We are thrilled to be joining Fun Palaces again for 2021. Following a difficult year for us all, we are here again to celebrate community, people, friends, music, and (of course!) storytelling and comics! We will be hosting a two day community festival Fun Palace, inviting all our friends to come together and celebrate what is best about them all; their community! Reconnecting, catching up, dreaming big for the next year to come….! In 2019 Athens Comics Library joined forces with Refugee Trauma Initiative to create a safe and creative space for refugee and migrant children and their caregivers, hosted at the Athens Comics Library. Athens Comics Library is proud to be selected by RTI as one of the Baytna Hubs in Greece. Since last October, our Hub has served 6 families, whose members participated in two sessions every week. Most of the families had 2-3 children, ages from one year old to 6. During that period of time, we had the chance to create a powerful community, to see children grow, interact and learn. Baytna, meaning “our home” in Arabic, provides high-quality pre-school education and specialist psychosocial support to children aged 0-6 and their parents. The programme strives to give these children the opportunity to learn and play and to develop healthy and secure relationships. Baytna nurtures the attachment between parents and children to enhance the socio-emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children we work with. Baytna facilitates a safe environment to support the development of young refugees who are experiencing a prolonged period of distress and insecurity. A space where children can play and learn, and where families can strengthen relationships and feel empowered. Engaging parents and caregivers is a key part of the intervention as their capacity to provide care and protection is crucial to building resilience in children.
At our Fun Palaces party we will get to enjoy and play with our Take Away Art packs!
The team of Athens Comics Library has also created a series of creative Take Away Art packs that you can do from home alone with your children (preschool age). These packs contain all the materials you need together with instructions in Greek, English, French and Farsi, as well as surprise gifts.