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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!



Donation shortage on Lesvos

On Lesvos, we and other organisations are affected by an acute shortage of donations. There are many reasons for this, but above all the situation on Lesbos has clearly lost media attention, although it has not eased at all. Inside the camp, the situation is precarious for refugees and women in particular. In our new blog article, we talk about the background of this shortage and offer you another opportunity to support!​​​

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Welcome to the Amina Centre

In the months of July and August, we will be taking you to the Amina Centre in Athens. This is a place where countless women find refuge, an oasis of peace and shared support every day. The Amina clients benefit from various services such as language courses and psychosocial support from our social workers and psychologists. Over the next few weeks, we will be showing various ways in which the Amina Centre can be supported on our channels and we will be giving you an insight behind the scenes.

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New in our webshop

Raquel has brought home various sets of hand-painted espresso cups from her trip to Lesvos. Already, there's only one set of 4 left in our shop! By purchasing this set, you are not only supporting displaced women, but also a local ceramic artist on the island of Lesbos.


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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.

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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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