UNHCR undertook discussions with communities in the sites throughout mainland Greece to implement small scale community-based projects, meeting the requests and needs identified by communities. The permanence of refugees in sites not meeting the minimal standards in most of the sectors and with unclear perspective is progressively hampering the relations within the refugee community.
It was noticed that the absence of recreational activities exacerbates anxieties and is a contributing factor to tensions among camp residents. Additionally, both parents and children are eager for children to resume educational activities. Community-based interventions are not aiming at substitution but at complementing formal education. Engagement with women, permitting confidence-building and a deeper understanding of the issues they face in the sites, requires dedicated activities which they can access and where they can participate freely.