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Nest Athens

Athens, Greece

Nest Athens serves up to 50 refugee and migrant children ages 2-7 daily

Choice, voice and collaboration


Greek authorities have slowly been moving thousands of refugees from the eastern Aegean islands to the mainland capital of Athens in an effort to improve conditions in overcrowded island camps. Life is intensely difficult for these refugee and migrant children, many who have experienced trauma from fleeing conflict in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Access to Greek schools is limited during a time when these young children need it most.


In partnership with Carry The Future and on-the-ground NGO Action For Education, Nest Global opened Nest Athens to provide high quality learning opportunities for refugee children in the area. Now serving up to 50 children in three sessions each day, Nest Athens offers a warm, consistent, engaging environment where children can safely do what all children have the right to do – play.


Through block-building, art exploration, snack time and storytelling, children have the opportunity to pursue interests, collaborate with adults and children, and find joy in the learning process. Parents are invited to play alongside their children or take part in language classes and educational workshops in an adjoining space. Whether attending the program for days, weeks, or months, children and parents find a feeling of home in the nurturing environment and warm relationships of Nest Athens.

“The work at Nest Athens means that we are all humans with rights and possibilities to learn, grow and build our futures. The Nest offers refugee families a safe place to spend time with their children playing, practicing the arts and learning languages. It gives them hope for a better future.”

- Daniele Bisesti, Nest Athens Coordinator

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