In July 2016, Mosaik opened as the result of the dedicated work of a group of volunteers and two employed personnel. Since then, Mosaik has provided work to over twenty people – twelve of whom are teachers, while others are responsible for administration and management. By employing almost exclusively local people and refugees, we strengthen the surrounding community and nurture connections between refugees and locals. Mosaik was set up to be sustainable as a reliable resource for locals and for refugees whose asylum applications will take months — or even years — to process, while more and more people arrive daily on the island’s shores. The Centre has 630 students and participants and a wait list of over 400. The project relies entirely on donations to make this possible. Running costs include:
- Salaries for Mosaik’s teachers and day care team
- Salaries for Mosaik’s coordination team
- Course materials such as text books, photocopies and stationary supplies
- Day care supplies such as toys, children’s books, drawing materials
- Workshop materials such as wool, looms, wood, tools, paint, glue etc.
- Bus tickets from the Moria and Kara Tepe refugee camps or surrounding shelters to Mosaik and back
- Running costs such as rent of the building, electricity, water and petrol for heating the building during the winter
- Maintenance costs and repairs to the building and the garden
- Housing for volunteers and added maintenance costs
All contributions, no matter how small, are deeply appreciated. Thank you!