Habibi.Works

Designed to bring refugees, locals & international experts together

2o klm E.O. KATSIKA - KOUTSELIO, ENANTI PALAIOU AERODROMIOU, Katsikas 452 21, Greece

Fab Lab Community center Makerspace Humanitarian lab Third-place

Space size 1200 m²

Opened in August 2016

Structure type Non-profit Organization

Explored in July 2019


Powered by the German NGO Soup & Socks, Habibi.Works is a FabLab of freedom where people will have all the tools at disposal to unfold their potential and bring in their skills. Habibi.Works is most of all a meeting place where Katsikas refugee camp people, locals, entrepreneurs, and international experts will creatively collaborate around products and perspectives, combining their knowledge and sharing their expertise. Habibi.Works is about creating a more just, equitable world, living in solidarity, living eye-level on a daily basis.

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Main interests

Social initiatives Community Health & well-being Do-it-yourself Gender diversity Social diversity Craftsmanship Self-sufficiency Recycling & upcycling Education Technology - machines & tools

This workshop is great for:

Makers residency Every single person & organisation!

Join the Habibi Works Team

We work together … We live together … ARE YOU UP FOR IT?

We are always looking for experts to strengthen our team and supervise the different working areas. Are you interested in joining us? Please read through the introduction guide to understand better what the work would entail. Subsequently send us an email on recruiting@soupandsocks.eu

Interview & guided tour

Meet someone from the team & discover the space by yourself!

Our workshop

Learn more about our space, members, machines & services!

Our story or what are Soup and Socks e.V. and how Habibi.Works started

Soup and Socks e.V. is a non-profit German organisation founded in 2015 by a group of young adults who wanted to get active and set signs of solidarity with people who fled their countries. This led to their current project: the intercultural makerspace Habibi.Works. Since August 2016, highly capable team members from 16 different countries run this extraordinary makerspace for refugees and locals in the north of Greece.

In a context in which sustainable responses are rare, the project provides platforms for education, empowerment and encounter.

The makers have access to 10 well equipped working areas, among them a wood workshop, a metal workshop, a sewing atelier and a Media Lab with access to advanced technology such as 3D printer and laser cutter. Most recently, they became part of the Precious Plastic community and started this workshop!

Being a maker wipes off the stigma of being passive or helpless and offers caring individuals, brilliant minds and hard working hands new opportunities. The approach of creating solutions instead of waiting for solutions has an incomparable impact on people’s current living situation, on their motivation to continue or use their education and on their confidence to build an independent life within the European societies.

It works

Habibi.Works is a proof that things can be changed, and that every person can have an impact.

The team consists of hard-working, motivated experts from all over the world who bring in their time, experience and energy to make the project grow.

Today, Habibi.Works is a makerspace located close to a refugee camp in Ioannina, Greece. The ten different working areas (community kitchen, carpentry, metal workshop, sewing atelier, creative atelier, media lab, bike repair station, library, community garden and gym) are platforms for empowerment, education and social encounters. People from the nearby refugee camps and Greek local are getting together with international experts to share experience, gain new skills and create solutions. Working across language divides (camp residents may only speak arabic, farsi, etc., and volunteers also come from all over the world), it’s amazing they’re able to do so much— and to do it so collaboratively.

We support people to create solutions themselves. We listen to their ideas instead of telling them what to do. We encourage them to share their skills and teach; we empower them instead of carrying out something for them. We live the values we would like to see in our societies: respect, solidarity, equity. In our decision making, we try to be as transparent as possible. Open and honest communication is key.

