The Faces of Lesvos

Behind every fact and behind every statistic are real human beings, each of whom have a personality, a past and a future. While the state of the world robbed these people of their homes and lives, there are always things we can do to help keep these individuals strong, and aid them so they can champion their way out of adversity.

Our Board of directors

Our vision is brought to life with the support of people who share our passion for the cause and work to make a difference.

Jay Rosenzweig

Habib Al- Assaad

Katie Hoffman

Greg McGowan

Denny Vildiridou

Noah Maier

Advisory council

Our vision is brought to life with the support of people who share our passion for the cause and work to make a difference.

Paola Mendoza

Matt Cyrankiewicz

Danielle De La Fuenta

Michael Skolnik

Gabe Feldman

Billy Watterson

Essam Daod

Eric Harr

Aziz Al Hamza

Maysa Jalbout

Bobby Bailey

Ariana Fowler

Our Collaborators

Yoga and Sport for refugees

This NGO was established at the end of 2017 in Lesvos. Since then the community offers a wide variety of sports activities to the refugees stranded on the island while they endure the long-lasting and grueling asylum process. The organization currently runs 6 different projects, offering 15 different sports to approximately 400 refugees per day.

Humanity crew

an international aid organization specializing in the provision of first response mental health interventions to refugees and people in crises. They work to deploy mental health and psychosocial support to people in crisis zones in order to improve their wellbeing, to restore order in their lives, and to prevent further psychological escalation. Humanity Crew was founded by Essam Daod after he volunteered in Lesvos in 2015.


The first evidence-based initiative focused on sustainable development and the mental, social, and emotional wellbeing of young women. StrenghtIn offers a more human and holistic blueprint for development by taking into account overlooked basic needs, such as self-worth and connection. These needs are virtually ignored in global crises — times when feelings of shame and disconnection are amplified.

Leadership committee

These heroes are stepping up to ensure the center has the support it needs.

Helen Maroulis

Rostam Zafari

Elvira Gonzalez

Matthew Sanner

Nancy Schultz Vitangeli

Gavin Midlam

Mehul Bhagat

Shelly Tygielsky

​When We Band Together is a sponsored project of GVNGorg, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with an EIN 81-2446261.