Our day to day Work

Our day to day work is carried out in our workshop, a short walk from the Kara Tempe refugee camp. Refugees living inside the camp can come visit us to gain access to our services.

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Bicycle Repairs

The camp is located 5km from the city and bicycles are the main means of transport for refugees. At the bike station, we repair and distribute them.  Around 200 bikes are repaired per month. Bicycles are the most efficient and widespread means of transport among the refugees on the island. Bicycles allow for more freedom and autonomy; this transport is indispensable for important legal and medical appointments.

Electronic Repairs

The electronic repair station is one of the most impactful work-station for refugees visiting the Makerspace. Here we repair all kinds of small electronics, from fans to mobile phones. These repairs are invaluable as they allow refugees to find data that could be crucial in their asylum application. It also allows them to connect to relatives they have likely not seen in a long time.

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The Sewing Centre

With over 150 items of clothing repaired per month, the sewing workshop has the strongest investment to impact ratio. The sewing centre enable visitors to the community centre to have clothes in good condition and ready to face the different weather conditions. It is also an opportunity for some to learn how to sew or make simple alterations.

Carpentry

this is the most versatile part of the project. In our fully equipped carpentry workshop, our volunteers work on all kinds of wooden constructions and repairs. Woodworking has a direct impact on the lives of the refugees. One of our latest projects, the construction of wooden carts, allows for the transportation of groceries, which are otherwise carried several kilometers. Carpentry is also very valuable for the different charitable associations with which we cooperate. Beyond the construction of shelves or small furniture, we have also helped our different partners repair or fit out their makeshift homes.

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The Women's Space

The Women Space is separate to our other work-stations. Located in a room next to the Makerspace, this quiet place was conceived as a safe space (access is strictly reserved to women) for the community of women refugees on the island. Women can express themselves in complete freedom and safety, while sewing, knitting or partaking in crochet workshops.  Today, the women's space brings together a community of 73 refugee women who visit every day to rest, practice manual activities, or simply to meet, discuss and help each other.

 

Projects

In parallel to our consistent, day to day work at our workshop and the women's centre, we engage in a number of projects. We are always looking for ways we can use our skills, knowledge and tools to help on the island, often partnering or supporting other NGOs to run these projects. 

 

 

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A new shower centre. 

In recent months, our carpentry team has been supporting to build a new shower centre and washing machine centre, a short distance from the camp.

Supporting Boat theatre project 

We helped out a community driven theatre production with stagebuilding and special effects.

Check out the result at https://www.instagram.com/theboat_theater/

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