Christmas Present Drive

The festive season is here and it’s time to start thinking of presents. Action from Switzerland is going to give you a helping hand by providing you with some great gift options. But you’re not just buying a gift, you are giving vulnerable women in Greece a chance at a better life. Imagine fleeing war and persecution only to find yourself waiting in an overcrowded detention centre with little safety and even less personal dignity. This is the unfortunate reality for hundreds of women stranded in the Greek islands.

Select from the gift options below, each of which supports women who visit our Athena Centre for Women on Chios. We provide a variety of services (medical, dental, legal, psychological), classes (language, fitness, art, stress-relief), and amenities (warm showers and hygiene products, Wi-Fi) to our visitors in a clean, safe, and inviting space.

15 CHF – Package of notebooks for women to actively learn in our classes

20 CHF – Classroom supplies for a month’s worth of English and Greek language courses

36 CHF – Sponsor a woman for three visits to our Centre*

50 CHF – Shampoo and toiletries for one month at the Centre

120 CHF – Sponsor a woman for 10 days of visits to our Centre*

500 CHF – Provide emergency accommodation for a victim of sexual or physical assault for one month

700 CHF – One month’s rent for the Centre

3200 CHF – All costs for the Centre for one month

*We do not charge admission to the Centre but have recently incurred new expenses due to changes implemented by the Greek government and UNHCR. All refugees must now reside at the Vial camp and cannot easily reach our Centre. We ran a successful campaign to fund a bus for several months to bring women between Vial and the Centre, however, this adds an additional expense to our budget going forward.   

How it works:

  1. Choose a gift from the list above and make a donation on our website.
  2. Include the gift you’ve selected in the comment section. If you are opting for multiple gifts, please clarify this so we can send the appropriate cards to you.
  3. We will email you an electronic gift card that you can print and share with your loved ones. For gifts of 100 CHF or more, include your mailing address if you would instead like a paper card.

Happy holidays from all of us at Action from Switzerland. Our work would be impossible without you and we appreciate your generosity.

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