Refugee Art Trail

Providing practical help, skill sharing, off grid education and empowerment. Fitout of donated truck, touring Europe teaching wood work & tree surgery

After working extensively in Calias, Belgrade, Lesvos and other hotspots over the last few years I am taking a short break in the UK to fundraise and fit out a new project vehicle.

Uk Charity Hope and Aid Direct have kindly donated a truck, and I need financial help to equip it for life on the road, as well as project costs such as ferry and fuel, and insurance premiums.

This summer and autumn I plan to give much of my time to teaching settled refugees the skills I can offer them to help set themselves up in the workplace. I will be traveling with my mobile saw mill, tree surgery equipment and wood work tools, and in social centers and other living spaces offering practical skill sharing in these areas.

I am in touch with many people from Serbia and Lesvos who have made it to their chosen countries of destination, and are now either in the asylum process, or have been granted permission to stay. Many of these guys expressed an interest in learning tree surgery or wood work, and this is where the idea came from... The refugees themselves. They want to work, and to be able to send money back to families still stuck in warzones. This is the best way I can think of to help, in my own way. However after volunteering for so long, I now desperately need financial help to be able to sustain myself through the project.

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