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Community-led aid

Humanitarian aid, advocacy and community-building to support people who are refugees and asylum seekers

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We provide emergency humanitarian aid to people who are refugees and asylum seekers worldwide.

An unfolding crisis

110 million people displaced

As of mid-2023, the UN reports that around the world there are more than 110 million people displaced by war, persecution and other human rights violations. Many of these live in acute difficulty and insecurity.

A humanitarian crisis in Greece

In Greece, many people who are refugees and asylum seekers struggle to access the most basic of rights: food, shelter, and a legal system that upholds their right to asylum. The ‘crisis’ that hit global headlines in 2015 hasn’t gone away and tens of thousands of people still need support to build a new life.

Human rights violations

As people navigate the difficult routes to sanctuary, many have to battle against systems that marginalise and violate their fundamental rights. From border violence to detention, food insecurity to homelessness, the struggles facing communities experiencing forced migration never seem to end.

How it works


Situation monitoring

Our teams actively monitoring developing humanitarian situations on the ground. We draw on the knowledge and expertise of displaced people themselves to generate accurate and timely needs assessments.

Emergency relief on the ground

In crises, our teams work with communities on the ground to deliver essential aid to relieve acute suffering. This includes dry food distributions, vital sleeping equipment and seasonal clothing.

Long-term aid solutions

In many of the regions we operate, we develop mid-term and long-term aid solutions, which include regular distributions, community capacity-building training and established free shops.

Current projects

The Gaza Appeal

Help provide emergency items to Palestinians in Gaza and support local community-led aid distributions, led by long-standing members of RBB.

Qalbi Project, Athens

A community hub for families and individuals in Athens with monthly food and hygiene aid, social support and a referral service.

Chios Island Aid Project

Running regular large-scale distributions for the population at Vial Camp, Chios, specialising in dry food and hygiene items.

Human Rights Advocacy

Combatting misinformation and defending human rights by working directly with marginalised communities in Greece and around the world.

The Prison Run Project

Providing clothes, hygiene products, phone credit, medical and legal support for displaced people in detention.

Humanitarian Leaders

An education and training programme providing jobs within our organisation for those who are recognised refugees.

The Brothers Campaign

Raising awareness about the stigmas and biases against male communities who are displaced and inequalities in aid delivery to this population.

Our impact

At Refugee Biriyani & Bananas we work with 50+ volunteers distribute 100K aid items/year rely on your support

Project WE

Project WE is a series of short award-winning videos that shines a light on some of the individuals  behind the ongoing “Refugee Crisis” in Europe. A collaboration between Refugee Biriyani & Bananas and Studio B, the series proves that there is no us and them – just WE.
Watch the full series on YouTube here.

Stories of displacement

Read stories from some of the people living in refugee camps and acute crisis zones. Hear their recollections of why they have had to flee their home countries, and the journeys they have have had to overcome in to seek a better life and safety.

In the media

Find out more about Refugee Biriyani and Bananas’ work as reported on in major media.

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