Our Story

Better Days Greece was established in early 2016 in response to the influx of refugees arriving in Lesvos, Greece. It is the Greek implementing partner of Swiss NGO Better Days. Both organisations were founded by Elena Moustaka and Anrika Velychko. Together we have supported over 30 humanitarian organisations in Greece, Serbia, Lebanon, and Syria. Our story starts in November 2015 when volunteers from around the world came together to provide emergency aid to refugees sleeping rough in sub-zero temperatures in the olive groves of Moria camp in Lesvos. During the first six months of operations, Better Days provided aid (medical care, food, shelter, and non-food items) to approximately 70,000 people alongside other grassroots groups. Better Days’ work is known around the world and three of our blueprint programs have received global recognition for their contribution to sustainable aid. Below is a chronological list of our projects.