IT LEARNING PROGRAM
In October 2017 I AM YOU welcomed a PhD researcher from the UK Open University. He came to Ritsona to design a project for IT and Technology education for displaced children, with the aim of increasing interactivity in learning. His program was a great success with the young representatives of the community. We are currently working on establishing a sustainable program taking into consideration the findings and good practices of his project.
ritsona SUMMER 2018 PROGRAM
Over the summer of 2018 we were running a Summer Camp program for the children attending Greek Primary schools during which they w taught English and Greek as well as Social and Emotional Learning, based on a program developed by the International Rescue Committee.
The program was a huge success with a total of 60 unique students attending. The program got high appraisal from IOM, and recommendations were made for the SEL program to be ran in other camps across Greece.
Within the context of violence and displacement, women tend to be disproportionately vulnerable. Living in a refugee camp increases the risks of boredom, societal exclusion, financial losses, as well as protection related issues, such as abuse and human trafficking. The remote location of Ritsona camp further increases the risks mentioned here. Vulnerable people and groups, including women, are most likely to be affected. I AM YOU aims to address such issues and work towards reducing the protection risks. With this in mind, we have developed a social enterprise program with our experienced partner, Thistle Farms.
Through providing opportunities and a safe space for female residents to use their skills through social enterprise, the women gain the opportunity to step out of limbo, make an income, and increase societal inclusion for the camp community as a whole. The items produced within the project are sold to consumers, and the profit is reinvested towards the women themselves, the production, and the community they reside in. Additionally, awareness is spread through marketing and selling the produced matts in the USA. The program aims to become self-funded through the sales of the products.
Currently the project runs on its own with support from a local Greek woman, and with full backing from Thistle Farms. I AM YOU continues to provide supplementary help whenever needed.
In April 2018 one of our Volunteers led a graffiti and painting project with the Unaccompanied Minors in the camp. The goal was to beautify their living space, create a team building excercize, and put their energy to something positive. Together with an external painer/graffiti artist, the youth eagerly participated in this project.
child friendly space
In September 2017 we started a Child Friendly Space in Oinofyta Refugee Camp. It provided Psycho Social Support and activities to the children between the ages of 2 up to 5.
youth engagement space
In Oinofyta Refugee Camp I AM YOU ran various programs. Amongst them we had a Safe Space for the youth of the camp. A blend between learning opportunities like languages, arts and crafts and social possibilities. The space was open daily, for boys and girls. The residents had access to instruments, video games, puzzles and board games.
oinofyta Summer camp 2017
transport to athens
Campfire project 2018
In the Summer of 2018 I AM YOU facilitated Campfire Project! The team of theatre professionals worked alongside I AM YOU and Ritsona camp residents to bring Shakespeare's The Tempest to life in a vibrant performance that captured imaginations
Agara sports program
In the Summer of 2018 I AM YOU facilitated the stay of members of the Agara Foundation from Malta. During their 2 weeks with us in Ritsona, the team engaged into many sport activities with the children and adult residents. Their program was a big hit, and every day the residents joined the sport activities.
beach trips 2016
In 2016 I AM YOU organized buses from the camps, that would take the residents to beaches in the area. On a few days of the week, residents had the opportunity to spend some quality time by the sea, enjoying being away from camp, having a swim.