Glossy and matte polish nail, shine, oval or square shaped nails, French or simple manicure and many other techniques. Who does not like to take care of his/her nails? Manicure-pedicure has not only to do with beauty and grooming; above all, it involves our health, and besides, it is an art that is taught and can also become a means of livelihood, as it is one of the most modern and lucrative professions.

It’s in SolidarityNow’s philosophy and priority to encourage our beneficiaries to develop life skills. At their request, we designed a manicure-pedicure training course. Through our Educational Program we decided to offer them the opportunity to attend a free of charge, 60 hours, manicure-pedicure training course at the “Institute of Professional Development”, a vocational training center in Thessaloniki. 15 migrants and refugees (14 women and 1 man) have attended theoretical and practical classes. They have learned aesthetic treatments and other techniques for the toe and finger nails. They have been granted with a diploma that gives them the opportunity to pursue a job as professional nail technicians – artists.

Sana and Amber from Pakistan and Ibrahim from Syria are 3 of the 15 refugees and migrants who attended the training course; along with their teacher Konstantina, they talk about their experience and professional dreams.

At SolidarityNow we support and help migrants, refugees and unemployed Greeks to find a job and get linked with the labor market. 

* The Blue Refugee Center is supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and UNICEF and funded by the European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).

** The SolidarityNow Education Program is implemented with the support of UNICEF and the European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).