WWBT Hellas is a non-profit organization helping women and their children as well children with special needs

Who are we?

Our approach
Our aim

We take a holistic approach to our work, addressing the complex and interconnected issues that contribute to poverty and inequality. Our programmes focus on education, healthcare, and job orientation, with an emphasis on sustainability and community involvement.

Refugees in Lesvos are deprived of opportunities to build physical our mission is to support and empower disadvantaged women and children at camp by them providing access to basic washing necessities, education, and a warm meal. We believe that by addressing the root causes of inequality, we can create lasting change.

The idea and the dream belongs to the founder of WWBT Organization, Zoe Pappis, who has been involved in important aid for refugees on the front lines in Lesvos since 2015. The dream became a reality in January of 2020 and was adapted to the needs of women and children on the move. Until today, many women and children visit our center and enjoy many programs aiming to enrich, both mentally and physically.

Our mission is to ultimately provide the women and children with appropiate skills for the next important steps for their new life in Europe. A better proficiency in English or for example a computer lesson in which they learn to write a professional email, could make a huge difference for a better future.

These people on the move are forced to live under circumstances without proper resources. We make it our mission to provide necessary facilites, such as the means to wash their clothes and shower without fear for their safety. At WWBT they have access to a living room-like area to relax drink tea while their children play outside and enjoy lessons and workshops. This alone relieves a huge weight of the shoulders of the mothers. The women can enjoy the programs that they requested, such as Educational programs, (English, German, Computer, as well as Greek) Job orientation, Wellness and Sport activties.

Our vision

Our duty is to protect their human rights, diginity and through our action to empower them. It is difficult route because the organization is fiananced by its own resources, by our community and people who really care, help and support our fellow human beings all over earth.

Our global team

Stavros Mirogiannis

Director WWBT HELLAS- When We Band Together Hellas. Camp Manager - Senior Consultant - Humanitarian Support and Emergency

The Director Camp Manager is a highly skilled professional with invaluable experience in managing camp operations. With years of expertise in overseeing various aspects of camp management, this individual has a deep understanding of the unique challenges and requirements of running a successful camp. From coordinating staff and activities to ensuring the safety and well being of all women and children.

Zoe Pappis

Executive Director + Co-Founder at WWBT - When We Band Together (USA) dedicated to ensuring displaced people have community resources, safe spaces and positive places where they can thrive. She has led refugee aid organization WWBT since 2016, supporting and leading initiatives that emphasize dignity and prioritize the most vulnerable.

As a Mental Health Counselor, I am responsible for providing support and guidance to individuals dealing with various mental health issues. I work closely with a team of professionals to ensure the well-being of our visitors women and children. In addition to counseling, I am also involved in the operational management of our organization, overseeing administrative tasks and coordinating resources. My educational background has equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively address the needs of our clients. I am passionate about helping others and strive to create a safe and nurturing environment for individuals to heal and grow.

Mariza Hahathaki

Katerina Sali

Rania Morali

Dedicated to ensuring displaced people have community resources, safe spaces and positive places where they can thrive. She has led refugee aid organization WWBT since 2016, supporting and leading initiatives that emphasize dignity and prioritize the most vulnerable. Our organization is fortunate to have a secretary who is truly an all-rounder. This individual goes above and beyond in providing assistance and support in various aspects of our operations. Whether it is managing schedules, organizing meetings, or handling administrative tasks, our secretary is always there to lend a helping hand. Their efficiency and attention to detail ensure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently within our organization. Furthermore, their excellent communication skills and ability to multitask make them an invaluable asset in dealing with clients and colleagues alike. We are grateful to have such a competent and dedicated individual as our secretary, as their contributions truly make a difference in ensuring the success of our organization.

My name is Joanna Antonoglou. I’m 48 years old. I am working to WWBT since March 2023. My position is teaching the Greek language to refugees women and child care provider. I have a PhD in Social Anthropology. I started working to the refugee crises since 2013. I have attended the following seminars and training: First Aid, Communications Training for HRC volunteers (establish a basic ability to draft a press release, write a short blog and capture well composed images for use across digital channels), Psychological First Aid, Training of Educators and Executives for Vulnerable Social Groups (which was carried out by the Institute of Continuing Adult Education of the General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning).

Dr. Ioanna Antonoglou, an anthropologist with a PHD, is widely recognized for her exceptional teaching skills in Greek. She has a great presence in the field of education, especially when it comes to teaching beginners, particularly women from diverse backgrounds. Her expertise in Greek language instruction has made her an invaluable resource for those looking to learn the language from scratch. Her ability to connect with her students and create a comfortable learning environment allows her to effectively cater to the needs of each individual, ensuring that they grasp the fundamentals of the Greek language. Through her patient and engaging teaching methods, Joanna empowers women from all walks of life to confidently communicate in Greek, opening doors to new opportunities and cultural experiences.

Joanna Antonoglou

A candle expert is needed to showcase their skills and teach women how to create business ideas in the candle-making industry. This expert will guide aspiring female entrepreneurs in developing their own unique candle products and provide them with valuable insights on how to market and sell their creations effectively. Through hands-on demonstrations and interactive workshops, women will learn various techniques in candle making, such as wax melting, fragrance blending, and mold selection. The expert will also share tips on creating appealing packaging designs and building a strong brand identity. By empowering women with knowledge and practical skills, this initiative aims to encourage them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and establish successful candle businesses.

Yannis # The Driver

Our organization is immensely grateful for the driver, fixer who has been a great help in our delivery operations. His dedication and expertise have ensured that our deliveries are always on time and our customers are satisfied. Their ability to quickly identify and fix any issues that arise during transportation has been invaluable to us. We can always rely on them to go above and beyond to ensure that our organization runs smoothly and efficiently. Their hard work and commitment to their role have made a significant impact on our overall success. We truly appreciate their contributions and are fortunate to have such a reliable and skilled individual on our team.

Background - Greek South African am a versatile individual with expertise in both sports training and teaching English to children. I have experience working with various organizations where I have assisted in media online campaigns and projects. My role as a sport trainer involves coaching and mentoring individuals to improve their physical fitness and performance in various sports. Additionally, I have a passion for teaching English to children and have been involved in designing and delivering engaging lessons to enhance their language skills. I have also supported organizations in leveraging social media platforms to reach a wider audience and promote their initiatives. With my diverse skill set and dedication, I strive to contribute to organizations by combining my passion for sports, English teaching, and media assistance.

Yiannis (John) Kamatsos

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”

– Mark Van Doren