#GivingTuesday HELP PROMOTE REFUGEE WOMEN'S PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL BEING AND LIVELIHOODS
Desperate, surrounded by violence, and with nothing to do: Refugees at the Moria Camp in Lesbos, Greece
A woman burnt in a fire;
a minor stabbed to death;
and children as young as ten years-old attempting suicide.
These are stories from Moria, a refugee camp in Lesbos.
The Azadi Project wants to change this narrative by empowering its women residents' and promote their wellbeing and livelihoods. To do so, we need your support.
Moria is infamously known as the "death trap". Originally planned for 3,000 residents, more than 14,000 refugees live there under horrible conditions today.
Families of ten people live under one cloth tent. There is one toilet for every 200 people. Security is scarce: women have taken to wearing diapers at night lest they be assaulted on the way to relieve themselves. Hopeless and with nothing to do, many residents are battling suicidal feelings and PTSD from the emotional and physical violence of everyday life.
Azadi wants to change this experience by delivering psychosocial support and digital skills in Moria.
In January 2020, we will help 12 women refugees at a special workshop that will empower participants with digital storytelling skills in a safe space staffed by media and psychology professionals.
In the past we have seen Azadi participants in Greece and Niger successfully raise their voice in a meaningful way, rebuild their self-esteem and find hope again by taking control over their narrative and demonstrate their capacities to host communities through newly acquired employable skills. We have seen them successfully fight stereotypes of victimhood through taking charge of their own stories.
Azadi needs to raise $10,000 to help cover the costs of travel, lodging, equipment and staffing for the workshop in Lesvos. Your generosity on #GivingTuesday will enable us to reach this goal and give these women a life changing experience.
The Azadi Project provides digital economy job skills to refugee women by teaching them technical
expertise such as multimedia communications and storytelling at refugee shelters. After the workshop, Azadi connects its participants to local organizations for internships, employment or additional
education facilities. Through digital skills, we help refugees and migrants regain self-esteem and pursue educational or employment opportunities that contribute to their future livelihoods beyond the borders where they come from and where they currently reside. The Azadi Project is based on the principles of freedom, integration and dignity.
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