Support Our Partners: Movement On The Ground
Movement On The Ground has inspired Freshtable for a long time. The impact MOTG has had on not only campus residents and host countries, but on society as a whole has been a true inspiration to Freshtable. As our team consists out of statusholders, some members have actually been campus residents. We therefore want to contribute to MOTG and work alongside the organization wherever we can. We work alongside MOTG to help contribute to an open society known for it’s solidarity and welcoming sentiments towards any human being seeking aid in Europe.How do we do it? We strongly encourage YOU as a freshfam customer to donate any amount you can spare to support MOTG and the remarkable work they have done so far. With your help, you can do good even from afar!
Movement On The Ground (MOTG) is a Dutch foundation that was established in 2015 by five INDIVIDUALS touched by the refugee crisis and called to action. Motivated by the fact that there is an unequipped system in place to deal with the refugee crisis that is built on fear and resentment, Movement On The Ground has made it’s mission to provide a dignified, sustainable and innovative response that benefits both refugees and host populations.
Movement On The Ground believes that refugee camps should be more inclusive and self-sufficient and that the refugee population should feel safe, empowered and connected to their host community. This is called the “Camp to campUs philosophy”. Movement On The Ground’s work mainly focuses on Greece, more specifically the islands in the Aegean Sea. Due to the short distance between Turkey – on some islands only six kilometres – this is an important route for refugees that want to reach Europe. Freshtable wholeharetdly supports organizations such as MOTG as they are essential in providing refugees and camp residents with the right equipment. We thereofre strongly encourage our freshfam to take a look on the website of MOTG and support the amazing work they have done so far!
- Currently, more than 20,000 refugees and migrants reside on Lesvos, living mostly in and around Moria camp and just over 1,000 live in Kara Tepe, a camp for the most vulnerable cases. And on Samos, close to 7,000 refugees reside mostly in and around Vathy camp.
- Moria camp was initially built for 3,000 people, and now 6,000 people live within the gates of the camp.
- Another 14,000 live in the Olive Groves surrounding the camp. Unfortunately, not much is left of those Olive Groves, for example, many of the trees have been chopped for wood in order to create fires for food and warmth and to build shelters. Realising the instability of this situation, MOTG decided to rent the plots of land outside of Moria camp from the local Greek farmers who owned them and build what they now call ‘Olive grove campUs’.
MOTG states: Our Camp to campUs philosophy is something that we have developed and nurtured, and we are now realising just how impactful this approach is in relation to the refugee crisis. Moving forward, we hope to be able to extend our mission beyond the Greek islands, and to more refugee camps across the globe. We want to work together, with all stakeholders in this crisis, towards dignity.
And at the core of our philosophy, is the refugees themselves, who we refer to as residents, because once you stop fleeing you no longer retain the title of a refugee. We encourage residents to work with us to improve their living conditions, and this mentality has allowed us to build connections, trust and a sense of community, which has ensured safety and peace in our Olive Grove campUs.