This Glitter is Gold

Twice a week a group of the female residents at Elpida meet up sharing tips, tricks and knowledge about one of the neglected parts of their lives as refugees – their outer beauty. Adrienne, one of the volunteers facilitating the activity commonly known as the cosmetics meeting, has written about her experiences.

What’s Next for Better Days?

04. November 2016 By Better Days Dear Better Days Family, Better Days is fuelled by the collective intelligence and incredible power of wild hearts who share our vision of a better world.  We celebrate collaboration and welcome partnerships that share our vision to...

Elpida’s first photography exhibition

30. October, 2016 By Eli The idea came from the kids. Many of us volunteers lug our cameras all over camp, ecstatic to document everything – residents, volunteers, activities, stray cats and sunsets. And it’s not uncommon to be rushing down the stairs and feel a tug...

Calling for Unity and Sustainable Programmes

Elena Moustaka is the founder of Together for Better Days. She speaks about the strong need to move away from a model of reactionary aid while building programs that promote agency, empowerment, and integration. Better Days was created in November 2015 in the Olive Grove Camp, an unofficial overflow camp adjacent Moria to the official registration camp. Better Days founded this camp to address the service gaps of the main camp and to provide dignified services for refugees.

A volunteer’s perspective on returning to Greece

Tomas joined Better Days after being exposed to the intensity of the refugee crisis on a previous trip through Greece and Europe. Here he shares his perspective on the desire to help and his work at Elpida.

Interview with Mohammad

Mohammad, one of our first residents, tells us his story. The interview is both in English and Spanish – see the original Spanish version below (translated into English by the volunteers).


“We’re often asked what “elpida” means to us. The word elpida means hope in the Greek language, but what does that word really mean to me, and to Better Days?”

Moria’s in trouble

Better Days newsletter reaching out for donations to help present organisations following the events in Moria.

Elpida awakens

Better Days newsletter on our first month in Elpida, our vision for the camp and some of our first events.