“We are not saviours of the world or gods providing help. Our only task is to figure out a future for these people,” says Nikos, standing on several hectares of fenced-off land. There is nothing here now, but in two months’ time this land will give work to another 10 families who are awaiting a miracle in Europe’s largest refugee camp.
Homeland is another of Katerina and Nikos’s ideas, after Home for All. They couple have been meeting the needs of migrants arriving in Europe, on the Greek island of Lesbos, for 6 years. Home for All feeds the hungry and provides basic necessities to people who don’t know how to survive to see tomorrow. The second idea creates the circumstances for their perspective to reach beyond just another day. Work in the vegetable garden will give them independence, restore their dignity and give meaning to their daily life, which today is just passive existence in a closed camp. It will provide them with a future.
Homeland is up and running. Thanks to the hard work of four men, the Home for All kitchen no longer has to buy vegetables. Soon the local market will also receive over a thousand watermelons, over a thousand melons, loads of aubergines, tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, peppers and courgettes. The project is operating wonderfully, and now it’s going to be even bigger. On the new land we saw today, houses will be built for 10 more families and more fields will be prepared, turning the camp residents’ eagerness to work into organic produce.
We are with Katerina and Nikos at the scene. We are supporting them in these extraordinary ideas, which, thanks to you, can turn another dramatic human experience into something more than a better tomorrow: namely, a future.
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