What we do

The main office for Greece is located in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece and has officially been open since June 2016. Currently ASB Greece is in charge of four refugee camps in Greece (Diavata, Katsikas, Filipiada and Doliana (Agia Eleni).

ASB Greece Projects

Between 2016 and 2018 ASB Greece has implemented two major projects funded by the European Union (DG ECHO) and the German Federal Foreign Ministry. Both projects aimed at the provision of needed support to the refugee population.

The EU funded ECHO project which started on 1st June 2016 and was implemented by ASB in cooperation with its project partners ARSIS Greece and WAHA International aimed at providing:

  •  Shelter for 1,000 refugees in Northern Greece
  •  Primary Medical Care to the same population as well as
  •  Social Services.

The project funded by the German Foreign Federal Office was a regional project where ASB implements activities in three countries: Serbia, North Macedonia and Greece.

In Greece the project was implemented in cooperation with ARSIS Greece and focused on the provision of:

  •  Humanitarian Aid
  •  Provision of social services
  •  Activities with refugee youth through Youth centres and care-taking of Unaccompanied Minors.

Between January 2019 and December 2021 ASB’s programmes in Greece are funded by The Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (ΙΟΜ) which contributes to tackling the refugee crisis in Europe. DG Home in Greece supports the Greek government in providing services in 26 open accommodation sites in mainland Greece.

Activities of the project “Improving the Greek Reception System through Site Management Support and Targeted Interventions in Long-Term Accommodation Sites”  and “Supporting the Greek Authorities in Managing the National Reception System for Asylum Seekers and Vulnerable Migrants (SMS)” implemented by IOM and ASB at the sites of Diavata, Katsikas, Filippiada, Doliana and Agia Eleni include:

Site Management Support (SMS):

  • Help Desk
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Shelter
  • Non-food Items

Protection interventions:

  • Legal counselling
  • Psychological and Psychosocial Support (PSS)
  • Child Protection (CP)

Non-Formal Education (NFE):

  • Child Friendly Space (CFS)
  • Life skills
  • Language courses

 

The project “Improving the Greek Reception System through Site Management Support and Targeted Interventions in Long-Term Accommodation Sites”  came to an end on the 31st December 2019. The project “Supporting the Greek Authorities in Managing the National Reception System for Asylum Seekers and Vulnerable Migrants (SMS)” commenced on the 1st of January 2020 and continued through to the 31st of December 2021 when it also came to an end.

As of January 2022 maintenance, security and cleaning services have been taken over by the Greek State while ASB in cooperation with IOM is implementing the project of Harmonizing Protection Practices in Greece (HARP 2022) and making efforts to cover current gaps in service provision and will continue to do so until full handover of all services is completed.

Since October 2021, ASB became an implementing partner for the Non-Formal Education (NFE) project “All children in education” ACE funded by UNICEF Greece and with the cooperation of the Danish Refugee Council.