We are Christa and Helen, 2 volunteers who met in Athens in 2016. Since then, we have worked together, alongside a team of brilliant friends and teammates, to create play and learning spaces for displaced families in Athens. Within these spaces children can feel safe and create some happy memories of childhood. Many children have never attended school or have missed years of education, either due to the situations in their home countries or through being displaced and being constantly on the move. By working closely with families and their communities, we establish long-term relationships and give support through this transitionary period of their lives.
We are now working to expand our outreach into the informal living spaces of the displaced families in Athens. With the refugee camps in Greece full and overcrowded, many families live in informal spaces within the city. In these places we are developing playgrounds and classrooms with scheduled lessons and play sessions.
We are currently excited to be building our first outdoor playground, thanks to our collaboration with Scrap Coop who provide us with a workshop, tools and building advice. This playground will be a beautiful family space including a sandpit, climbing frame, a small stage, a seated garden area, a mud kitchen and a central area for circle games and shared snack times.
We are so excited to see this playground full of life as the Athens winter passes, and move on to establishing many more playgrounds to keep kids happy and smiling through these long warm days.
Any contributions will allow us to work directly with informal spaces to make spaces for children and support their growth and learning. Funds go directly to the purchasing of materials that allow these spaces to exist.
For those of you who have already been so generous and supported with donations, and asked how else you could support-this is the way! Any contribution will ensure that we can keep making beautiful play spaces for children and their families!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about us, you can get in touch with our facebook if you want to know more, or how you can get involved. https://www.facebook.com/Kids-Klub-Athens-294076568132040/?epa=SEARCH_BOX