We spent the last 3 months investigating Hopeland, the mysterious NGO that appeared only in August 2020, but, managed to claim more than 1 million euros by the end of the year from the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, and is expected to receive more than 5 million euros in 2021.
With more than 12.000 pageviews in a single weekend, and hundreds of shares on Facebook and Twitter, our reporting on the “Millions in funding at stake for refugee housing” became the most read article at Solomon.
We reached the Greek Parliament
Our investigation has been shared widely both in Greece and abroad and, as a result, 38 MPs of the leading opposition Greek Party of Syriza brought the issue to the Greek Parliament, citing our findings. Until now, no answer has been given by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum.
At Solomon we have seen that sometimes the most interesting facts come to the surface after the publication of a story. Hopeland was definitely one of them and, so, we’re still working on it and dedicate time to digging deeper. If you believe that our work is important, please consider supporting us.Support us
In addition to our report on Hopeland, this month we also published two more portraits from our latest project “Migrant workers in Greece at the time of COVID-19”, supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – Office in Greece:
- “The state is very funny” – Dandom Howladar owns a mini market in central Athens. Since the pandemic hit, fewer customers shop at his store – and they don’t always have good intentions.
- Inside a gardener’s quarantine – For a year and a half, Hamid Nasseri moved daily from the center of Athens to the northern suburbs and took care of the gardens at houses there. Until the coronavirus appeared, the country entered a second lock down, and he was forced to lose his job and income again.
Phase 2 for Solomon media lab
This week we’re hosting the closing online seminar of Solomon media lab. Neil Arun, an editor of investigations and longform features for Balkan Insight, will discuss with the colleague Stavros Malichudis and the group of our students, about the making of the Teenage Refugee’s Post-Pandemic Survival Guide.
For the next three months, the twelve participants will be assigned to a project and they’re going to bring it to life with the support and mentoring of our team. So, stay tuned!
More content for our community
This is not the only material we produced during the past month. As started in December 2020, we continue sharing with our community of members our ‘Notes from the field’ where our editors describe the behind-the-scenes facts. You can get a glimpse here.
- “I have to lead people to a ‘safe place’” – Solomon travels to Karditsa for migrant workers and Covid-19 project.
- Refugee minor in Patras: “See you in another country” – In about five hours from the time of writing these lines, and after already five days of failed attempts, M., a 17-year-old boy from Afghanistan, one of the dozens of refugees and migrants who have camped at the factory, will try to hide on one of the vehicles in the port, hoping that this time he’ll make it.
Last but not least, last Thursday we met with mr. Gkionakis, an experienced psychologist and Head of Babel Day Center, a facility providing mental health services to refugees in Greece, for an online discussion about “Grief and mourning among refugees”.
This was the first in a monthly series of online Q&A sessions, provided to our Advanced and Pro members.Join us
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Rebranding Solomon studio
As a closing, we’d like to introduce you to our rebranded Solomon studio. At Solomon studio, we partner with other organizations and offer our expertise in storytelling and our superpowers in content production. From written forms to visual and audio storytelling, we’re here to help them build awareness and support their cause.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more #ResponsibleJournalism and we’d be happy to see you joining our community of members who support our work.
Fanis, Founder and content editor
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