TAPUAT Center : Support-Hub for children and women

The TAPUAT child and family support-Hub was launched in April 2018 by ILIAKTIDA AMKE & BETTER DAYS, with support and funding by UNICEF. The centre,previously a car showroom, was transformed to a safe and child friendly space able to host more than 250 people per day. TAPUAT is focused in providing:

  • Non-formal education to children and women who are currently residing in Moria and have no access to education or skill capacity otherwise and
  • To PSS activities and programmes aiming in identifying protection and SGBV cases and refer them for adequate support to UNHCR, DIOTIMA and PRAXIS amongst
    other actors.

A summary of the services offered from 10:00am-5:00pm:


  • Informal Education
    3 x qualified local teachers, 2 x interpreters, an experienced child social worker, and an educational coordinator work hard to provide classes in Greek,
    English, Mathematics, Arts and Computer for over 200 children aged 7-18yrs every day. Connect by Music offers music classes and therapy twice a week. Refugee Education & Learning Education deploys highly experienced teachers and professionals to support TAPUATs educational programming with volunteer service for a minimum stay of 1 month.
  • Seasonal activities and ad-hoc projects
    When possible we partner we other organizations or welcome professionals who support us with volunteer services customize specific programmes for the TAPUAT community and operate them for a specific period of time: this includes biking classes, legal sessions, skill capacity workshops, trauma support group discussions, sport activities), medical support, dental hygiene etc.
  • Psycho-social services
    The PSS team of the centre includes an SGBV experienced social worker, a psychologist, a child social worker, and a well trained staff in protection
    identification and referrals.
  • Other services
    Snacks are distributed daily twice a day. Each participant receives a snack. Laundry service is accessible at the centre and operates
    on an appointment basis. Visitors can request and receive an appointment ticket for laundry at the MBA and Laundry area from a member of the TAPAUT team. Medical appointments are made throughout the week in collaboration with Team Kitrinos. The doctor sees around 10 patients per day, twice a week; on Tuesday during the evening shift and on Friday during the morning shift. Mother Baby services and relevant NFI are accessible in our Mother Baby area. A baby nurse is there at all times to attend queries from new mothers and pregnant ladies and assist them with bathing, breastfeeding, and caring for their infants.


Beneficiaries: children under 18 years old and adult women. All children up to age 6 need to be accompanied by their mother. Children above age 11 can come accompanied by their siblings or on their own if a consent form has been signed by their parents.

Languages spoken: TAPUAT provides classes in English and in Greek, and the center benefits from the assistance of Farsi/Dari, Arabic, and French interpreters.

Working hours: from 9:30 to 17:00. Students are divided in two shifts: the morning shift from 10:00 to 13:00, and the afternoon shift from 14:00 to 17:00.


Gekko Kids

Gekko Kids was designed by Better Days in May 2017 to challenge existing notions of refugee school set-up. Today it is run in collaboration with ILIAKTIDA AMKE with the support of Connect by Music in music curriculum and Refugee Education & Learning (REAL) international in educational programming and capacity building.

Gekko Kids provides informal alternative education located in the centre of the city, equipped with modern teaching equipment in a vibrant environment. The project was founded to support the needs of the unaccompanied asylum seeking children living on Lesvos. Some of our students  reside in urban accommodations run by Iliaktida AMKE and others come from Moria Camp & the Safe Zone. Gekko Kids focuses in customizing educational and pedagogical programming for refugee children aged 10 to 18 years old. Our main teaching languages are English and Greek. The center promotes teaching with alternative methodologies and offers a large spectrum of subjects and approaches. There is a clean intention in catering to individual needs passions and capacities of the students who attend the centre.

Gekko Kids curriculum includes traditional modules such as English, Greek, Mathematics and Computer with clear intention to cover material relevant to what is taught in public education and act as a mediator and as a foundation course to what they will find themselves learning once registered to a public school. Additionally we fund Greek and English intensive language courses which can only become accredited by the relevant accreditation centres, following exams and at a fee which Better Days covers.

Additionally the Gekko Kids Parallel schedule includes classes in art and music, skill- development through workshops, photography, dance, writing and so forth.

Gekko Kids has partnered with the local authorities to offer quality and accredited programmes to adult asylum-seekers, prioritizing people who have already received asylum in Greece. This adult-specific course includes over 800hrs of intensive Greek language learning and two separate English language classes for advanced and beginner levels. Gekko’s adult zone operates from 18:00 to 20:00 and registrations are accepted upon assessment by the Gekko Administration team. To apply email us at



Languages spoken: English and Greek

Beneficiaries: Unaccompanied Migrants Children living in Iliaktida’s House and  Moria camp. Adults residing in urban accommodation and through referrals by other actors.

Opening hours: Child-specific zones are 9:00 -13:00 to 14:00 to 18:00 and Adult-specific zones from 18:00-20:00

Location: City Centre, Mytilini, Lesvos