The NGO “Yoga and Sport with Refugees” was created to give hope and leadership through sport to men and women who had to flee their country because of war, persecutions and other reasons, and look for a safe place to live in Europe. As they arrived on Greek land they became trapped into refugee camps, forced to live in inhuman conditions.
“Sport For Refugees” was created by Estelle and Dana in 2017 on the island of Lesvos in order to accompany refugees, dignify them and defend human rights that are continually violated in camps like the former Moria. In the camps, there is a continuous situation of violence, sexism, conflict and despair. This is where we can make the greatest impact; helping human beings to not lose hope and to never give up on their dream of living a safe life.
Our organization wants to empower asylum seekers, refugees and migrants through sport, integrate them into the community, and help improving their physical and mental health so that they find a way out of the monotony, frustration and stagnation caused by their asylum process.
In addition, we exist of a team of trainers from the refugee community: they are in charge of their activities, in this way they gain leadership, self-confidence and they continue building their future.
Our activities break with ethnic and religious barriers, generating a meeting space and cooperation between cultures where everyone participates.