Kyriaki - Caseworker
BSc Social and Political Science
MSc in Human Rights and Democratisation and Political Anthropology
Former volunteer with Migration Museum Project in London, UK
Former volunteer with the Cyprus Red Cross during the Lebanon War in 2006
Former Intern with environmental NGO AKTI Project and Research Center
What made you want to come to Greece to work with Refugees?
The commitment to the respect of human rights of all people equally. The anthropologist inside me says that human rights are not just laws written in a book, but an inherent and fundamental aspect to our humanity.
How did you hear about Mobile Info Team and why did you choose this organization to work with?
Working in the field gives you a spherical understanding of things. I was looking for volunteer positions for work in the relief sector in Greece and found MIT online. When I read the mission of the organisation and what MIT actually does, I was really interested to come and work with them because they are fully committed to the protection of human rights from the perspective I am interested in and advocating for.
What is most challenging/difficult? What is most rewarding?
Challenging is a better word for me, because you try to clarify things that people need to know. They are entitled to know their rights and the processes they must go through, but because of inadequate resources and information from the authorities, countless are left unaware.
The reward comes with the relief: when you give news to people about positive asylum decisions and make them feel happy and relieved that they can now meet and live with their families like before.
How do you believe Mobile Info Team makes a difference?
By listening, understanding and researching. We sit with the people, listen to their stories, let them be heard, and think of a solution together. The direct information the team provides does make a difference.