The Ankaa Project is an initiative working with refugees in Athens to support individuals after their displacement. We are a cooperation of people from different backgrounds working together to encourage participation and communication amongst the Athens community. We work with people on personally tailored programmes supported by a collaborative network and self-led workspaces to target skill development, vocational training, language, entrepreneurship, education and employment opportunities.
Workspaces for skill exchange, collaboration and social enterprise
Aim: to develop, share and showcase kills.
● Culinary Arts: Kitchen and Café, Barista training and Management
● IT Lab: Basic IT skills and competency, Coding and Programming, Software Training
● Media Department: Film, Photography, Media studies, Journalism and Advocacy
● Language: English and Greek
● Trade and Design: Barbershop, Carpentry, Metalwork, Tailoring
We want to provide people with access to resources and reliable information so that individuals can begin to rebuild their lives.
The situation for refugees in Greece has meant that priority has been given to emergency aid rather than focusing on development. Rather than trying to provide the solution, we will provide people with the tools to create their own solutions.
ANKAA: Under Construction
This story began with a group of people who, on arrival to Greece in search of safety, were reduced to numbers, to beneficiaries, to children.
Strong, resilient, clever, talented, capable people have been grouped as “refugees” and by accepting and repeating this term, we have encouraged stereotyping, segregation and discrimination.
For ANKAA: this stops at the front door. We want to know what you did before, what you do now, and who do you want to be.
By coming together with a group of people who have suffered, witnessed and experienced this situation, we decided to stop talking and just get to work. We have moved into a building that was an old appliances factory and we have been busy clearing and cleaning what was left of three workshops and dusty office spaces.
The aim of the game is to upcycle everything!
Last week: Shipments of material donations from Luxembourg for our Tailors, Chefs, Language learners and IT nerds arrived in search of a home in our building. We have also begun inviting other teams, groups, and individuals to see the space which has introduced new ideas, fresh perspectives, and opportunities for collaboration!
Now: The workshop boys have been busy making couches for our barbers and desks for our IT lab out of pallets and scrap wood. Meanwhile, the renovation team turned their focus to repairing a leaking roof for our Tailor’s Workshop and walls for our Barbershop.
Next: An old electronics workshop with a wonderful view of the Acropolis will undergo a complete transformation to become our Kitchen and Café. Using old materials left in the building (metal tables, bits of wood, iron frames, a sink, pallets etc.), we will complete our Culinary Arts Department.
Keep following for insights from members of the team and a video of our renovation as we move towards our opening!
DIRECT BANK TRANSFER ANKAA PROJECT
ASBL Bank account IBAN: LU120030508689601000
Bank name: BGL BNP PARIBAS
BIC code: BGLLLULL
Ankaa on www.youcaring.com
Merchant account ID: RR69BJUJXQ6A8
We are currently in the process of the setup and renovation of our building. We are looking for people to help us with setup costs, as well as extensive running costs and expenditures.
The Ankaa Project does not receive any official money from the government or through ECHO. This kind of centre is only possible when we get many actors together to form a network. We rely fully on private donations and support. Therefore, we are looking for people to join our network, helping us to cover costs for the following and sustain our project for the long-term:
- Building rent and running costs (Utilities)
- Building renovation
- Office materials
- Admin costs
- Media and IT lab inventory items
- Education material, books in various languages and set up items
- Wood, metal and jewellery workshop materials
- Kitchen materials, food and running costs
- Gym and fitness equipment
- Tailor and Sewing materials
Big or little, any donation helps to make a difference and is very appreciated.
Join our Network!
We also welcome a different kind of support: Your Voice. Our project is about collaboration and the sharing of ideas and opinions. Whether you are an individual, group, business or project, your ideas can impact our project. Ankaa is about creating a supportive and expansive network that connects people from all different backgrounds all over the world.
Email us: info@ANKAAproject.org
Call us, message us or connect via Whatsapp on: +30 695 119 2126
Check out our website: www.ANKAAproject.org
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