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!