In the context of the ongoing exist weaknesses in socioeconomic integration measures for asylum seekers and refugees in Greece, this project concretely addresses the significant lack of access to training, counseling, fair jobs, and income for professional and non-professional sewers who belong to the above social groups. The holistic Academy Program alongside training on sewing skills provides career counseling, Greek language, soft skills, and environmental awareness and empowers so the attendants to participate in social and economic life. Women and single mothers, the most unprotected, are particularly considered. Professionals get trained and prepared for a new labor market boosting the Greek textile industry, in need of skilled workers. Non-professionals learn to be able to work for their own needs and in the best case generate an income by sewing for others. The Textile Academy, part of the NAOMI Ecumenical Workshop for Refugees, is closely connected with its Emergency Aid and the NAOMI Textile Production with refugee employees.
The action is part of a project funded with the support of Otto per Mille of the Waldensian Church of Italy. http://www.ottopermillevaldese.org)