Home for All is a non-profit organization in Lesvos, Greece, which deeply believes that everyone has the same right to be free from hunger, to feel dignity, and to feel at home, regardless of their nationality and asylum status. Our philosophy is to feed people, not by simply giving them food, but feeding their need to be part of a community and showing them a future in which they have a meaningful place. We run a free restaurant for refugees, a vocational skills program, and an internet support center which serves newly arrived refugees on the island alongside local Greek residents and international volunteers to help develop cross-cultural understanding of our common humanity.
About Nikos and Katerina
Ever since the first boats arrived on Lesvos, Nikos and Katerina have been giving everything they have to help. With a car filled with dry clothes and food, Nikos would set out looking for anyone arriving on the island who needed help - to sometimes return without even his own shirt on, because he gave it away.
It started one afternoon in early 2014, when Nikos was visiting shops to sell fish he caught earlier that day and he came across a large group of refugees who had just landed on shore. Wet, tired, and hungry, they were grateful to be alive but in need of a lot of support.
Moved by their journey and a drive to help them, Nikos used the money from the fish he just sold to buy them food, and gave them the clothes off his back. Upon his return home, he told his wife, Katerina about the experience, and she got to work right away in the kitchen, preparing 40 home cooked meals to bring to them.
Hours later, the food packed up and their car filled with every blanket and piece of clothing that they could spare, they found themselves searching the area where Nikos left them. Unsuccessful in their mission, they learned that the refugees had been detained by local police - the refugees weren’t allowed out, and Nikos and Katerina (nor their food) were allowed in.
Stumped, they drove to the beach where they always did their best thinking and talking, and reflected on the situation in Lesvos. Refugees were only just beginning to arrive at this point, and no one had any idea that in the months and years to come, thousands would be arriving every day (in the climax of the crisis, some days the island received over 10,000 refugees). They remained at the beach after night fell, and soon, they heard voices coming from the water. After several minutes, a raft came into view - and this was their entry point to the crisis. After helping the cold, scared, and wet refugees ashore, they had a surprise for them - blankets, clothes, and 40 home-cooked meals.
After that, they never looked back.