Second Tree is a community-led, volunteer-run, grassroots NGO that supports, teaches and learns with refugees across Northern Greece. Our founders were volunteers that independently responded to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in early 2016. They met in Katsikas Refugee Camp and left their old lives to build an organisation that first and foremost treats refugees like humans. Since then, our team of volunteers has grown and we have reached hundreds of refugees through our programs. We currently work in two camps and one Community Centre reaching approximately 2,500 people.
Our work has evolved in three key areas:
CHILDREN WELL-BEING Through our Scouts program that takes children out of the camp and into local community.
INTEGRATION of the refugees as European citizens through our Integration program.
The overarching goal is to help refugees regain agency through skills-building opportunities. We achieve this through high quality programming and working only with qualified volunteers.
To empower individuals with the skills needed to engage in their new community by providing them with access to information, services, and opportunities that strengthen their capacities and ensure that their rights are realised.
We aim to create a society in which fundamental rights, equitable access to resources and services, and a healthy environment are granted to all and everyone. A society in which all individuals are provided with the tools needed to progress their lives in safety and with dignity.
SECOND TREE takes its name from the following proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.”
Our belief is that it is never too late to take action and work towards making a positive difference in the world.
OUR COMMUNITY OF VOLUNTEERS
Second Tree was founded by a group of volunteers, and volunteers remain the backbone of our organization. Their passion, dedication and creativity are crucial to our activities.
Meet our long-term volunteers
from Madrid, Spain
from Bologna, Italy
from Athens, Greece
from Bosnia / Qatar
from Florence, Italy
Education Program Manager
from Cheltenham, UK
from High Wycombe, UK
Grants and Fundraising Manager
from Basingstoke, UK
Youth Program Coordinator
Integration Program Manager
from Geneva, Switzerland
Second Tree has the privilege of partnering with respected organizations from all over the world.
Find out how we are working together to make a difference.