Author: Anna Magdalini Argyri

let’s know what refugees like..

After two years of daily communication and creative interaction with refugees, we perceive their real desires. We perceive what attracts their interest, activates positively to them both: mentally and psychologically, and finally what diminishes the sense of sadness. Generally, refugees prefer art and creativity. They like to pull a cloth, bind a book or plant a flower. In the RE.A.C.T program, refugees often gave shape to fabric simply by turning them into dresses and daggers. In the bookbinding workshop, they tied books, notebooks, jewelry, table games. They planted flowers to decorate their balconies through the action: “ let’s form ...

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Creative occupation to the Asylum Shelter

  We often visit shelter for Asylum seekers’ families. As partner of the program, provides to the families from Afghanistan and Syria social care services.  There, the beneficiaries children play in the playground or in the courtyard. With pleasure we note that many children remain consistent in their school duties and parents are trying creatively to join the city.  The aim of our visit to Asylum shelter is to give joy to the children. Social scientists and beneficiaries enjoy few hours of creativity with theatrical activities, musical games and handicrafts . Constructions with watercolors, cardboard knitting, dramatization of a story tale that children think about the subject and the case, are few of the variety actions  providing to these families. Anna Magdalini...

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Jewelry workshop for refugee girls

First May days. The atmosphere is full of colors and perfumes of flowers. The  spring mood is reflected in our actions. At YMCA central building, The beneficiaries (RE.A.C.T) girls knit flowers with colored skins, ribbons, metal decorative elements to make necklaces and bracelets. Girls from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria made their own jewelries as part of the creative workshops with the help of volunteer Katerina Malami. Girls love the jewelry workshop. It is known that the muslim religion typologica ly imposes the clothing style.  The hijab even covers the ears. Jewelry, like makeup, consists the unique element through which...

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Refugees meet the seventh art in the festival Cinema Museum

    On April 25, we visited the Cinema Museum of Thessaloniki. There our beneficiaries, Children along with their parents had the opportunity to come in contact with the film narratives and expressive means of cinema production.      Through active, hands-on games our beneficiaries learnt how a simple and static picture transformed into an animated cinematographic motion  image. Children created animated pictures  . Moreover, they attended a 3D film for the cinema invention. Through the game” the luggage with secrets” children conceived the film creation in its first steps of the early 20th c.                                                                                     Anna Magdalini Argyri...

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shadow theater and folk dances for refugees

On March 28,  in the frame of RE.A.C.T program, YMCA organized a music – dance event with the Folk Dance YMCA  group. Moreover, a shadow theater with the title: “the Magic tree” kept the interest of our  smaller beneficiaries. YMCA organized a catering buffet with traditional  local sweets, coffee and a variety of juices.            These activities were part of an educative presentation  by Mrs Dora Kokosidou from UNHCR,  by  MRS Nena Stamou and Ria Felekidou from  Ministry of Education and MRS Eleni Tsaousakou for GRC In that action attended c. 450 beneficiaries.     Anna Magdalini...

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