“In the early days, the space and its volunteers were working with extremely limited resources— long-term volunteers (only half) jokingly recount refugees themselves offering money to the project or particularly rough-looking individual volunteers. Today, Habibi.Works is a little more established, but still, aid is a two way street, and the space belongs as much to residents of the refugee camps as to its volunteers. Everyone works together to co-cook meals for the community, to improve the space, and to support each other’s individual projects.” insert from MAKEzine article Open World: Habibi Works

Today, external support makes their work possible. To contribute you can choose from different options which can be cash, materials or even at no cost for you. To learn more -> follow the link

Our story or what are Soup and Socks e.V. and how Habibi.Works started

Soup and Socks e.V. is a non-profit German organisation founded in 2015 by a group of young adults who wanted to get active and set signs of solidarity with people who fled their countries. This led to their current project: the intercultural makerspace Habibi.Works. Since August 2016, highly capable team members from 16 different countries run this extraordinary makerspace for refugees and locals in the north of Greece.

In a context in which sustainable responses are rare, the project provides platforms for education, empowerment and encounter.

The makers have access to 10 well equipped working areas, among them a wood workshop, a metal workshop, a sewing atelier and a Media Lab with access to advanced technology such as 3D printer and laser cutter. Most recently, they became part of the Precious Plastic community and started this workshop!

Being a maker wipes off the stigma of being passive or helpless and offers caring individuals, brilliant minds and hard working hands new opportunities. The approach of creating solutions instead of waiting for solutions has an incomparable impact on people’s current living situation, on their motivation to continue or use their education and on their confidence to build an independent life within the European societies.

It works

Habibi.Works is a proof that things can be changed, and that every person can have an impact.

The team consists of hard-working, motivated experts from all over the world who bring in their time, experience and energy to make the project grow.

Today, Habibi.Works is a makerspace located close to a refugee camp in Ioannina, Greece. The ten different working areas (community kitchen, carpentry, metal workshop, sewing atelier, creative atelier, media lab, bike repair station, library, community garden and gym) are platforms for empowerment, education and social encounters. People from the nearby refugee camps and Greek local are getting together with international experts to share experience, gain new skills and create solutions. Working across language divides (camp residents may only speak arabic, farsi, etc., and volunteers also come from all over the world), it’s amazing they’re able to do so much— and to do it so collaboratively.

We support people to create solutions themselves. We listen to their ideas instead of telling them what to do. We encourage them to share their skills and teach; we empower them instead of carrying out something for them. We live the values we would like to see in our societies: respect, solidarity, equity. In our decision making, we try to be as transparent as possible. Open and honest communication is key.

“In the early days, the space and its volunteers were working with extremely limited resources— long-term volunteers (only half) jokingly recount refugees themselves offering money to the project or particularly rough-looking individual volunteers. Today, Habibi.Works is a little more established, but still, aid is a two way street, and the space belongs as much to residents of the refugee camps as to its volunteers. Everyone works together to co-cook meals for the community, to improve the space, and to support each other’s individual projects.” insert from MAKEzine article Open World: Habibi Works

Today, external support makes their work possible. To contribute you can choose from different options which can be cash, materials or even at no cost for you. To learn more -> follow the link

Technologies & processes available

3D printing Photo & video Printing, drawing & painting Recycling Textile machines Wood working tools Metal working tools Welding

Services offered

Free machines & tools access Residency programs Repairing objects Community center Education missions

Our makers projects

Get inspired by the DIY projects of our team & members

Home.Work

Home.Work is a mobile toolbox that enables people to make a home a home, when they need it most.

Designed with the needs of people living in isolated refugee camps in Greece in mind, Home.Work transforms from a toolbox to a home workstation in a matter of minutes. The box includes all the tools needed to repair and build stuff, and create a garden, too.

Home.Work was built and piloted with the community in Katsikas Refugee Camp, which is a new but barren home to nearly 1,000 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Congo and many other places.

Inspired by the Habibi.Works humanitarian fab lab, this simple idea helps re-engage talented and motivated makers who, because of circumstances beyond their control, are now refugees.


Habibi.Dome

The project Habibi Dome was created through collaboration and collective thinking and led to a building. It serves as a modular, spatial (triangular) structure, as a flexible construction.

The temporary “pop up” structure is meeting point, platform for workshops and events. People generate access to knowledge sharing and to social participation through artistic, collective and architectural methods.


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