73,32€

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22

Heroes

FORGE for humanity

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73,32€ Raised

22 Heroes

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Our commitment is to advocate for and support men travelling solo to navigate their way towards independence. To challenge stereotypes and support these men, individually and as a community, to help them to build a solid base of knowledge and support network to work towards stability, integration and autonomy. Our objective is for solo men to have the mand to fulfill their potential and participate in society. We believe that supporting these men should be central to social development and aid delivery, given their potential to enrich their host nation's society when provided with the initial support required by any individual. Male asylum seekers and refugees travelling solo are systematically deprioritised, meaning that their access to resources and services covering basic needs is severely restricted. The limitations imposed by the system on their access to resources and support networks, are risk factors that have led to these men experiencing severe levels of social exclusion, and composing a non-recognized vulnerable group created by the system itself. FORGE for humanity addresses this gap in support services for solo men, with an approach tailored to their needs, which opens the path towards contribution and prevents dependency on social aid systems. We focus on individualized long-term assistance, rekindling motivations and overcoming the obstacles of deprioritization; promoting integration, autonomy and stability to achieve independence.

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We operate primarily as an info hub from a small space in Athens. There, every action is a collaborative effort between us and our visitors, as we expect them to be active in every aspect of their circumstances. We build reciprocal and dynamic relationships which result in developing resources, knowledge and control. Asylum process: Accurate and up-to-date information about the asylum process, access to Skype to register asylum claims, mediation of communication with the Asylum Service, assistance through family reunification and visa procedures, and follow-up of individual cases. Basic needs: We give information regarding services and activities in Athens; assist in navigating Greek bureaucracy; and make referrals to legal, medical, psychological and accommodation services. For those sleeping rough we provide basic need items. Employment: We assist with CV and cover letter writing, and interview preparation; offer tools to navigate the job search process and connections with available jobs within our network; and guidance through the unemployment benefits system. Space: Our space is built on respect and community, where men can support and collaborate with us and each other to find long-term solutions to their displacement. A safe and calm atmosphere where to share needs, concerns, and opinions. Voice: We advocate for the specific needs of solo men, make an effort to tackle misinformation and prioritise building our networks with the community and organizations.

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