Lighthouse Relief is a registered NGO.
In autumn 2015, the operational context in Greece was characterised by thousands of refugees crossing the Aegean Sea and landing on Lesvos island every day. Its operational focus was to provide emergency assistance to those arriving from Turkey. Over the past years the activities have evolved. Since 2016, the initiative started assisting vulnerable groups such as children and youth in the refugee camp of Ritsona, located approximately 70km from Athens. The mission there is to provide psychosocial support to youth and children in a sustainable, dignified, respectful and empowering manner. Presently, at the Ritsona refugee camp Lighthouse Relief is running two programmes:
a) The Child Friendly Space: a space for informal educational and learning opportunities through arts, crafts and sport activities and
b) Youth Engagement Space: a youth – led safe space for life skills training sessions and workshops as well as informal educational opportunities through sport, music and arts.