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Almost forgotten Island
Young swiss people help the people on skyros in the aegean
Music booms out of the small restaurants onto the Aegean Sea. The Greek island of Skyros is situated on a hill and can only be reached on foot via a steep staircase in 15 minutes. The salty smell wafts through the village of 2880 inhabitants. The alleys and their tiny shops with toys, souvenirs, jewellery and porcelain seem like a labyrinth. “Kalimera”, the mayor greets the members of the Swiss aid organisation Swiss for Greece..
The week was a gift
Despite difficult conditions due to the Corona pandemic, the Swiss for Greece task force was able to travel to the Greek island of Skyros via Athens. From 3 to 10 October, the 12-member group carried out their planned work there.
Thanks to the local contact group, the young volunteers were able to quickly plan their tasks and get into action. Painting and gardening, computer installation, medical assistance, distribution of relief goods and donations, social outreach and much more. Many of the young people used their talents and professionalism, but also got to know each other in other fields of work…
Two projects combine
Recently, around 40 people met under «Corona Safety Measures» to look back on the «swissforgreece» week on Skyros and an information evening for the confirmands with godparents and confirmation sponsors. It is a special path that the eight confirmands from Steckborn and the surrounding area have chosen. They are involved in the JUSESO TG aid project «swissforgreece», which provides local help for the people in need on the Greek island of Skyros.
Why do young people work for the people in need? Why do they take a week’s holiday for it? Why do they collect money and relief supplies? These are the questions that the young people in the confirmation course explored…
On 23 October 2018, two of our members, Gabriela and Nico, gave an interview for the local parish magazine “Forum-Kirche”. They explained what we did in Skyros, why we did it and so on.