Samos Volunteers (SV) is one of a handful of NGOs present on the island offering informal educational activities and psychosocial support. Their aim is to combat boredom, reduce isolation, and instil a sense of normality to the lives of those living in the camp.
Down the road from the camp, the Alpha Centre and Alpha Hub are the home of the project’s language classes and recreational activities for adults. The centres are a safe, dry, clean place for people to get away from the awful living conditions up on the hill. Around the corner from the Alpha Centre, SV’s laundry station is the only place people in the camp can get their clothes cleaned and dried.
Samos Volunteers’ community centres have had to close at times during the coronavirus pandemic to protect its visitors and volunteers. The laundry service, however, remains open throughout as it is classified as an essential service.