Action from Switzerland
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Action from Switzerland, a volunteer-run team based in Zürich, has been advocating for and supporting refugees on the island of Chios since early 2016. Our primary project to date has been the Athena Centre for Women, the first exclusively female space outside the refugee camps in Greece. The Centre provides a safe place for women to learn, socialize, and heal through various medical, legal, and psychological services as well as classes in language, health, art therapy, and relaxation. This year AfS is expanding to Athens and will open a residential building as well as a vocational training centre for vulnerable women. AfS volunteers also run several projects to support refugees settling or passing through Switzerland. AfS is a fiercely independent organization and is funded entirely by private donations. View our full mission statement and learn more about us on our website. AfS was named as one of “6 Organizations to Watch Among NGO-Advisor’s Top-Ranked 500” in 2017 by Devex and has been featured in articles by Amnesty International, The Guardian, and the Huffington Post.