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Second Tree is a community-led, volunteer-run, grassroots NGO that supports, teaches and learns with refugees across Northern Greece. Our founders were volunteers that independently responded to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in early 2016. They met in Katsikas Refugee Camp and left their old lives to build an organisation that first and foremost treats refugees like people. Since then, our team of volunteers has grown and we have reached hundreds of refugees through our programs. We work in two camps reaching approximately 2,500 people. Our work has evolved in three key areas: - LANGUAGE LEARNING - Through English and Greek classes delivered by qualified teachers. Both programs are approved by the Greek Ministry of Education. - YOUTH WELL-BEING - Through our Scouts program that takes children out of the camp and into local community. - INTEGRATION - of refugees into local life through our community-building activities. Our mission is to empower individuals with the skills needed to engage in their new community by providing them with access to information, services, and opportunities that strengthen their capacities and ensure that their rights are realised.
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Our Refugee Youth Scouts program has helped more than 300 children stuck in refugee camps develop meaning, routine and identity. This age group is conscious of what displaced them and often lack support systems to help process their trauma. This can lead to anti-social behaviour and a lack of confidence, which also inhibits learning and positive self-development from taking place. The program has demonstrated its ability to create a safe space where, despite their circumstances, young people can develop into role models for their peers. The programme builds four core values in children: kindness, focus, responsibility and teamwork. Peer Scout leaders take responsibility for the group and are trained to support sessions and implement activities. They are supported by our team of qualified volunteers, who guide the program and deliver daily English classes, Greek homework support and workshops at two refugee camps. On weekends, the participants go on an excursion outside of the camp to explore the local area, and begin developing a sense of belonging and familiarity with their new community. Families are involved and regularly attend meetings about the program and their child’s participation. This investment in community engagement has created strong bonds of trust, which have had very practical benefits (e.g. girls now make up more than half of the participants!).
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