The HOME Project
The HOME Project was set up in response to the global refugee crisis, the largest the world has seen since the Second World War. Greece alone has received over one million people in search of shelter and safety from the beginning of 2015; 8,000 lives have been lost trying to cross the Mediterranean. The HOME Project aims to provide security, dignity and decent living conditions for the most vulnerable – to Help, Overcome, Motivate, Empower. In the midst of humanitarian disaster, it seeks to move people from despair to hope, and from fear to safety.
The little-told story of child migrants at the heart of this tragedy represents a social focus for The HOME Project. Over half of the refugees are children. Ripped from their homelands through violence and war, they are abandoned without basic care and protection. Many of them are alone, forced to fend for themselves and at risk. We are active in setting up homes and accompanying these stranded children from the refugee camps, police stations and detention centers to the safety of protected shelters where they receive care and attention.
Many of the adult refugees are skilled labourers and professionals who have left behind active careers. Just because they have lost their homeland, they should not lose their livelihood. We work with each person holistically, recognizing their dignity through meeting needs and addressing trauma, including physical and mental wellbeing, education, and employment. Through networks, partnerships, resources and the patient provision of dedicated care, we seek ultimately to empower people to integrate into society and give them hope for tomorrow.