Goodwill Caravan is a small grassroots humanitarian charity operating in the UK and in Greece. We run humanitarian protection projects for vulnerable refugee families, orphans, detained unaccompanied children at risk of organ trade, trafficking and kidnappings if left in detention centres, prisons or homeless on arrival to the Greek islands.
Our vision is of world in which children affected by war or natural disaster can live safe and fulfilled lives. This vision drives our mission to deliver life-changing humanitarian support to refugees and others in greatest need, regardless of identity.
We were created in 2015 when our founder, Hanan Ashegh discovered the inhumane conditions in which young children were living in a Greek refugee camp.
All Hanan had was her will to help and save as many children as she could. This was the beginning of Goodwill Caravan.
Now, three years on, we have helped over 30,000 refugees via our disaster relief work and kept hundreds of vulnerable refugee families off the streets through our shelter programmes
Our mission to identify and help the most vulnerable families in danger of malnutrition, human trafficking, organ trade, abuse and those sleeping rough on the streets.
We intervene where no one else can help and got most of our referrals from other aid agencies, who are themselves overwhelmed on the ground. We provide emergency shelter, food, legal, educational and critical medical care for the most vulnerable refugee families in Greece and support families in U.K to integrate and become independent productive members of society and find some peace.
Since 2011, over 5.6 million Syrians have fled their country because of what is known as one of the worst humanitarian crisis of all times. In 2017, more than 170,317 people made the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea seeking safety. People left their friends and communities, losing their homes, their livelihoods and in too many cases their lives.
Half of those people are children.
Official figures tell us 17,000 have disappeared on their arrival. However, this number is based solely on those who had paperwork with them. We know that the real number of refugee children who have disappeared on their arrival is at least four times higher.
In Greece, there are an estimated 18,500 migrant children in refugee camps, more than 2,500 of whom are unaccompanied, who should be under the protective custody of the police. What this means is that most are currently detained in prison cells as no other alternative has been found. What this also means is that children are an easy prey for human traffickers and sexual abuse.