Culture Without Borders

Idomeni Cultural Center

Idomeni was previously a free camp that sheltered over 10,000 refugees in which there was no school or cultural activities for either children or adults.

Refugees and international volunteers worked together to carry out classes and create a safe space, for both children as well as adults where these could continue to learn in the camp. 

Furthermore, we adopted a number of events and activities such as music and art classes, open-mic nights, performances and movie nights. In Idomeni, the Cultural Center rapidly became an important resource in the camp, with over 150 children and over 80 adults assisting the classes and events.

As a result of the direct participation of the refugees in the project, together with the support of the international volunteers in areas like coordination, teaching foreign languages and the providing of resources and logistics, an efficient and sustainable model was developed.

Figure 2- A sketch of the Idomeni Cultural Center layout.

The project had 5 main components:
- The construction of a physical space for learning and cultural activities.
- A cultural programs for children and adults.
- The supply of food to students/participants.
- Psychological support.

This project was made possible thanks to the collaborations of many independent volunteers as well as the following organizations and groups.
Food: Hot Food Idomeni, Banana Team, Chai Tea Tent, EREC, Save the Children

Pyschological Support: IsraAid Organisation

Medical assistance: SCM Medical Mission, Chian Hai Supreme Master Medical Team, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Planification and Construction: Aslanidis Theodoros Shop, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), InterEuropean Human Aid Association Germany (IHA), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Legal counselling for refugees: InfoTent

Volunteer management:  Refugis Girona

Thank you to everyone who makes this project possible
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