Four children sitting on a bench having fun
Greece – September 4 2020

Greece: Refugee children given back a sense of normality

SOS Children’s Villages Greece runs a child friendly space at the Kara Tepe refugee reception centre on Lesvos island. Of the 1,200 refugees at Kara Tepe, at least half are children.


After the sadness and trauma of fleeing their home countries, often leaving behind friends, family and any sense of normality, the facilities in the centre give the children the chance for some stability again. It provides the children with a range of educational and sports activities, for anyone aged from 4 to 14.

There are currently about 60 children per day who come to the centre and an additional 40 attend Greek and English lessons.

Keeping the children happy and busy gives them back a bit of normal life, and the chance to have fun and make friends again. It also gives their parents and carers crucial child-free time to start to plan their next steps and work towards rebuilding their lives as a family.

Find out more about our child friendly spaces

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