Dale Gardner has gone twice to the Greek island of Samos, which lies approximately 6 miles off the coast of Turkey. He volunteers with a group helping the refugees and asylum-seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, who live in shelters and camps while awaiting the outcomes of their asylum cases. The flow of refugees seeking asylum in Europe continues, even though media coverage has lessened significantly. Greece continues to receive most of them, and the conditions have only gotten worse, not better over the past year.
Dale will present a slide-show talk that will shed some light on the current situation, the conditions at the refugee camp, the services provided to the refugees, the many challenges, and how you can easily help out, volunteering or financially, should you wish.
In addition, the presentation will include information on the island’s history and photos of the villages and the stunning scenery. Because of significant ancient temples, as well as its beautiful beaches, Samos Island began receiving tourists as long ago as Roman times. This is the birthplace of Pythagoras – yes, that guy to whom we attribute the Pythagorean Theorem one learns in high school geometry, as well as the clever Pythagorean Cup, which Dale can demonstrate for those interested.
Please come, and bring a friend, to hear about a part of the world and a critical political situation that is off the radar for most Americans.
After the presentation, you’ll have a chance to see the common house, playroom, workshop, and guest rooms, as well as the available Phase II units. Refreshments will be served and kids are welcome to hang out in the playroom during the event – bring the whole family! The entrance to the neighborhood is off of Little Brook Street, just north of Abbott Road. From Little Brook, take your first right onto Nuthatch Place and you’ll see the parking lot on the right, just south of the atrium. Enter the common house, which is at the east end of the parking lot.