Update #5 on Refugees in the Balkans deployment

This is the fifth update on the deployment for refugees on the Balkan route.

Have you met Helena? She’s one of the Leads of this deployment, and she’s our contact with Internews. She is also one of the very first Standby Task Force volunteers, and she now sits on our Board of Directors.

Yesterday she posted this message on Slack:

I just wanted to give you a bit of a general update. Internews staff working on the ground are looking at the information you are collecting. They are already finding it very useful, as a way to crosscheck the contacts they make on the ground and look for other possible contacts. On Wednesday, I will make some summary reports from this data for them, which they expect to also find very useful as a way to identify gaps. Internews are working to set up better information channels for refugees so they can get access to the services and information they need.    

If you have any question, at any point, about how your work is contributing to what Internews does, please feel free to ask me […].

And thank you. Thank you so much for dedication your free time to help a group of people in need. Keep up your great work!

Join our deployment

We won’t stop repeating it; we need more volunteers. We need people with media monitoring skills. We need people who are good at searching the web. We need people who speak Arabic, Pashtu, Dari and Tigrigna. Even if it’s just for an hour, please join us.

To sign up, you will need to complete the Google form located at the bottom of the page on the Ning:


You will receive an invitation via email to join our Slack channel within 12 hours of signing up on the Google form.

In case you have problems accessing Slack, please get in touch with Helena (), Per () or Stuart ()

If you have joined the deployment but haven’t completed the Google form, please do, it helps us know who is working on the deployment.

We would love to hear from you as well

Your thoughts will help us improve this deployment. You don’t have to come up with a solution, but it is important that we are aware of problems. Every feedback that contains a suggestion or a complaint is important to us.

Depending on your time zone, please feel free to contact:

Joyce Skype: joyce.monsees  Slack: joycemonsees-sbtf (UTC -7)
Stuart Skype: stuart.costello5  Slack: stuart_sbtf (UTC + 1)


Leads for this deployment are:

Per Aarvik () skype:per_aarvik
Helena Puig Larrauri ()

Keep in touch

If you’ve got any questions, comments, suggestions then drop me or anyone in the core team an email or ask in the SBTF general chat room on Skype.

or [email protected]

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