We are Pilipala, a charity set up to fund social enterprises that provide employment for refugees arriving in mainland Greece. We have backgrounds in working in refugee camps in and around Greece, providing emergency aid.
Although emergency aid and supplies are vital at a time when people are at their most vulnerable, we have found that there is a gap in services that provide long-term sustainable support.
The result of this is that many people who have already spent long periods of time in unsanitary, chaotic camps, are arriving in mainland Greece and finding they are unable to support themselves. Our aim is to provide a practical solution to the lack of employment for refugees arriving in an already economically unstable country. We will empower people through employment and creativity.
We are currently working on setting up a print and textile studio in Athens, where products will be made to sell on our online store and in stores across the UK.
The profit generated from the studio will go towards further social enterprises which will enable us to provide basic needs for the people who are trapped on the Greek islands, such as shower facilities, counselling sessions, art houses where people are able to come and express themselves through creativity as a form of therapy.
Our name Pilipala means butterfly in welsh, which represents transformation, finding joy in life and lightness of being. Our ethos is based on this. We want to help refugees integrate into a new life so that they can find enjoyment and stability for their future.
We are setting up this Gofundme to raise money for various reasons. We will be going out to Athens to film a documentary to be played in workshops, which will take part in schools across London. Spreading awareness to our youth and also getting them involved by producing a drawing, which will then be transferred onto a t-shirt and sold to them. The funds from these workshops will go towards sustaining our studio in Athens. We would like to raise money for the equipment needed to set up a silk screen-printing studio, and the sewing machines. We would also use the funds for the equipment needed for the workshops in London, I.e. Inkjet printer, heat transfer machine and the drawing materials.
If there were universities or schools who are able to donate equipment this would be of greatly appreciated.
I just wanted to give you all an update of the progress of Pilipala. We performed our first official Pilipala art workshop at camp Eleonas in Athens at the start of January. We had an incredible team who were able to bring the vision to life. We did a parade and carnival in the camp, bringing people together through creative arts, it was an incredible day that will always be etched in my memories, and this is just the beginning.
Now the main objective is to find a space in Athens to open a silk screen-printing studio. I will leave for Greece on the 24th April. To run the studio in Athens we will be holding art and educational workshops in the UK, in pub corners, museums and schools. Money raised up until April will go towards these workshops. Our first art corner will take place on the 3rd March at The Chequers in Walthamstow. We are excited to see the outcome.
If anyone want to be part of the movement or this journey do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all the support x