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A visit of the Chios shelter at Mastichochoria: learning about the island’s history and culture

The unaccompanied children who stay in METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facilities never miss an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of the place where they live. This time, the children of the Chios Accommodation Facility paid a very special visit to the island’s Mastichochoria and specifically to the beautiful village Nenita. There, a mastic grower explained to them step by step how mastic cultivation is done, following processes that remain unchanged for centuries. He also explained to the children all the necessary procedures for preparing the tree for the collection of mastic.

The children found this meeting with the mastic grower so interesting that they asked to learn more about its history by visiting the Mastic Museum. Information on the history of the island, the evolution of the methods of mastic production, its importance in the trade in Chios, and its pharmaceutical properties, surprised the children who just kept asking questions.

METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facility in Chios is funded since June 2020 by EEA Grants in the framework of the Asylum and Migration programme.

Funded by EEA and Norway Grants
Fund operated by ΣΟΛ Crowe and HumanRights360

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