Tag Archive: refugee

THE STARFISH STORY

  In the field of humanitarian aid, as in many other fields, most individuals have a story that influences their work. Here in Katerini, Greece, the story that inspires my colleague Alexandra, Coordinator… Continue reading

MY RELATIONSHIPS WITH BENEFICIARIES IN A NEW CONTEXT

  Many friends and family back in the US have noticed a distinct difference in the way I discuss (or don’t discuss) my work with refugees since moving to Greece, as opposed to… Continue reading

MOTHER’S DAY

  I woke up on Mother’s Day not thinking about my own mother, but rather focusing on the work I had to do that Sunday (sorry, mum!). My supervisorfrom the US, Peter, was… Continue reading

INTENSE CONVERSATIONS AT A PRESCHOOL

  Holistic integration is a multifaceted approach to helping refugee families build new lives in Greece. It takes into account the practical, personal, and social needs of each individual family to make sure… Continue reading

THEY HELD ME CLOSE

  A few days ago I said goodbye to my community at Kalunba for the next two weeks as I journey to Katerini, Greece for job training and so much more. As I said farewell… Continue reading

YOUNG MEN OF MILITARY AGE

When I first moved to Hungary I was often asked by well-meaning friends and family if I felt safe. What they usually meant by this was “I’ve watched the news and all those… Continue reading

A NEW FAMILY ARRIVES

  On day six of my time in Katerini, I had the opportunity to visit a refugee camp without feeling like a voluntourist who gawks at all the people like animals in a… Continue reading

I AM HOPEFUL AND CALM

  My fifth day in Katerini started off with a brief team meeting at the church where the needs of a new family were being assessed. A mother with her four children would… Continue reading

STRIKING SONGS AND STORIES

  Day four in Katerini started as many of my days here have: with conversations with the church team at their offices. I began by speaking with Zoey and going over client profiles… Continue reading

A JOURNEY OF REUNIFICATION

  I promised you a story yesterday, one going into a bit more detail about a couple that I visited the UNHCR Thessaloniki offices (pictured above) with – well, here you go. The… Continue reading