This is a request for an emergency donation to cover the cost of one month's rent for this family. Their HELIOS funding has been repeatedly delayed, leaving the family unable to pay rent and at serious threat of eviction
I am a volunteer caseworker supporting this family, as part of the Khora Asylum Support Team. I am supporting a Syrian family who have received refugee status.
This is a request for an emergency donation to cover the cost of one month's rent for this family. Their HELIOS funding (a grant for recognised refugees) has been repeatedly delayed, leaving the family unable to pay rent for the last two months and at serious threat of being evicted. This is a one-off request for help, providing a stop-gap before their HELIOS funding is finally granted to them. They had been set-up with the HELIOS programme as soon as they received their positive decision, and have been waiting since Jan 2021 for this financial support to come-through. They have repeatedly visited the HELIOS office to request information on their case, however they are merely told that ‘it will come soon’. The lack of any firm date has left the family debilitated, with no other option but to just wait.
It is clearly wrong for the EU asylum system to rely on private support in order to provide shelter for any person passing through this system; in this case it is specifically for a family who have received status as Beneficiaries of International Protection in the midst of the coronavirus economy. However, I can see no other way to prevent them from being made homeless than to privately fundraise for their rent.
They have informed me that their rent is €175, and their electricity bill is €35, making €210 in total. This is the amount of money I am trying to raise, and any excess will be fed directly into the refugee community. A small donation of £2 or £3 from under 100 people should be able to raise this amount.
To be clear, charity is the sign of a failed system. It reflects the nature of our current reality that we have to rely on it in order for peoples’ basic human rights to be met.
I have met this family through the work I am doing with Khora, however this is a private fundraiser for a one-off donation and is not affiliated with Khora at all. For more information our work: https://www.khora-athens.org/asylum-support-team
KAST is a team of volunteer caseworkers and interpreters who aim to fill the gap in information sharing and advocacy here in Athens. We offer personal support and information to people navigating the Greek asylum system, as well as assistance to people trying to access other services in Athens, such as housing and health care.
Through our work we are exposed to seeing the human rights abuses that the EU asylum system inflicts on those who are attempting to navigate it. Asylum seekers are rarely provided with the full information on the sheer number of steps and processes that they are required to go within the 2-5 years (on average) that it takes to complete the asylum procedure. They are forced to live at the whim of a broken system, ill-designed to process the hundreds of thousands of individuals who are fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. All those in Greece are expected to persist with year-long waits, without progress or updates provided to them.
Likewise, there is insufficient material resources available. Money that flows from the EU into the Greek asylum system never fully materialises, and thousands upon thousands of asylum seekers and recognised refugees are left homeless, sleeping in the streets of Athens or in makeshift shelters on the islands, without regular access to food or water. Cash support is arbitrarily cut off. If you would like more information on the current nature of the system, please see this report: https://www.mobileinfoteam.org/accommodation-report. This campaign will attempt to prevent one family from becoming homeless, however many thousands of more asylum seekers and refugees will continue to be homeless within the current asylum system.
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