Love Without Borders-For Refugees

$22,355 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 234 people in 39 months
After 2 1/2 years of voluntary work with the refugees in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece and Serbia, I have focused my time to work in northern Greece, where there's over 60,000 displaced refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, amongst other countries. My focus is one one particular camp, Nea Kavala, as well as a housing community where families have been taken out of the camps. I am teaching English, German and offering art sessions.

I have a vast network of friends and donors that allows me to channel clothing, art supplies and other donations mainly to Greece.
We're already experiencing very cold temperatures in the evenings and have an urgent need for winter clothes in all the camps and housing communities. I tend to vulnerable cases in the camps. We have many pregnant women and women with many children.

In addition, I am teaching people how to design jewelry and sell it to sustain basic food and clothing costs.

I sell the beautiful children's drawings and give them 100% of the proceeds so their mothers/family have money for food. All supplies I buy myself or from donated art supplies through NeedsList.

Nea Kavala - Art Without Borders
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307016992976229/

Designs Without Borders - For Refugees In Need
https://www.facebook.com/groups/981189408660375/

I am on the front lines two to three weeks a month. I have close contact with all volunteers and displaced persons and need your support.

Thank you in advance to all the many people who have supported my personal campaign. We've been able to move mountains during this most difficult time and bring some joy and love to these people that have been displaced.

With much love,

Kayra
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The last few months, I’ve been able to spend a lot of time in Greece. I’ve moved the LWOB‘s project to Athens, Greece, as we have many families and children sleeping outside and not getting support that they need. We’ve housed a family from Afghanistan that were on the streets and couldn’t find housing, and placed them in a small apartment in the center. The children (5&9) were registered for school today and the 3 month old is back to health after many doctor visits. We’re inundated with calls for housing, food and basic needs for people that are displaced. The art project continues to flourish as we collect hundreds of pieces of art from around Greece. We have a wonderful line up this month in America, Belgium and Holland to show the art, talk about the situation and gather support for those displaced in Greece.
We’re
Preparing for 4 art shows this month.
Preparing for their first day of school.
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This evening I visited a family in this camp in northern Greece. They just had a baby (premature) and the newborn is still in hospital one hour away from them. They have no cash card, no support and were relieved to get a visit from an unknown American volunteer. I will take them out tomorrow, somehow-someway.
If you can sponsor a family with rent, or food support, please let me know. We will help them get back on their feet and find a safe environment for their family. I have photo of the family consisting of father, mother, two young boys, but I feel it’s too sensitive to post as the mother just had a C-section, and I will just share the story.
I will keep you posted here and hope we can make a miracle happen tomorrow. I have great faith that we can!
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The 40€ support during the month of Ramadan will continue! Thanks to your help, we’re meeting with several families a day in Athens to bring them money for Ramadan food. We’re working with some volunteers that have shared contacts of the most vulnerable. No cash cards, living in squats and need our help. The list is long so we will be thankful if you can sponsor a family.
Families and single men that have received a second rejection have recently been told their cash cards are no longer available to them. This is a huge problem and we’re doing our best to fill in. This money is strictly for food. We will also take fruit for the squats and assist those families as well.
40€ can buy meat, vegetables, fruits, rice and dates. We were shopping yesterday and it’s indeed a great help.
Thank you!
40€ for a man and his two daughters.
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Two weeks in Greece was intense in Athens. We discovered a small camp of 100 people, mostly from Syria. They have no official organization inside the camp so we managed to buy some staples for everyone, take some Patagonia winter gear that was donated to us, and art supplies for the children. We held a beautiful, spontaneous art class outside on the ground, but the children were overjoyed.
We will put together a fundraiser soon for a Ramadan food distribution there.
Collected three suitcases of art from Athens, Chios and Thessaloniki. We’re preparing for a three day art exhibition/awareness event end of May, beginning of June. Please email for more details:
ualkayra@hotmail.com
Thank you for your support to help the over 50,000 displaced refugees in Greece. I will leave again on the 4th of May for more art classes, food distributions and spreading some much needed love.
Kayra
Art with the children
Receipts for April
Distribution to Lavrio camp
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Selma Tischer
9 months ago
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Dearest Kayra, you are reaching us from all over the world, and through you, all these people that need help, but also who have so much to give! They are not a burden, but a treasure to the world. You are encouraging them to give the best of tmselves through art!

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Soozy Brockmann
36 months ago
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Fabulous job Kayra. Please stay warm & healthy! I love your updates. I'm so glad you are helping & in a way representing us back home. Im glad you are leaving people with a positive impression that there are a lot of good people that want them to feel welcomed and happy.

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Raised by 234 people in 39 months
Created September 4, 2015
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Deborah May
25 days ago

Thank you for your work Kyra. Children should always come first.

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1 month ago
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Larry Sanguinetti
5 months ago

Thank you for being a spark of light in a darkening world.

VL
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Vitalah LLC
6 months ago

Donation from Vitalah Team!

Selma Tischer
9 months ago
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Dearest Kayra, you are reaching us from all over the world, and through you, all these people that need help, but also who have so much to give! They are not a burden, but a treasure to the world. You are encouraging them to give the best of tmselves through art!

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Soozy Brockmann
36 months ago
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Fabulous job Kayra. Please stay warm & healthy! I love your updates. I'm so glad you are helping & in a way representing us back home. Im glad you are leaving people with a positive impression that there are a lot of good people that want them to feel welcomed and happy.

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