Second Tree is a non-profit and non-governmental organization founded by a group of independent volunteers who were working alongside refugees in the Katsikas camp in Northern Greece in 2016. We founded Second Tree to express, foster and advocate for the values of solidarity and intercultural dialogue we shared while working in Katsikas. Members of our staff were responsible for the coordination of actors and distributions, education of children and adults, and supporting community-led projects such as the Hope Gallery of Katsikas, the creation of the Homs Clock Tower, and reconstruction of the camp school for winterization.
Through our work, we developed strong relationships with individuals in the camp based on mutual trust and understanding, and these bonds continue to serve as a strong foundation for our work.
Second Tree takes its name from the following proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.” Our belief is that it is never too late to take action and work towards making a positive difference in the world.
To empower individuals with the skills needed to engage in their new community by providing them with access to information, services, and opportunities that strengthen their capacities and ensure that their rights are realised.
We aim to create a society in which fundamental rights, equitable access to resources and services, and a healthy environment are granted to all and everyone. A society in which all individuals are provided with the tools needed to progress their lives in safety and with dignity.
MEET OUR TEAM
From: Diamond Bar, CA, USA
Quote: “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” – Eeyore
Title: Education Program Manager
From: Tuzla, Bosnia / Doha, Qatar
Quote: “If we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” – Howard Zinn
From: Florence, Italy
Quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosvelt
Jose Angel “Puche” Perez
Title: Scout Leader
From: Burgos, Spain
Quote: “No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.” – Robert Baden Powell
From: Diamond Bar, California, USA
Quote: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation will be, look to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin
Title: Integration Program Manager
From: Geneva, Switzerland
Quote: “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” – Albert Camus
Title: Qualified English Teacher
From: Rzeszów, Poland
Quote: “Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field, I will meet you there.” – Rumi