We created a shopping arcade inside an empty hanger with themed boutiques in preparation for the arrival of up to 500 refugees in May 2017. They arrived in December.
Invited to set up in March 2017, we were offered a long hanger that had been used in the previous year for sorting and distribution. With no refugees on camp there was an opportunity to completely start again with a custom-made arcade.
We constructed themed boutiques along a ‘market street’ for men, women, kids, shoes and a mini-market. We also plan to create a cafeteria space for them to wait and socialise.
The start of the market street
The men’s boutique
The women’s boutique
The kids’ boutique
The kids space
- Population: 500 refugees from many different nations
- Services: mini-market, some clothes distribution, kids activities, women’s time, Business Fund
- Volunteers: about 6-10 working Sunday to Friday (and days off as needed) from 9:30am-5 or 6pm
- Volunteer accommodation: nearby Ioannina is a popular tourist and student location with many airbnb, hotels and restaurants