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SAO Association supports displaced women and mothers in Greece.
We are asking for your help!

Strong and resilient women become extremely vulnerable when forced to flee from conflict in their homeland.

On a daily basis, displaced women, mothers, and young girls are exposed to high risks and gender-based violence. Many are traumatised and suffer long-term effects from the abuses experienced.

We run two day centres for displaced women and mothers with their dependents - the Bashira Centre on Lesvos and the Amina Centre in Athens. Psychosocial assistance, offered by a professional group of women, is provided in a safe space where dignity and equality are safeguarded by all SAO members.


SAO Association supports these women on their way to a new, independent, and fulfilling life.


That is why SAO is needed. And SAO needs you!



SAO portrayed in the Magazine 50 Plus

An article about the history of SAO Association and its founder Raquel Herzog was published in the December issue of the Swiss magazine 50+. The author sensitively describes how Raquel travelled to Lesbos in 2015, met the Syrian women Ruha and Amina and from then dedicated her life to helping displaced women. The article can be read here, although unfortunately it has been published only in German.


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The SAO Case Managers are central to positively impacting the lives of our clients. They ensure that all women, regardless of background or age, receive the care and support they need. Case management is essential not only on Lesvos, where resources in the camp are minimal, but also in urban centres like Athens, where administrative complexity is even greater.


Shop unique Gifts in our Webshop

In our webshop you will find beautiful gifts for your loved ones or for yourself. From handmade bags made by one of our clients to toys and our organic olive oil from Lesvos, we have something for each and everyone.


Spread joy with thoughtful gifts and support displaced women at the same time.


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Every second refugee is a woman: A defenceless girl, an expectant mother to be, a single mother fleeing alone, an uprooted elderly woman.

SAO specifically supports displaced women.

Stranded in Greek asylum misery.

Thousands of displaced people have to endure in Greek camps. If their asylum is confirmed, they are allowed to go to the mainland, but there they are often threatened with homelessness.

SAO Association supports displaced women stranded in Greece in a concrete, efficient, discreet, neutral, flexible and ethical way.

Learn more about the context we work in here.

geflüchtete Frau mit Kind Zitate von Klientinnen

Quotes from our clients


"I cannot thank you enough, because you gave me life for accepting me in Amina when I desperately needed someone to support me."


"They always leave the door open - we know we can talk, when we are ready"


«In Amina not all my needs can be met - but what I always get there is love»


"Cet endroit m'aporte beaucoup de choses: de l'amour, de la chaleur et le sentiment de revivre."


«I left all my family behind me.

I only have my son M* and SAO. That's why my love for this

organization has no limits.»


"I finally speak Greek!"

Raquel Herzog SAO Association

«We stand up for displaced women with humanity and professionalism. We meet them in solidarity, at eye level, with respect and in recognition of human diversity, regardless of their reason for fleeing.»

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