Dare to Care - Group of Humanitarian Operations
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Dare to Care - Group of Humanitarian Operations

A group of volunteers are in Indomei - Greece to work for the refugees.

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A group of volunteers are in Indomei - Greece to work for the refugees.

"Was it cool? Did you enjoy it?" – People ask over and over again, unaware of the twist it makes me feel in my stomach. It’s like a punch in the face. I stay in silence for a while, take a deep breath and force myself to be that person who truly just wanna know how I feel but for not knowing better, chose the wrong words.

Welcome to hell, they told us, and learn fast. And we did learned fast.

Every night now, I close my eyes thinking how many trains were there today? How many groups arrived? Are there enough clothes? Who’s talking to them about their options to settle? Who’s sharing their stories not to be forgoten? I’m back to my little job, wich I love, my little life, and everything feels empty, because I’ve learnt fast. I’ve learned fast.

“Was it cool? Did you enjoy it?” – Breathe. Just breathe. All the faces pass in front of me again, and again. The names, I’m confused about the names. I think of that afegan couple, they carry a baby, 7 months girl, they don’t want nothing for themselves, “but sister, please, if you could give us clean clothes for the baby. Sorry to ask, but she’s dirty because of the dipper. Sorry sister.”.

The girl wasn’t a little dirty, it’s like all of her inside clothes turned into a shity wipe. She came like that since Greece because there were no clothes for her in Idomeni. She’s crying. The mother is crying. The father walks with his head down. They say they’re sorry. They just asked for clean clothes. They’re sorry.

“Was it cool? Did you enjoy it?” – I see the first family I met, from syria,  two brothers travel with theire wifes and children, two each. “Sister, I’m sorry, can you tell us when the train will come?” - “We never know, my brother, you just have to wait here until the police calls to the line.”. We’ve waited together for a while, he told me his story, how he sold his life to run away from the war, how he will never go back, because all he once loved is now the testemonial of the nightmare. I tell him about Portugal, Spain, Neetherlands, he’s confused, they think only German and Belgium are receiving people. “Why is there no system? Why there are no information points in each camp, so we know better? Why don’t they talk to us like you do?”. I look down feeling ashamed of my first world Europe, he understands, and he says he’s sorry. He says he’s sorry to expect human treatment. He’s sorry.

“Was it cool? Did you enjoy it?” – No. I understand the confusion in people heads. I do. I force myself to accept this question. But you should know in your hearts: It makes me sick. It makes me wanna scream at you. It makes me feel ashamed. It wasn’t cool. There’s nothing to enjoy on it. But my heart and soul stood there, and therefore I must go back, because when you see it, you can’t ignore it no more.


About the author

Paulo Leão - 44 years old - Entrepreneur for 23 years now - With business to manage, leaves company and family to help the needed. Allready went to Croácia, Eslováenia and Austria in humanitaryan mission. But can anda want to help more.

Ana Perpétuo - 43 years old - Social Worker for 14 years now - Amoung different projects ongoing, within her usual workfield, found the space to go back and stay longer.

Ângela Marques - 31 years old - Advertisment and Comunication Professional for 8 years now - Quit the job to be able to go back.

Marta Canete - 38 years old - Nurse for 7 years now - Going through a hard time, trying to negotiate all year hollidays and days off to go back and stay as much as possible.

Hugo Caldeira - 32 years old - Former Nursing Assistant and current Hospital Administrative Assistant for 10 years now - Asked for a unpaid leave in order to stay for a longer period.

Budget and due dates

On our first visit to Gevgelija, with a Portuguese ONG, we had 9500€ which were spent in gloves, winter jackets, food and shoes.

That big amount was little for a week... we now go on our own, with only enough to provide the plain trip, the place to sleep and something to eat. We need help, not to finance a touristic stay, but to support essential needs and, above all, to buy shoes and clothes that are precious each and every single day in the camp. So, we can't quantify a budget, we ask for as much as possible, believe us, every cent will make a huge difference there!

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Wed, 20/04/2016 - 17:40

O nosso objectivo foi alvançado.

Apesar do Crowdfounding promovido pela GOH para ajudar os refugiados estacionados em Idomeni (Grécia) apenas ter angariado 653€. É graças a um donativo anónimo que informamos qu...

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  • Paulo Leão

    O nosso objectivo foi alvançado.

    Apesar do Crowdfounding promovido pela GOH para ajudar os refugiados estacionados em Idomeni (Grécia) apenas ter angariado 653€. É graças a um donativo anónimo que informamos que fizemos a transferência de 2.000€ para os voluntáros que no local ajudam a minimizar as carências destes fugitivos da guerra.
    Obrigado a todos os doadores!

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  • Tiago Cipriano Pires

    Qual a relação desta campanha com a anterior DARE TO CARE?

    Não é claro para mim qual a relação desta campanha com outra anterior (que eu até apoiei) chamada 'DARE TO CARE - OUR WAY BACK TO THE CAMP!'.
    O texto é praticamente o mesmo, mas agora o autor desta campanha adicionou o nome dele ao dos outros promotores. Se isto é o mesmo grupo porque é que a campanha anterior não é mencionada de todo? Gostava de ver isto esclarecido antes de poder apoiar.


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  • Paulo LeãoTiago Cipriano Pires

    Relação com anterior campanha.

    Boa noite. Esta campanha assume o mesmo discurso e modelo porque os intervenientes são os mesmos, porem com mais reforços, e os destinatários da campanha também - os refugiados que chegam à Grécia. A campanha anterior é mencionada apenas no titulo porque ainda está a decorrer o trabalhos dos voluntários no terreno. Pode acompanhar em https://www.facebook.com/GO-Humanitarian-Grupo-de-Opera%C3%A7%C3%B5es-Hu...
    Agora estamos a formar mais uma equipa para reforço e substituição da que já está a trabalhar na Grécia.
    Desde já gratos pelo donativo anterior e até breve :-)

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  • Tiago Cipriano PiresPaulo Leão

    Relação com anterior campanha

    Boa tarde,

    Obrigado pelo esclarecimento. Entretanto também estive em contacto com uma das pessoas da campanha anterior que me explicou qual a relação com o GO-HGO. Dado que estou esclarecido irei apoiar a campanha agora.

    Boa sorte!

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  • Ana Cardoso

    06/04/2016 - 14:02

  • Gonçalo Coelho

    05/04/2016 - 19:23

  • Anonymous

    05/04/2016 - 12:45

    Bem-Hajam pela Vossa Ajuda :)

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    02/04/2016 - 10:28

    GOH, obrigada pelo trabalho. o apoio em Idemeni é essencial

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  • Michaela Preiss

    24/03/2016 - 19:48

    Obrigada aos voluntários que estão em Idomeni pelos esforços humanitários.

  • Anonymous

    24/03/2016 - 09:23

    Bem-Hajam pela Vossa Ajuda

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