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 630 students aged 4 to 89, from 20 countries, Mosaik offers language courses in English, Greek, Arabic and Farsi, legal support for asylum applicants, vocational training in arts and crafts, upcycling workshops, music and dance classes, daycare for young children, and cultural events supported by artists, activists and organizations from across the world. Mosaik is a reaction to non-existing developements 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.
The Support Center is a collaborative project run by Lesvos Solidarity and borderline-europe. Lesvos Solidarity 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. Borderline-europe is a German human rights organization monitoring the situation of migrants on the external borders of Europe. In 2015 Borderline has established on Lesvos a branch to respond to the humanitarian crisis and opened a first reception station in the north of the island. Both groups are independent networks, that rely on support, donations and the energy of volunteer activists whose work is grounded in the belief that solidarity is the only appropriate response to this crisis.
Mosaik offers free education to refugees and locals to support integration and exchange between people of different origins. We regularly offer Greek, English and computer classes, workshops and recreational activities with partner organizations. Moreover Mosaik organises events of all kinds and hosts in its premises legal aid organizations who offer free legal aid. Mosaik is an activist project based on principles of solidarity, empowerment and inclusion. 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.