Goodwill Caravan is non-profit Humanitarian Charity that covers refugee protection projects including shelter, food, legal and medical support in the UK and Greece. We are registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (registration no 1176314).We help vulnerable refugee families, orphans, detained unaccompanied children
We help vulnerable refugee families, orphans, detained unaccompanied children at risk of organ trade, trafficking and kidnappings if left in detention centres, prisons or homeless on arrival to the Greek islands, we also conduct homeless aid distributions to help local populations including Greek nationals.
Goodwill Caravan supports hundreds of refugees in our shelter projects for vulnerable refugee families. We run sustainable educational and production projects. Our refugee aid trips continue and we monitor families from UK and have people on the ground from several organisations who work hand in hand for continuity of care.
Many remote camps are unsafe for children/ vulnerable families with snakes, wild boars, scorpions, and reports of kidnappings. This undeniable need created our temporary housing project in Greece.
Once Goodwill Caravan adopt a vulnerable family’s case file we do not leave them until they are safely handed over to UNHCR housing or are legally flown out of Greece with the ‘Family Relocation Program’, to be reunited with family members in Europe etc.
Goodwill Caravan look after the families we support, and help enable and empower them to learn skills to help them be functional members of society in Greece or the countries they are relocated to.
WITH YOUR HELP, GOODWILL CARAVANHAS HELPED OVER 30.000 REFUGEES; BUT THERE IS STILL SO MUCH LEFT TO DO!
Goodwill Caravan (GWC) helps vulnerable refugee families, orphans and, detained unaccompanied children, many of whom are at risk of organ trade, trafficking and even kidnapping particularly if left in detention centres, prisons or homeless on arrival to the Greek islands. GWC also conducts homeless aid distributions to help local populations including Greek nationals.
EMERGENCY AID: BULK DISTRIBUTIONS
Goodwill Caravan recognised the need to support the very basics for people already living in desperate situations. One of the first programmes we set up was out Emergency Aid: Bulk Distribution Programme. Through this intervention we distribute across our shelters, detention centres and refugee camps; food, clothing, diapers, baby milk, sanitary towels, sleeping bags etc.
SHELTER AND LEGAL SUPPORT FOR DETENTION CASES
The Goodwill Caravan Legal Office supports vulnerable refugees with asylum support. We support detention release cases, especially for women and children/unaccompanied children and minors, who have been separated from their parents due to death, drowning or a multitude of other terrible things which all too often happen along the refugee trail.
GWC ACCOMPANIMENT SERVICE
Our project Accompaniment Service helps to transport refugees from their camp to the local hospital so that they can access healthcare services. The service also helps them to take them to asylum services, that are not accessible by foot from the camps that are remotely located. Goodwill Caravan’s Accompaniment Service is the only one of its kind in Athens.
LEGAL SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES
After a barrage of negative propaganda over recent months, the media may well have stopped its intense focus on the refugee crisis, but it continues to affect thousands of desperately vulnerable families each month who flee their homes due to war, climate change and devastation. Goodwill Caravan is working with Lawyers for Good to identify volunteer lawyers to travel to Greece and support on legal services for refugees.
FEMALE EMPOWERMENT LIFE SKILLS WORKSHOPS
Many refugee single parents find it difficult to integrate and become financially independent. Following consultation, Goodwill Caravan is now starting projects designed for single parents to enable them to build their own businesses providing them with longer term financial security and a sense of independence and self reliance.