In March 2017, we visited Mosaik in Lesvos and made this film for them.
The Mosaik Center for Refugees and Locals was established jointly in 2016 by Lesvos Solidarity and German human rights NGO, Borderline-Europe.
Mosaik provides a space of warmth, safety, education and community for the refugee population on Lesvos together with the local people. Built on principles of solidarity, integration and empowerment, Mosaik aims to move beyond immediate response to the migrant crisis and offer sustainable structures to support refugees in their resolve to live their uncertain lives with dignity & self-resepct.
Mosaik has provided work to over twenty people – twelve of whom are teachers. By employing both local people and refugees, it strengthens the surrounding community and nurtures connections between the entire Lesvos community.
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 organisations from across the world.
There are 1300 registered students and 700 people, men, women and children regularly attend classes each week.
Mosaik relies entirely on donations to continue its work and ensure it's survival.