After a long and perilous journey, refugees in Cyprus face daily discrimination and destitution. Our Dignity Centre is a welcoming community hub where they can feel normal again. We offer much-needed material support and priceless solidarity, helping refugees to rebuild their lives with dignity.
Cyprus has the highest number of asylum seekers in Europe, per capita. On arrival, refugees are transferred to Pournara Camp. Once processed, they are released from the camp but have to wait months before they can apply to work or access basic support. After a long and perilous journey, most people have by then used up their resources and are in great need of essentials such as food and hygiene items. During this time they are extremely vulnerable, facing daily discrimination and destitution.
We provide these vulnerable new arrivals with much-needed material support while offering them stability and solidarity, and a sense of community, normality and agency. Our Dignity Centre in the capital of Nicosia provides a safe, welcoming space where refugees can choose food and hygiene items, just like a normal shopping experience. At the same time, we foster international solidarity by giving volunteers from around the world the opportunity to support refugees in dignified, meaningful ways.