For exactly two years we have been helping Katerina and Nikos reach out to refugees arriving in Europe. The ‘Home for All’ founders’ mission statement is very close to us. Katerina and Nikos do not stop even for a moment. In their fight for human rights, they come up with one amazing idea after another. Today we will tell you about… olive oil.
A few years ago, at the height of the influx of immigrants to the Greek islands, Nikos and Katerina’s taverna became ‘Home for All’: a restaurant and home where every refugee can have a hot meal for free and take a break from the hopeless reality of the camp. We are going one step further by opening an olive oil mill that will give work to those who are stranded on the island for good.
No longer just emergency aid, but now creating prospects for a future full of hope and possibilities is Katerina and Nikos’s new goal, so they leased several abandoned olive groves. According to experts, the island’s excellent microclimate means that its olive trees bear exceptional fruit. It is enough to press them for oil and then bottle it. There will be no problem with finding a market for the olive oil, as queues of interested buyers are already forming. The Good Factory, together with Home for All, is launching another real factory of good that will provide refugees with work, pay for their insurance and teach them new skills.
In Camp Moria we continue to feed children and young people who have reached Europe without any care. Thanks to you, they receive warm meals, fruit, personal hygiene products and clothes. For many of those we help, this is the first hot meal they have had in months. Have you eaten anything warm today? Many have not! That is why we share with them what will boost their stamina, improve their mood and give them the strength to face a reality that is difficult to imagine.
For all those who are committed to development assistance, which puts work, acquiring new skills and reinstalling hope in those who have lost it at the core, we now also have a mill of top quality olive oil. Everything is almost ready, including permits, premises and equipment.
To get our little production line up and running some final touches are needed, along with a few more machines to seal the bottles and secure the caps. The olive oil will set off into the world with information on the label about how the product was created by people who escaped the hell of war and persecution and found friends and new opportunities in life.
Visit GoodWorks 24/7, support the new project, and we will soon show you how amazing the olive oil from Lesbos tastes! Every donation to the oil mill means new opportunities for people who have fled danger and violence in their homelands and made their way to Europe.