REFUGEES IN EUROPE
our goal is to act like a lighthouse -
a beacon in harsh conditions,
standing firmly in support of those who need it most.
We met in September 2015 as a small group of independent volunteers in a tiny fishing village on the North Eastern shore of Lesvos, where thousands of refugees were arriving every day in rubber dinghies. We quickly becoma one of the first organizations to offer coordination and structured emergency response to the area, and to support the most vulnerable cases. Today, Lighthouse Relief has built an around-the-clock team of emergency response volunteers that respond to all boat landings on the north shore, operate day and evening spotting shifts, and work in cooperation with the other organizations to ensure arrivals are supported in overnight transit.
The closure of borders in March 2016 left tens of thousands of people stranded in camps across mainland Greece, often in unsafe and inhumane conditions. In light of this, we adapted quickly to meet the new and emerging needs of vulnerable populations trapped in periods of long-term limbo, with a focus on women, children and youth. Currently, we are focused on providing safe spaces that help these groups regain a sense of dignity and community in an otherwise difficult situation. This is facilitated through our three core programmes in Ritsona camp: our Female Friendly Space (FFS), Child Friendly Space (CFS) and Youth Engagement Space (YES).
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Through our advocacy and communications activities, we seek to leverage the perspectives of our beneficiaries and highlight issues that impact their well-being. We advance campaigns that harness the power of our extensive network of ambassadors to draw light on often overlooked concerns. Most recently, we also supported youth aged 16-25 in launching the Ritsona Kingdom Journal, a bold new magazine that showcases their experiences through art, writing and photography.
The latest from Lighthouse Relief's official blog on Medium.
All Smiles (And Some Tears) at Ritsona Summer Camp
Every weekday afternoon, the mere sight of Lighthouse Relief volunteers hoisting up our colourful Summer Camp sign in Ritsona refugee camp is enough to bring children in from all directions. (Read More)
A Life-Changing Experience, Sparked Unexpectedly
Marwa’s first experience of Lighthouse Relief was a happy accident. Then boats started to land on the Greek shores — the first in 48 hours. (Read More)
Working as One: Training with the Skala Task Force
It was almost 10 pm when Andrea Montenegro, Lighthouse Relief’s Field Officer on Lesvos, received a phone call from a local fisherman, Costas, alerting her to a refugee boat landing. (Read More)
Our teams of skilled staff and volunteers are the soul of Lighthouse Relief! We are currently hiring for a range of volunteer and staff positions across our two regions of operation. Visit our hiring page to read more about volunteering for Lighthouse Relief, find our staff position announcements and apply to join.