Fruits of Solidarity / AustriaNovember 1, 2019
FoS at a glanceJanuary 21, 2020
A percentage (8-12%) of the final price of the product on the “Fruits of Solidarity” network is channelled towards formal or informal self-organized groups in Greece who promote social solidarity and social transformation.
Collectivities and groups who, through their action, support the access of those in need to basic subsistence products. Or collectivities who might meet a broader social and political profile.
The eligibility criteria for the ventures chosen to receive support are shaped according to the specific context and to the priorities set by each campaign in the country where it is launched. These include, importantly, the work they conduct, their needs and their present operation status.
The supported ventures are jointly decided on by the involved members of the network. However, the final choice and the amount of the financial contribution are in the hands of the organization/coordinator of each national campaign.
The amount offered ranges from 1,500 € to 3,500 € for each venture. In the past three years, 18,500 € have been channelled or will be channelled to the following initiatives.
– Piraeus Solidarity – https://www.solidaritypeiraias.gr/
“Piraeus Solidarity” is a social support network. It was founded to help – unemployed, needy, homeless – victims of the humanitarian crisis imposed on us, to meet the basic needs.
At “Piraeus Solidarity” they believe that “the best way to do something is to do it” and hoping for much more in the future. What they have done so far only briefly can be mentioned here: Distributing food to needy families on a regular monthly basis, open Social Kitchen 3 times a week (about 19,000 servings / year).
Producer’s markets. Collection and distribution of clothes / shoes / books / toys. Ssupporting “Piraeus Community Medical Center”. Providing professional Psychological & legal support. Operation of Solidarity School. Operation of a clothing / furniture processing lab and much more.
They also organize concerts, photo exhibitions and various cultural events.
-Lesvos Solidarity– lesvossolidarity.org
“Piraeus Solidarity” is a Greek NGO supporting refugees and locals in Lesvos. Also known as the team who runs the self organized and independent, open refugee camp Pikpa in Mytilini ( Capital of Lesvos island), they do nuch more than that.
Daily distribution of food, clothes, shoes, hygiene products. They run a clinic where people from vulnerable social groups like – chronic patients in need of surveillance and medication, pregnant, congenital neonates, are getting medical care.
Through “Mosaik Support Center” they offer language classes (Greek, English, Farsi and Arabic), educational activities for children, computer classes, guitar lessons, yoga classes, literature workshops, human rights workshops, poetry nights, cinema screenings, and has two choirs. 800 people from over 20 countries regularly attend activities. Mosaik also provides free psychosocial support and free legal support through the Lesvos Legal Centre which operates in its premises.
Well known is also the Project is the “Safe Passage Bags Workshop”. This is an upcycling project where refugees and locals create bags out of lifejackets left on the shorelines in Lesvos, and used by refugees who crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey.
You can read more about them in the their open yearly anual report – here
„Respect for Greece“ was founded in March 2015 across party-lines in Berlin by a group of German and Greek citizens, first as a local initiative, later as a non-profit- association, in order to further a critical debate on the impacts of the crisis in Greece and the related economic and financial policies of Germany and the EU.
They also build up co-operation with various partners and support self-help projects in Greece. „Respect for Greece“
- organizes lectures and public discussions on topics associated to Greece and the crisis,supports refugee relief work in Greece, above all by the projects “Volunteers for Lesvos“ and „Volunteers for Model Hostel WELcommon“, a home for 250 refugees in the center of Athens;
- works towards the establishment of a city partnership “from below” between Berlin and Athens, with a present focus on “refugee support” and “energy saving in schools”, and campaigns for an official city partnership;
- has helped to set up the campaign “SoliOli”, direct marketing of farming products from Greek cooperatives, and promotes other self-help projects such as „Fish, Olives, and More“ and the “Mobile Kitchen for Piraeus”
-REFUGEE ACCOMODATION CENTER CITY PLAZA – https://www.facebook.com/cityplazaathens/
Since the morning of 22/4/2016, the abandoned Hotel “City Plaza” in Athens has been turned into an Accommodation Centre for Refugees. For refugees it was the first night in a room with door and toilet, after spending a whole winder in tents.
Greek government, with E.U. guidance and funding, organized the “management of the refugee crisis” at the EU border. Undertook the dirty work of restraining and discouraging migration. Tens of thousands of refugees were trapped in Greece and within a few days had to survive homeless on the streets, the port of Piraeus, the improvised army camps and, next to us, on the Victoria Square.
More than 2,500 refugees, 1/3 of them children, passed through the City Plaza. The people of City Plaza participated and organized dozens of mobilizations for refugees’ access to social rights: education, children attending public schools, health and decent housing. And inside they set up foreign language classes, women’s space, various children’s activities and much more. They took part in dozens of anti-fascist and anti-racist demonstrations, days of transnational action, but also supported individual people who were subjected to repression.
Ethos is a voluntary, grassroots, non-profit, independent humanitarian association of people that have been actively involved with the humanitarian challenges in Greece and work to support the needs of both the local and refugee community. Our association started to form in 2015, as a result of the awareness of gaps that have been widely visible during the emergency refugee response in Greece and the mismanagement of resources that prevailed across the context.
Since November 2017, we have established a protective apartment for refugee children that ended up alone in Greece and become homeless as they turn 18 years old. These young people are supported with accommodation, nutrition, education and psychosocial support by a highly motivated and professional team who is committed in help them develop their skills and to become independent.’
-Social Center “Piksida” (Compas)
Perama is perhaps the most symbolic municipality of Athens. High unemployment, mainly shipyard workers, low wages. The political connections forming in the region are typical for this profile.
Strengthening the social cuisine of the Perama Open Assembly, at the same time enhance neighborhood self-organization and protecting public goods actions.
Supportive teaching lessons for elementary, high school and high school students. Collecting and distributing food, clothes, school supplies, toys and other essentials to more than 100 families of unemployed members of the congregation. Are some of the actions facilitated by the Open Assembly.
Political and cultural events are added to a list of actions around the hangout and open assembly that limit Golden Dawn’s influence in the area.
-Golden Dawn Watch – https://goldendawnwatch.org/
Golden Dawn Watch is an initiative to monitor the trial against Golden Dawn, organised by the Hellenic League for Human Rights, the Greek Observatory against Fascism and Racist Speech in the Media, which works as part of the Educational Foundation of ESIEA (Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers), the Antifascist League of Athens and Piraeus, and the City of Athens Migrants’ Integration Council. The main aspect of this initiative is the website goldendawnwatch.org, which will be managed by an editorial group.