Ioannina

HABIBI AND SPORT WITH REFUGEES

Habibi and Sport is located in close proximity to the refugee camp of Katsikas in Northern Greece. More than 3000 refugees and asylum seekers live in the region of Epirus, most of them without access to education, psychological support, the labormarket, dignified living conditions or Greek society. People in the asylum process have little control over major or minor decisions in their life. However, sport brings back some sense of agency, belonging and ownership, in addition to the benefits of sports to physical and mental health. This is why, we aim to have the community engaged at every step of the construction of the project: from community meetings where we set up our timetables to their actual participation as community teachers where they become leaders in the sport of their own choice.

THE PROJECT

Habibi & Sport with Refugees’ (HSR) goal is to empower refugees in Katsikas camp and Ioannina. We help them build important skills, create a purpose, and become part of a strong community. We do this through sport activities which include boxing, yoga, running, volleyball, football, climbing and more.

Part of the HSR project also includes an initiative called Habibti.Trains which supports the creation of an enunciation and safe space for women through sports.

OUR COLLABORATION INVOLVES:

  • Habibi.Works, an intercultural maker space and platform for education, empowerment and encounters for refugees and Greek locals in the North of Greece! The driving force behind this extraordinary project is the young German NGO Soup & Socks e.V.
  • KOIZ – founded in 2016, KOIZ is a free digital platform whose main purpose is the creation of a space for the production, exchange and dissemination of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, through collaborative work between academia, social movements, NGOs and others.
  • Yoga & Sport With Refugees’ goal is to empower refugees in Athens and on the Greek island of Lesvos to believe in themselves, their dreams, and their strength! YSR helps refugee athletes build important skills, create a purpose and become part of a strong community. They do this through yoga activities and sport—gym training, running, swimming, classes, martial arts, dance, climbing and more.
  • MAIKA’I Project: group of crazy and motivated climbers who want to change the world through climbing sport and values.

Habibi Works – HSR Gym

The gym space is located near Habibi Works and has many weekly classes and students! The main area includes an impressive climbing wall for climbing classes, as well as equipment needed for dance, fitness, boxing and bodybuilding. Many of our community, including those from the Katsikas camp and people from Athens and Lesvos travelling through Northern Greece attend or teach the classes, as well as train new community members to lead classes, programs and activities within the local area.

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