Second Tree’s community stretches across the globe: refugees, volunteers, supporters, donors, friends, and family stand together, stepping up when needed.

For World Refugee Day 2024, we highlight three stories: from our volunteers’ efforts in supporting Abu after his wife was shot and killed, to dependable Reza, who can always be counted on, to young Mahdie, who started in our adult English classes and keeps helping out even from afar.

Read more below to see how your support builds a better community.

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15 euros

means 3 self-advocacy classes for 20 refugees, equipping people like Reza to advocate for themselves and their communities!

When Reza arrived in Greece seeking asylum, Second Tree supported him in finding his way. “Second Tree helped me so much,” he recalls. “They gave me information on everything I needed. I’m really thankful for this.”

Although he has since left Greece, Reza remains active in the Second Tree community, helping others navigate the same complicated processes he faced. Speaking Farsi in his cheerful tone, he begins each voice message to community members seeking guidance with: “Hi, I’m Reza. I am a friend of Second Tree. They told me about your problem and this is my advice.”

Reza demonstrates that as much as Second Tree doesn’t abandon people, our people don’t abandon each other either.

“[Refugees] move to a new place to start a new life, to be safe and to be happy, like me,” Reza says. “I am so thankful to the people who supported me, like Second Tree.” Because of this, he says, “I always try to continue this for others.”

40 euros

means English lesson materials for 60 refugees, helping students like Mahdie gain the language skills they need to reach their goals and feel at home.

Mahdie joined Second Tree in 2021 after a friend invited her to a Second Tree sports day. She enjoyed it so much that she soon enrolled in our adult education classes, which helped her develop strong English language skills.

When asked what she likes about Second Tree, she said: “I like Second Tree because they help us learn how to be confident, how to be patient about everything, and how to solve our problems.”

Since then, Mahdie has become an integral part of our community, acting as one of our most helpful translators and has supported our anti-bias training for frontline workers.

“Second Tree helped me a lot,” she says. Mahdie appreciates how our community supports everyone “no matter who you are, no matter your nationality, your skin colour, or your religion. They taught me what humanity, kindness, and friendship are.”

100 euros

means our team can support Abu during his legal fight for justice, continuing to stand by our community members as they find their way.

Abu is the husband of Fatmata Kamara, who was shot and killed by a police officer near the Greek border in North Macedonia last April. Suddenly, Abu found himself alone on the journey they had started together.

We knew Fatmata and Abu from one of the camps Second Tree supports. After the shooting, Abu was refused entry into the ambulance carrying Fatmata, lied to, taken to a detention centre, handcuffed, and offered a deal by the police to forget everything and be dropped at the border to “get to Europe.” Abu refused and managed to contact us: “You are the only ones I trust,” he said. The next day, we were with him and have stood by him since.

Together, we repatriated Fatmata’s body and brought the officer to court, an unprecedented success. “I met good people in Second Tree,” Abu says, “I never knew I would meet people like this.”

The 13th trial is scheduled for July 1st, with more to come, and resources are running low. But we won’t stop until there is #JusticeForFatmata, because we don’t abandon people.

Read more about Fatmata’s story here.

15 euros

40 euros

100 euros

means 3 self-advocacy classes for 20 refugees, equipping people like Reza to advocate for themselves and their communities!

means English lesson materials for 60 refugees, helping students like Mahdie gain the language skills they need to reach their goals and feel at home.

means our team can support Abu during his legal fight for justice, continuing to stand by our community members as they find their way.

When Reza arrived in Greece seeking asylum, Second Tree supported him in finding his way. “Second Tree helped me so much,” he recalls. “They gave me information on everything I needed. I’m really thankful for this.”

Although he has since left Greece, Reza remains active in the Second Tree community, helping others navigate the same complicated processes he faced. Speaking Farsi in his cheerful tone, he begins each voice message to community members seeking guidance with: “Hi, I’m Reza. I am a friend of Second Tree. They told me about your problem and this is my advice.”

Reza demonstrates that as much as Second Tree doesn’t abandon people, our people don’t abandon each other either.

“[Refugees] move to a new place to start a new life, to be safe and to be happy, like me,” Reza says. “I am so thankful to the people who supported me, like Second Tree.” Because of this, he says, “I always try to continue this for others.”

Mahdie joined Second Tree in 2021 after a friend invited her to a Second Tree sports day. She enjoyed it so much that she soon enrolled in our adult education classes, which helped her develop strong English language skills.

When asked what she likes about Second Tree, she said: “I like Second Tree because they help us learn how to be confident, how to be patient about everything, and how to solve our problems.”

Since then, Mahdie has become an integral part of our community, acting as one of our most helpful translators and has supported our anti-bias training for frontline workers.

“Second Tree helped me a lot,” she says. Mahdie appreciates how our community supports everyone “no matter who you are, no matter your nationality, your skin colour, or your religion. They taught me what humanity, kindness, and friendship are.”

Abu is the husband of Fatmata Kamara, who was shot and killed by a police officer near the Greek border in North Macedonia last April. Suddenly, Abu found himself alone on the journey they had started together.

We knew Fatmata and Abu from one of the camps Second Tree supports. After the shooting, Abu was refused entry into the ambulance carrying Fatmata, lied to, taken to a detention centre, handcuffed, and offered a deal by the police to forget everything and be dropped at the border to “get to Europe.” Abu refused and managed to contact us: “You are the only ones I trust,” he said. The next day, we were with him and have stood by him since.

Together, we repatriated Fatmata’s body and brought the officer to court, an unprecedented success. “I met good people in Second Tree,” Abu says, “I never knew I would meet people like this.”

The 13th trial is scheduled for July 1st, with more to come, and resources are running low. But we won’t stop until there is #JusticeForFatmata, because we don’t abandon people.

Read more about Fatmata’s story here.

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