Author: isminigri

Visit of Suny Cortland

Last Thursday the 17th of May Suny Cortland visited our premises so they can be update for the NGO’s views on the refugee problem and specifically what are the actions of YMCA of Thessaloniki in that area. In this frame they enjoy a tour in our premises and  they also visited the YMCA of Thessaloniki Basketball Museum. In this context we organized a friendly football game between our children beneficiaries and our visitors. The teams was mixed and the game was conducted in very good mood, both sides left with a very sweet memory of the event. Ismini...

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Visiting Museum of Cinematography

On May 15th the REACT team visited the Museum of cinematography. There the children learned how from the static image we went to animated. Children learned in an interactive way with three simple devices how to operate a movie camera and they attended a 3D educational film.   They also product of a short film with the title “Terror in the forest”. Ismini...

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Pottery classes in REACT

On 2 and 3 of April within React program we did pottery classes in 50 children beneficiaries as well as to parents who wanted to attend the classes. The program was held in two, two-hour classes. Children made a boat and a dolphin plucked from the Greek pottery tradition. The process was very entertaining and educational for both kids and their...

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Two months full of actions

A child from 5 to 10 years old in a typical Greek school from September until now has gone to a day trip, a theatrical performance, and one or two visits to a museum or a theme park. Children beneficiaries of REACT YMCA, at the same age, in the same time, here in YMCA, we managed to have the same activities, the same stimuli. Within two months the children visited a theatrical performance (Peter Pan), three field trips to a Museum (Archaeological, Byzantine, Ancient Agora), a day trip to animal farm (Ziogas Farm), and an educational excursion in NOESIS....

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A desperately needed peace

The borders between Greece and Central Europe were still open about two years ago when refugees streaming from the middle eastern battlefields after a harrowing journey by lanel and sea ended on the Greek islands and mainland. As long as  we see bodies like that of little Alan, who was drowned with the rest of his family and was washed away by the waves-we will be aware of the hardships and the losses of Syrian refugees and other migrants and of their efforts to reach a safe land… Today some 60.000 asylum seekers are trapped here in a country already on the verge of economic collapse. Essential  life requirements could not be provided on time through back of  planning and this caused conditions of a miserable stay to the newcomers. The EU recognizing Greece’s burden has pledged to take a large number of refugees and migrants and to follow the EU-Turkey treaty rules. However, some of the European allies have closed their borders and refuse to take refugees(e.g. Estonia has accepted 89refugees to date!). Poland, Austria , Denmark and the Baltic states are examples of corewhies which have built walks against the entry of refugees. The changer in Europe like the election during 1917 in Germany and France the Brexit and the rise of four-right activist  groups create a grim forecast and keep refugees in limbo. Besides, the tensions...

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