“Virtual” volunteering successfully supports a family in Greece and Syria

Basic healthcare is a luxury most refugees have little access to. Joseph, a refugee living on the streets of Athens, was in critical need of dental care, and due to it being too painful to eat, his health was further deteriorating. Through our on-the-ground network in Greece, we were able to rapidly identify a dentist who provided emergency dental care for Joseph. Additional online volunteering helped raise money to unite a father and his 4 children, one of whom he had never met, as his wife was pregnant when they were separated by ISIS. Finally, when a two children lost their father, who died of a heart attack, while crossing the border from Syria to Turkey, our network contacted lawyers in Europe who negotiated the safe housing of the children in Syria for months until they were reunited with their mom in Germany.