK- registered NGO, Human Care Foundation Worldwide which delivers quality humanitarian aid to affected communities in Syria and neighbouring countries. Human Care Syria is governed by a collective board of trustees who regularly review and decide on initiatives responding to humanitarian needs in the country.

Human Care Syria operates according to universally recognised humanitarian principles, values and practices and in full compliance with the rules and regulations of UK charity law.

It was the crisis in Syria that prompted members of the Syrian diaspora across the United Kindgom to send aid and assistance to those suffering due to the conflict that marked our beginning as Human Care Syria. The plight of conflict torn Syria moved us to work untiringly to send convoys packed with medical aid and non-food items including winter hats, gloves and socks, which were driven by a dedicated team of volunteers to Syria.

Our mission is to deliver aid and development programmes to those who need it most in an efficient and effective way without prejudice to people’s religion, sex, age or ethnic background.

Beliefs and Values
We are dedicated to restoring stability to a war torn country by providing immediate aid and relief as well as being committed to the long term development of building a peaceful community in Syria. We seek to achieve this by implementing child development programmes and empowering individuals to rebuild their lives. We believe that supporting individuals, we are laying foundations for brighter futures not only for them, but for the entire community and empowering generations to come.

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Karam Foundation
We develop Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distribute Smart Aid to Syrian families, and fund Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians. 

Karam Foundation was founded in 2007 in Chicago — a small, non-profit organization determined to do big things. Karam means generosity in Arabic — our simple vision was to give what was needed to those who needed it anywhere around the world. Eight years ago, we started with a food drive on the south-side of Chicago. Today, our impact expands across Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, building a better future for thousands of Syrian families.

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The Syria Campaign
Our mission is to help build a movement of people armed with ideas and passion, in solidarity with Syrians everywhere, towards the goal of peace and freedom.

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Syria Civil Defense aka The White Helmets

Volunteer Syrian civil defence teams carry out search and rescue and fire fighting operations following attacks against civilians. They are apolitical and non-partisan: their mandate is to save lives. Ian Panel, a BBC Journalist who spent time with one of the Aleppo teams in April 2014 called their work; "The most dangerous job in one of the world's most dangerous cities."

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Turkey

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Afghan Refugees Association in Turkey

Note. Both the Facebook group and the website are in Farsi, but can be translated. News is not limited to Afghans in Turkey only.]

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Aegean Refugee Aid (ARA)
This page was created in order to give more information about the situation of the refugees in Izmir. We will also publish every single activity or program done by the volunteers. This page was not arranged by any organizations, except from the International students who are currently studying in Izmir.

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Because: Instanbul & Turkey Refugee Connections for Volunteer Teams
We are a team of volunteers working to aid refugees in Istanbul, and we are here to support other volunteers to do the same. We do so by connecting volunteers to projects needing help/resources in the city.

Note. This group uses Google Docs to organize volunteers.

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In Solidarity With Refugees in Izmir
This group is formed for the big hearted donors who have contributed to Bev's and Lewis' call to help refugees in Turkey. We want to share you our experince with the refugees, share their stories and demonstrate how your hand reaches to this part of the world and creates happiness for these people. We thank you all for being with us here!

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Refugee Volunteers of Izmir (ReVi)

Welcome to the Refugee Volunteers of IZMIR group! (IZMIR is the keyword here) 

We're a group of independent volunteers in Izmir. Our main goal is to help the refugees with sustainable solutions, so that they won't need our help anymore. We're focusing on the refugees who are going to have to stay in Turkey. NOT going to Europe.

Are you thinking about coming to Turkey to volunteer? 

We work with families for weeks and months, we prefer people able to stay long-term.

Here are some steps to take a look:

1- Please read the information at http://joinrevi.org/ and what we do every week at http://joinrevi.org/volunteers

2- If you'd like to join us, please email Chris at izmirvolunteers@gmail.com and he'll coordinate everything.

3- You may also look at other groups and organizations in Izmir at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XSo-4IkBhOaAVDg1-qsWCuDlRggjhKXK8KoGKW5NNzM/edit

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Last updated February 13, 2017

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