Testimonials

Francesca

September 2020

“At Diavata camp I met the most extraordinary people I could meet in my life. The refugee camp is a place where it is easy to find suffering and despair, but I have also and above all, met a lot of love and desire for redemption there. I have met really brave women, full of determination and sweetness, kind, generous. I have met men with wounds on their feet, broken shoes and torn shirts, but who bore in their eyes the dignity of those who never stopped fighting. And I have known children of many ethnic groups and colours, but all with the same desire to play and laugh together. I saw the face of an abandoned humanity that wants to make its voice heard. I talked to them, played, ate, laughed and cried. I shared unforgettable moments with the most beautiful people in the world. I admire immensely the work that QRT does and continues to do to concretely help these people to feel human, alive, passionate. He builds wonderful projects for them to increase resilience, self-esteem and self-confidence. With the girls welcomed in the QRT safe space, they study English, art, music, dance and much more. They sow flowers and take care of the plants as well as each other. And then, in the field, we work constantly in emergencies and emergencies, with rapid and appropriate responses to those who arrive exhausted after days of walking, boating and fatigue. We equip ourselves for winter and summer, trying never to forget anyone. Bringing dignity back to these people is the motto and purpose of QRT, which takes care of everyone with extraordinary determination.”

 

Federica

August 2020

“I came home with a heavy heart, but so enriched. What this experience gave me is beyond any possible description: I have never received so much love and I have never seen so much gratitude. I came home with a new perspective on what is happening in Europe, knowing that action is required and that QRT is doing an amazing work! Looking forward to being back!”

 

Alessandra

July 2019

 

“Spending time in the refugee camp in Diavata made me understand a concept that I was previously aware of but had not yet given much thought to: these people are just like us, they have the same concerns, the same goals, they do the same jobs.  They are normal people who spend their lives in a context that is not normal at all. It’s not normal that people are living crammed into containers, it’s not normal that there are families living in tents with no electricity while it’s close to 40 degrees outside, it’s not normal that volunteers have to carry blocks of ice to them in a wheelbarrow because they don’t have a refrigerator to store food. It is not normal that I could get on a plane, after a month, going through the check-in quickly and smoothly thanks to my polished Swiss ID card, whereas all the people I had met will have to stay in the camp and wait maybe years to get a document in order to move elsewhere. The work that we volunteers do with QRT is something that should not exist because no human being should be in the conditions in which the people in Diavata find themselves. However, this reality exists and seeing it with my own eyes was like suddenly waking up: everything QRT does is important and absolutely necessary, but to change the situation in Greece, people in Europe need to become aware of how indispensable a political change is.


Arianna

July 2019

“As a volunteer I have learned a lot. Both on a human level, sharing afternoons with girls and children, and on a practical level, carrying out the work at home base. I never expected to return home knowing how to make cement to build a wall or how to plaster a wall. Yet the QRT experience taught me that too. A group of volunteers who don’t know each other but become friends because they share strong moments. A group of Afghan girls who enjoy salsa dancing and then teach you typical dances of their country. A group of children who come to the classroom to do chores or just to hang out in the cooler. A group does, because it is union that is the strength.”

 

Ana

December 2018

“Through QRT we are able to give love and attention to children, support to parents, and as far as possible some dignity to families. An experience that I carry in my heart, every smile and hug received is a wonderful gift and an inexplicable gratification in words. I can’t wait to come back!”

 

Alessandro

May 2018

“What do I bring home? Confirmations and news. Knowing that volunteering in this field is pure utopia because you will never be able to do enough, but it would be like closing hospitals because people keep getting sick. I have seen how much strength a smile can have, how much it can change mine and other people’s day and how many wounds it can cure. That words count for nothing if there are no facts, because the world changes with facts and not with opinions. I bring home new eyes and it is impossible to explain it in words. The refugees have given me much more than I have given. See you on your next trip.”

 

Francesca

May 2018

Human beings like me, who arrive tired and scared in a country they do not know. Forced to live in terrible conditions and without certainties about what the future will hold for them. And yet, despite everything, I have found in them a strength and dignity that I will never forget. We have tried to make their lives more dignified, to show them with little attention that we are all one big family, where those who are better help those who are worse. This for me is solidarity. I don’t know how much I have been able to give to these people, but what I have received is unquestionable.”

 

Laura

February 2018

“The day of departure, sure of the melancholy of the day before, it happened instead that I feel full of energy and love. […] I was a diesel, I started preparing a mandala for the girls in the camp to paint. A little girl picked up the phone and put on Habibti mnin. Many approached to see what I was doing, I told them that I was about to go. ‘Where do you go? Home, in Suiza. And why? Why don’t you stay here? Family.’ I could only answer Family. I didn’t feel comfortable giving this justification to people who are stuck in this limbo for months or years waiting to join your family.”

 

 

Raissa

February 2018

“In the last weeks and in my nearly 3 weeks, the foundations QRT have been laid, foundations that must be solid and lasting, foundations in which we believe. Now I am back home, but I am always more convinced that what we have done down there is simply extraordinary.”