WELCOME TO MOSAIK
Mosaik Support Center for Refugees and Locals provides a space of warmth, safety and community for the most vulnerable populations on Lesvos. Built on principles of solidarity, integration and empowerment, Mosaik aims to move beyond immediate crisis response and to offer sustainable structures to support refugees in their resolve to live with dignity. Bringing together over 300 students from teenagers to adults, from a wide variety of countries, Mosaik offers language courses in English and Greek, IT lessons, vocational training in arts and crafts, up-cycling workshops and cultural events supported by artists, activists and organizations from across the world. Mosaik is a reaction to non-existing developments and responses to the improvement of the situation of refugees on Lesvos – also to set a counterexample and to prove that other solutions are possible than the ones always said to be without alternatives and still practised. Mosaik opened its doors in July 2016. Since then we were able to register more than 4000 people for our regular classes plus many many more participating in events and daily visitors to our support desk team.
Currently Mosaik is a project run by Lesvos Solidarity which is a local activist group on Lesvos that manages an open refugee camp based in the ex-PIKPA camp in Mytilini. It is a self – organized, autonomous space which has existed since 2011, is run by volunteers and is built on the basic principle of solidarity.
Mosaik began in 2016 with the aim to offer refugees and migrants a sustainable perspective on life while being on the island of Lesvos. We wanted to give some constructive meaning to an otherwise harrowing and seemingly arbitrary experience of waiting, attrition and discouragement. It was the creation of a partnership between Borderline Europe and Lesvos Solidarity.
Our actions are based on political work as we aim for long term change rather than just helping people in need. Our believe is that this situation can only changed by solidarity and not by charity. Our work responds to the demands of the population we support rather than to apply what Europeans believe is best for those coming to Greece seeking for refuge and a better life. We also base our work out of the local community because this is the only sustainable way and also strengthens the local community and creates sensitivity among locals about the situation of refugees.