When the 400 strong Yazidi population – who had been a particularly integral part of our community centre project – left Nea Kavala in August and were taken to Serres camp, 120km away, both parties were keen to continue collaborating. So we immediately established a sister project and since then we have focussed on providing them with English language classes, activities and self-study material.
This was initially carried out as a mobile team, travelling to Serres camp twice a week. Later that year, they were evacuated from their tents in the winter and taken to hotel accommodation in a different town, and we set up there and established daily English classes at a ‘pop-up learning cafe’. These daily classes have moved once again as the Yazidis returned to their original but upgraded camp in Serres at the end of March 2017. Our access to the camp has not been renewed, but we currently run lessons from a local park.