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GAiN Volunteers on the ground in Poland

GAiN Volunteerson the ground in Poland Our partners in Poland have communicated a need for highly skilled and well-trained individuals to help with the crisis in Ukraine. They are seeing a massive influx of refugees arriving, with over 2 million people having fled the war, and they need help managing their

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GAiN UK Team Oct 2020

Looking back and highlights

Looking back and highlights As we think about the challenges we had last year with the pandemic and how we needed to change to adapt to the restrictions set by the government, we are so thankful that we were able to do so many things to help those who are in

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aid distributed in Haiti

Reaching families across Haiti

Reaching Familiesacross Haiti Haiti has had to endure back-to-back natural disasters, leaving people displaced, without food, water or shelter. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck on the 14th of August, and Tropical storm Grace swept the area just two days after, adding to the hardships of those already displaced.  More than 2,000

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Last time we spoke…

It has been a while since we updated you with news about us and our work. We’ve had a number of new staffing updates, news about what’s been happening with our relief work in Greece, new opportunity to give aid to refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a new start to being involved in a development project called Water for Life.

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Refugee Crises in Greece

What a strange year. It was a year of isolation. A year where we were distracted from familiar things, everyday habits, our normal movements, our friends and even family. It has been a year of reflection about what is really necessary and important.

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Rethinking How to Spend Lockdown in a Global Pandemic!

Anais is a Disaster and Emergency Response Team (DART) member and after being in lockdown in London for a while, she began to rethink how she could be spending her time during a global pandemic. In this post, Anais answers some interview questions about how she became a DART member and what’s motivated her to join GAiN’s response to the Corona Virus in Camp Moria.

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GAiN UK Turns 5 & Leadership Handover

This year GAiN UK is turning 5 and in celebration of this milestone, we have held an Online Network Gathering and Celebration Event! Thank you to everyone who attended these events. In this post Sarah Patel has summarised some of what GAiN UK has achieved over the past 5 years. This page will give you the opportunity to respond to our Celebration Event and hear a little about what the next fears year have in store.

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Camp Moria: A Refuge

As we prepared ourselves for what the press is calling “the hell of Moria”, we became more fearful as we read articles, books, saw photos and watched footage of the camp. We prayed for courage, for protection, for provision, for wisdom, for compassion….

We arrived in Lesbos to meet our team and get some informative, relevant and insightful training: a great start to meet such special, dedicated, wise people and feel safe together.

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Marie Kondo & the Art of Giving

I’ll admit it. I’m one of the millions who binge-watched the new Marie Kondo Netflix series ‘Tidying Up’ over the holidays. It hit me at just the right time. My house was filled with clutter, disused baby toys, bills from 2009 and clothes that no longer fit. I’d been itching to start 2019 with a fresh mind and a clean house, and Marie Kondo and her patented joy-sparking and folding methods were just the push I needed to get started.

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Tom Cruise, tents & doing the impossible!

Danielle shares about how the mission to send desperately needed supplies to refugees in Lesbos began with a little help from Tom Cruise! Whilst out in Greece with a GAiN volunteer team one of Danielle’s friends got in touch to say that he had an idea for how we might be able to get some bigger, better tents to the people who are facing winter with inadequate shelter.

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Motivation for Life in South Africa

This project started when Lizelle Pieterse (with GAiN South Africa) had a heart to mobilise people within South Africa to respond to the pockets of poverty on their door step. This desire has now grown into a vision to give children who are living on the margins and would otherwise have been forgotten, a fighting chance at life.

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There is still hope

It was a lot to take in at once and as we got to know people it changed so many things about how I saw the Refugee Crisis. Going in I had a “Headline View” of the Refugee Crisis, when I came back I had gained the “Human View.” I realized that the Refugee label had kept me from seeing those seeking refuge as people. I recognized that a Refugee is not a kind of nationality or citizenship, but a season of life and a journey.

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A new kind of freedom in Iraq

For three years, 1,500 displaced people, primarily from Mosul, called a half-finished building in Erbil, which became a refugee camp, home. This Christmas, the tall skeleton of the building was empty: after Mosul and its surrounding area was liberated, most of the families returned to their hometowns and villages, and have started the long process of rebuilding.

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