Refugee Camps in Greece

In Refugee Camps in Greece Since 2016

Greece is currently home to tens of thousands of refugees, with more arriving daily, having risked their lives to make the treacherous journey by boat. Over half of them are children.

These Refugees live in camps, squats, and on the streets, where their lives have little to no structure. Refugees arrive daily on the Greek Islands of Lesvos, Samos, and Chios, where the camps host 2-4 times their intended capacity, forcing new arrivals to sleep in tents or out in the open for months until they are given a place in the camps. Even after getting a space in the camps, their lives can only be described as tenuous, as the camps are full of hunger, illness, monotony, hopelessness, and far too often, suicide.

SMF Programs in Greece have proven to provide hope where none exists.

As Refugee children learn to play their own musical instrument in the SMF program, they realize they are capable of more than they ever thought possible. As they sing together, they learn to listen to others, and also to themselves. They use their brain in a new and exciting way, and the future becomes less scary as they realize that they can set goals and achieve them. As the children realize these things about themselves, they become resistant to the lure of extremist and terrorist groups, knowing that they can create a life of peace for themselves.

For Refugee Teenagers and Young Adults, the biggest problem to overcome is hopelessness. As they become SMF Volunteer Teachers and begin helping the children to heal, they also become leaders and role models for the children and in their camps. They realize that they are uniquely qualified to help the children by teaching them. And through their service to the children, the teenagers heal and become leaders and examples of hope. Beginning in 2016, the Shropshire Music Foundation established successful programs in two separate Refugee Camps in Northern Greece.

We have also trained and equipped more than 50 Refugees, Greeks, and International Volunteers on the Island of Chios, in the Athens Area, and in Northern Greece.

There is a desperate need to continue and spread SMF programs in Greece.