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All4Aid at the UNHCR NGOs Consultation in Geneva

This week our managing director, Rodrigo Assis da Silva, is in Geneva, Switzerland, together with 106 NGO directors and civil society leaders invited by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to attend the European NGOs Consultation. 

This is a bi-annual event where the expertise of nonprofit sector leaders is accessed through conversations, panels and break-out sessions. The recommendations resulting from these conversations are then used to shape UNHCR’s priorities and strategies.

We are honoured that All4Aid has been invited to be part of this event and are very happy that we can play a small part in helping shape the work the UNHCR does in 135 countries around the globe and thus positively impact the lives of millions of refugees!


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All4Aid Team in Türkiye

This month some of our All4Aid team members spent time in Türkiye to resume a Feasibility Study we started some years ago but couldn’t finish due to the pandemic, the war and more recently the earthquake. Their goal was to evaluate the possibility of establishing an All4Aid Centre next year in Türkiye, a major stop for refugees coming from North Africa and the Middle East . 

Our team visited several sites, met with local mayors and key leaders, and supported a local church in their food distribution project to get a perspective of the situation. Watch this space for news on the findings of our research and feel free to share your thoughts on the idea of establishing an All4Aid Centre in Türkiye!

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102 Volunteers in the Past 3 Months

Between June and August, we had 102 short-term volunteers travelling from different countries to Greece, Cyprus and Romania in order to serve at our All4Aid Centres. These are people of all ages and professional backgrounds who went out of their comfort zones for a period of one week to three months to join us in our calling to work with displaced people, showing love and being change! Could you be our next volunteer? Check out our Short-Term Volunteering Opportunities Page to explore the possibility of serving with us in the near future!

Photo: training for volunteers at the All4Aid Community Centre on Lesvos, Greece.

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Saying Goodbye to Danielle!

It is a season of goodbyes at All4Aid. Today we bid farewell to Danielle who, after nearly 5 years of All4Aid, is moving to take on a new challenge (following a time of transition serving together at our centre in Cyprus, Danielle and her husband Filipe are moving to a new country to work with refugees and diaspora communities of Asia and the Arab world fully under the organisation where he has been serving for many years).

Danielle was one of the first persons who believed in our vision, leaving a thriving career in the hospitality sector to serve full-time as one of the directors of All4Aid. Having a business degree, a genuine heart to see refugees attain life in all its fullness, and an incredible ability to lead with humility and professionalism, Danielle has been a main pillar of All4Aid in the past years.

From masterfully writing grant proposals and strategic plans, to skilfully shaping the day-to-day operation of our centres, to safely coordinating the evacuation of our teams when violence broke out, to successfully designing our short-term volunteers experience – Danielle’s fingerprints can be seen everywhere in the work that we do and, especially, in how we do it: with compassion and excellence!

It has been an absolute joy and honour to have Danielle as part of our team and as one of our leaders all these years. Through her work and leadership the lives of many displaced people have been touched and transformed. We are also very grateful for the support we received from Filipe in key areas of All4Aid’s work in Cyprus and in our member care area during these past few months of transition.

Dear Danielle, as you leave All4Aid we can’t thank you enough for your years of service, dedication and for your friendship. We pray that God may guide you in your new journey and that He may continue to use you even more powerfully in the future as the great leader that you are! May God bless you and Filipe in your new journey!


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Saying Goodbye to Mahgul!

Last year, an Afghani young lady asked us for a job opportunity. Despite having a Masters degree, being fluent in English and having German C1 level, it was difficult for her to land a job, because she had no work experience in Germany.

Her request came at a good time. As our workload had increased a lot due to our Ukrainian Response Programme, we brought her into our team on a 1-year temporary contract to help us with administration and communication tasks.

It has been such a joy to work with her! Always smiling, always eager to learn and to bring her knowledge to the job. She got along so well with everyone in the team that, naturally, she went from being a work colleague to becoming a friend to us all!

Dear Mahgul, as you leave All4Aid, we want to thank you for your service and for your friendship. We are very proud of you and very happy that the experience working at All4Aid played such an important part in helping you land an amazing new job elsewhere, just at the right time! May God bless you in your new journey!


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Our Food Bank as a Lifeline for the People on the Move

Although the main focus of our FoodBank Programme in Lesvos, Greece, is to support women and girls, we understand that sometimes they are not able to come and that the food items we distribute can be heavy to carry. In such cases, we gladly welcome the husbands and fathers to collect the food on behalf of their wives and daughters.

Last week, we welcomed a young father among the many women who visited the FoodBank. He was holding a shopping list and selecting the food items his wife had requested. In Lesvos and everywhere; it is always great to see father and mother working together for the wellbeing of their family! 

It is through your generous donations and through the dedication of our volunteers that we are able to run essential programmes like the FoodBank. To support our work, please visit the link here.



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Spending Time, Playing and Drawing with Children

In Mavrovouni Camp in Lesvos, Greece, a lot of displaced families live with children of all ages.Welcoming children is part of our work at the All4Aid Community Centre while their mothers come to collect food, clothes, hygiene items, do laundry and take showers. 

We have set up a comfortable and safe space for them to draw and play as well as to feel loved. We believe that these activities can be part of the coping process, while forming new friendships, laughing together and moving forward. 

If you would like to volunteer with us on Lesvos and help us welcome and serve children and their families , check out the application form here.



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Working with and Alongside Refugees

At All4Aid, we make a point to work with and alongside displaced people on the move.  

The lady in the photo (left) is a gifted young woman from Sierra Leone. She has been serving as a community volunteer at the All4Aid Community Centre on Lesvos, Greece, for the past three months. She has been taking care of the shower rooms, welcoming people at our FoodBank, keeping the storage area clean and tidy, as well as welcoming other refugee women and girls in the hospitality area. 

Finally, after some time in Lesvos, Greece, she has received her paperwork and is soon travelling to start her new life elsewhere. This photo above shows her doing a handover and explaining her job to another young woman, our new international volunteer who just arrived on Lesvos. 

Seeing her attitude, dedication and diligence, as well as her passion to help other refugee women and girls and explaining the work to new volunteers is really inspirational and a big encouragement for all of us to be helpful and kind. 

We thank our friend from Sierra Leone for being an inspiration to us all and we wish her a bright future.

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World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day! It is all about standing with refugees everywhere and always. Today, we at All4Aid take a moment to commemorate the strength, courage and the resilience of millions of refugees all over the world, whoever they may be, wherever they may come from, and whenever they may be forced to flee.

As we mark this special day, at All4Aid, we commit ourselves to continue our work with refugees and asylum seekers in Greece, Cyprus and Romania and make steps daily towards displaced people attaining life in all its fullness. We count on your support and prayers to do so!

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