we established The first ReFOCUS Media Lab inside One Happy Family Refugee Community Center on Lesvos, Greece. We came back to this island, where we taught photography and started our refugee storytelling project in 2017 because the island continues to host over 10,000 refugees with more arriving every day. This community center was built with and for refugees, and it has been a dream to help this community continue to thrive.
Lesvos is still one of the most important refugee hubs in Europe. Most people trying to cross from Turkey to the European Union arrive on this island. In the Summer, when traveling through the Mediterranean seems safer, the number of refugees in already overcrowded camps almost doubles and hundreds die en route.
Since STARTING REFOCUS, WE HAVE grOwN significantly AND CERTIFIED TWO CLASSES OF STUDENTS, OPENED UP A STUDIO IN the center of MYtiLini in OPENSPACE- the first co-working center ON THE ISLAND- AND STARTED COURSES WITH unaccompanied minors inSIDE Moria camp WITH OUR GREEK PARTNER asterias-STARFISH FOUNDATION.