Northern Lights Aid (NLA) is a Norwegian-based NGO operating in Kavala, Greece. Its focus is to improve the quality of life of refugees currently residing in the country.

The situation for refugees in Greece is characterised by lack of stability and an uncertain future. NLA works hard to offer stable and consistent support through our projects, which focus on education, integration and material needs. Located in a rented premises, a walking distance from the camp, they include: a Mother and Baby Program which provides essential hygiene items and a women-only space, a regular schedule of English Classes and the distribution of non-food items such as clothing and footwear. We also promote skill-sharing in our Community Garden and Workshop, and provide children’s activities, fitness classes, and integration projects.

NLA works in support of over 500 people living in enforced exile in the Kavala Perigiali Camp. The majority of residents hail from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, with at least five other countries represented. Almost half of the camp population is under 18 years old, with over 50 children under the age of three. NLA also offers its services to several low-income families living in the wider Greek community.

The team is made up of both international volunteers and volunteers who reside in the camp. The organisation operates in close collaboration with local people, the authorities and international NGOs to build sustainable projects for those it serves.

In September 2015, the founders of Northern Lights Aid travelled to the island of Lesvos, Greece in response to the emerging humanitarian crisis. Quickly realising the desperate need for support on the island, the founders decided to make Lesvos their base of operation. In January 2016, Northern Lights Aid was established as an official NGO. The organisation was initially created to provide emergency aid to first arrivals on the island. The team provided clothing, food, water, shelter and alerted medical groups, as well as the Hellenic Coast Guard, in the event of emergencies on land or at sea.

After several months working on Lesvos, with a changing political climate in Europe and the presence of more organisations on the island, it was decided that NLA was needed elsewhere. In March 2016 the northern border of Greece, became the new base for NLA. During this time, it supported Hara-camp, near Idomeni and focussed on providing food and material support as well as providing shelter and activities for children.

When residents from unofficial refugee camps in Greece began to be transferred to government-run facilities in the summer of 2016, NLA was granted official approval by the Ministry of Migration Policy to operate within the Kavala Perigiali camp. In 2017, changes to Greek law governing volunteer organisations forced NLA to move its operations from inside the camp to a rented premises a short walk away. Our current activities are focussed providing long-term material, educational and community-oriented projects to support the 500 residents of the Kavala Perigiali camp.

For a more detailed description of our work, please look at our Annual Reports from 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Soliarity

Northern Lights Aid strives to offer a compassionate and human approach to supporting and advocating for displaced people.

Sustainability

Northern Lights Aid focuses on offering long-term solutions to immediate problems.

Integrity

To maintain accountability in its actions, Northern Lights Aid strives to provide transparency to its volunteers, donors and the public.

Altruism

Northern Lights Aid believes that the motivation to volunteer should be oriented in the interest and welfare of others.

Equity

Northern Lights Aid pledges to provide equal opportunities to all, by treating them with fairness, impartiality and without discrimination.

Cooperation

Northern Lights Aid is the sum of the experiences and skills of its volunteers, beneficiaries, and partners.

NLA mission is to provide material support, educational and recreational activities to displaced people and others in need, as well as promoting social inclusion and solidarity within the community.

Projects

Donate

Thank you for considering donating to NLA.

We rely solely on donors to continue our many projects, from our Mother and Baby Program, Clothing Store and Kids’ Activities, to our English Classes and Workshop.

In 2018, 99% of all funds raised went directly to our projects. We will continue to put all donations to use in the most efficient and responsible way possible.

You can support our projects either through monetary or material donations. See the different options below.

VIPPS: 14852/NORTHERN LIGHTS AID

Bank: DNB

BIC: DNBANOKKXXX

IBAN: NO2515037110989

Account: 1503.71.10989

Address: Dronning Eufemias gate 30, 0191 Oslo

We are in need of material donations for our Clothing Store, Classroom and Mother & Baby Program.

To find out what we are most urgently in need of, contact our Field Team on: alexandra@northernlightsaid.org

If you are near Kavala and would like to drop off donations at our premises, we would be happy to welcome you during our opening hours from 10:00-14:00, Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, you can send material donations through the post. Please be sure to include the Field Team phone number beneath the address on the parcel. Our address and phone number are:


Northern Lights Aid
A.E.S 104
652 01 Kavala
Greece
+30 698 697 5963

If your company would like to support us, you can help us to achieve our mission by becoming a corporate sponsor. For more information on becoming a corporate sponsor, contact our team on: communication@northernlightsaid.com

In the past, schools have played an integral role in supporting us through fundraising, and we welcome any school or university that would like to collaborate with us in the future. There are many ways in which your institution can support us, such as organising bake sales, clothes drives, art exhibitions and events to raise awareness - of course, other ideas are always welcome! As part of a school partnership our team is happy to provide educational material and regular updates on the situation for the students and the teachers participating. To contact us on behalf of your school or university, please email: communication@northernlightsaid.org

Volunteer

Thank you for considering volunteering with Northern Lights Aid!

We rely on the amazing work of our volunteers and your contribution would help to make sure our projects can continue to help to people in Kavala.

Volunteers are responsible for running all of our projects. During your time volunteering with us you will likely help out in several, if not all projects. However, depending on our needs and your skills, you may focus on strengthening and developing one project in particular.

Note that there are prerequisites to volunteering with us. Please make sure you meet them before continuing with the next steps.

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You can volunteer in the field for a minimum of three weeks. However, from June to September the minimum stay increases to one month.
  • You must have a clean criminal record, which you can provide for us
  • You must read and agree with our Code of Conduct

  • If you meet the prerequisites above, please follow the 3 steps to volunteer:

    1. Fill out the Volunteering Form
    2. Request a Criminal Record
    3. Read our travel information

    Once we have received your application, our HR manager will be in touch with you. Don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any concerns or further question at aimee@northernlightsaid.org

    Contact

    Alexandra

    General Manager

    alexandra@northernlightsaid.org

    Anne

    Board Executive

    anne@northernlightsaid.org

    Aimee

    Human Resources Manager

    aimee@northernlightsaid.org

    Katie

    Data Manager

    katie@northernlightsaid.org

    Rachel

    Fundraising and Communication

    rachel@northernlightsaid.org

    Ella

    Economy Manager

    Ella@northernlightsaid.org

    For general enquiries, contact us via email on info@northernlightsaid.org or call our Field Team on +30 698 697 5963