About us

HSA is widely recognised as a leader in volunteer coordination, providing professional humanitarian relief to asylum seekers and migrants in Greece. We serve at Kara Tepe site in Lesbos, providing vital support through the provision and distribution hot drinks, clothing and other items, education and general camp support. What makes us unique is that we bridge the gap between traditional NGOs and independent volunteer organisations. Everyone has an important role to play in the response and we believe that collaboration is essential.

Our services

Clothing Distribution

From our storage and distribution centre at Kara Tepe, we display our donations in a pleasing shop style that allows our residents to maintain the dignity of trying on and choosing new clothes in a clean, and safe environment.  We also have the skills & facilities to repair clothes and shoes to make sure we get the most from every donation.

Chai Distribution

 The HSA Tea Point is an important focal point of the Kara Tepe camp. Our residents are able to come along and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee at any time of the day while interacting & socialising with other residents and our team of dedicated volunteers.

Education Hub

Since April 2016 HSA has developed an established community learning program. We currently provide beginner and intermediate English language tuition as well as cultural education for adults. We have also set up a community garden from which we plan to expand our classes to vocational work based training.

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Latest news

The Queen of Kara Tepe: Interview with Sara Zehl.

With over 10 months experience volunteering in Kara Tepe, Sara Zehl is one of the most integral parts of HSA. Both the volunteers and the residents of the camp have come to rely on Sara for her knowledge, unending warmth and her limitless energy! What is your role in HSA and what does it entail? My […]

Kara Tepe, one year on.

“I don’t like to give speeches” pronounced Stavros Mirogiannis, Kara Tepe camp manager and all around superman before launching into a glorious speech about how my work from my previous time here is imprinted on the camp and giving me a thoroughly warm welcome back to a place that is very special to me. I […]

From the boardroom to the camp. Meet Brooke Pruiksma!

As HSA continues to grow and evolve we take on more and more specialist, talented people. Say hello to Brooke Pruiksma, financial genius and English teaching extraordinaire! What is your role in HSA and what does it entail? I am the finance officer for HSA. My main role is to keep track of financial transactions […]

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Our team

What our volunteers say

“With its location in the center of camp, the Tea Point at Kara Tepe has allowed me to meet and interact with many residents. It’s great to see familiar faces as well as different people everyday.”

Ysaline Carlier

“There’s nothing more satisfying than the smiles on residents’ faces when they select their new clothing and shoes. Working at the Clothing Distribution has been an enriching and fulfilling experience.”

Poorti Sathe

“I was blown away by the number of residents that spoke little to no English when they arrived at Kara Tepe. Now, they are able to have full conversations with people from all over the world. Some are learning Greek, German, and English!”

Brooke Pruiksma Former Financial Officer

“I have been teaching English to adults here in Kara Tepe. It has been fantastic to see their progress and interest in learning, and to be a part of their journey to a safer future.”

Wendy Baxter-Kennedy

“With HSA, I have connected with my students and learned about their own cultures and experiences. I highly recommend this program to anyone that has a TEFL certification or teaching background.”

Suzanne Kussner