WWBT is thrilled to announce it has hired Stavros Mirogiannis to lead its operations on Lesvos, managing and coordinating sites, activities and partnerships.
Stavros previously served as manager of the 1,200 person Kara Tepe refugee camp on Lesvos from 2015 - 2019, where he was heralded for his emphasis on maintaining dignity and ensuring quality conditions. In a 2017 interview, Stavros was quoted as saying "“We don’t want people to think of themselves as refugees. This is a village, and everyone here is part of a community,” he said. “Our main objective at Kara Tepe is human dignity.”
When his tenure as site manager ended in August 2019 amid a change in local government, the refugees staged a demonstration in protest, chanting “We need Stavros!”. The Kara Tepe residents even offered to pay his salary so he could remain by pooling their small monthly stipends.
Stavros will now be managing a growing "campus" of community resources around the Moria refugee camp, with programming ran in partnership with locals, NGOs and the refugee community.
The first property under his leadership, a health clinic, is set to open May 5.