we established The first ReFOCUS Media Lab inside One Happy Family Refugee Community Center on Lesvos, Greece. We came back to this island, where in 2017 we taught photography and started our refugee storytelling project because the island continues to host over 8,000 refugees and more arrive 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 arrives to this island. In the Summer when traveling through the Mediterranean seems safer, the number of refugees in already overcrowded camps almost doubles.
Since STARTING REFOCUS, WE HAVE grOwN significantly AND CERTIFIED TWO CLASSES OF STUDENTS, OPENED UP A STUDIO IN the center of MYtiLEnE in OPENSPACE- the first co-working center ON THE ISLAND- AND STARTED COURSES WITH unaccompanied minors inSIDE Moria camp WITH OUR GREEK PARTNER STARFISH FOUNDATION.