Play is Hope

£2,471 of £50k goal

Raised by 29 people in 19 days
Elena Dina Boukouvala  Wormley & Turnford Ward, ENG
We are a grassroots, autonomous organization. We came into being in response to the movement of children, young people and their families from Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and other war torn and impoverished countries. They have fled to Europe. seeking the chance to build a better life or sometimes to simply live.

Since the borders between the European countries have closed tens of thousands of people who hoped to travel on to northern Europe remained in camps, centers and potentially dangerous hot spots in Balkans. Starting from Greece and collaborating with our refugee co-organizers, who gradually got relocated across Europe, we are developing Play is Hope as an international organization that connects people and communities across borders.

Who is Play is Hope and What We Do?

Play is Hope is a coming-into-being organization that creates opportunities for people to play, develop and lead.  We are a multidisciplinary, international team of refugees, migrants and locals using performance and conversation to help people to lead their lives and create something new together. We bring performance off the stage, into the communities and camps to create environments for new kinds of conversations. Working across Europe full time for the past year as volunteers we hope with your support to sustain and expand our activity and develop our organization.

Why Play?

Through play and performance, even in the midst of deprivation and crisis, people can break out of predetermined roles, create new ways of relating to each other, and try out new ways of being—in short, they can, together, create new possibilities. During the last year and as our co-organizers were moving from place to place we created our lives anew together, treating the difficult circumstances and the violations of human rights as opportunities to grow and generate collective power.

We created multicultural performance events in the communities, organized panels in conferences and took online courses together. We played in camps and communities across Europe.

We offered consultations to other grassroots organizations and we launched Dialogues Across Borders , a series of interactive exhibitions that is now spreading across Europe and is hosted by Tate Exchange this Spring.  We bring together grassroots organizers and co-create stages of development with and for them to impact their local communities and the world. 

Why Independent Fundraising?

National governments and international agencies have failed to deal with the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.  That’s why we need private citizens like you to step up and support this innovative, creative, grassroots project working in camps and communities throughout the world.  When our governments fail us, we ordinary people can create alternatives. We need your help to do this. 

Your money will support Play is Hope , its administrative costs and its grassroots collaborations with organizers around the world. It will go to producing play and performance workshops in the refugee camps, funding participation in conferences, educational opportunities and international gatherings around the world, developing collaborations and grassroots initiatives of communities across Europe, funding the interactive exhibitions and offering payment for the organizers (refugees and locals) who are leading our projects.

1/10 of the money raised in this campaign will be donated to Pikpa open refugee camp and Mosaik centre in Lesvos.

Write to us if you want to collaborate with us or to connect with local organizers. Join us as a participant and as a leader.

Play is Hope is inspired by the performance-based approach to development and learning of the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy and All Stars Project, Inc . It is growing with the support of an international network of local organizers connected with the Performing the World community.

Play is Hope in partnership with East Side Institute and the Performing the World community, initiated on the 4th of March 2017 Creating Community Across Borders , a series of synchronised performance events that brought together online more than 150 people across 13 countries.  

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£2,471 of £50k goal

Raised by 29 people in 19 days
Created March 4, 2017
8 days ago
Joan Fleischman
9 days ago

I'm grateful for the opportunity to help through your work. Joan

Valerie Nishi
9 days ago

It takes a virtual village! Let's be the future we long for.

Ann Green
11 days ago
Armando Justo
11 days ago

Thank you Elena for your making our world a better place for all!

Gwen Lowenheim
13 days ago

This made on behalf of Rosa Bazyluk

Joyce Dattner
14 days ago

The March 4 event was a beautiful demonstration of creating community across borders. Brava!

David Belmont
15 days ago

Beautiful grassroots community building. Warms my heart.

Janet Wootten
16 days ago

thank you for this people to people connection!

Richard Ronner
16 days ago

Yes, to my friends: let us play together.

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