Refugee Crisis Relief: Lesbos-Greece
Team Member: Sara and Nick
Thousands of refugees are arriving to the Greek island of Lesbos (also called Lesvos) every day. They are fleeing war and devastation in Syria and Afghanistan, as well as Somalia and Iraq on their way to seeking safety and asylum in mainland Europe. Many have not made the treacherous journey, yet the flow does not stop.
Who We Are:
We are joining efforts with volunteers from around the world, bound together by our calling to do anything in our power to help these refugees escape the horrors of their home countries.
We are dedicating our time, effort, funds, and language abilities in Arabic and Persian to ensure a safe journey onward though Europe for all refugees and alleviating the pressure placed on the Greek island of Lesbos. Some of us are on the ground in Lesbos while some of us are working virtually to support this effort.
We are paying the entire cost of our trip, but are asking for your help in donating money that is seriously needed to make the deteriorating conditions of those families more livable.
Reasons to donate money:
1. Your donation allows volunteers to purchase items based on the changing needs on ground.
2. Buying in bulk from local suppliers and mainland Greece allows the volunteers to get a better price on goods while supporting the local economy.
3. It is important for the refugees to consume bread, meats, fruits and vegetables, which must be bought on the ground.
4. Our volunteers are funding their own flights and boarding. This will ensure that all donated funds go to refugee needs.
5. Our team will publicize the full account of all donations and transactions made with the money donated so that you know exactly where your money is going.
Any funds raised will go toward the purchase of these or other items as determined by our volunteers. Leftover funds will be donated to other organizations working toward the same goal on the island.
Some items and their purposes include:
- Food of all kinds, meat, bread, vegetables, fruits and drinking water.
- Survival blankets, ponchos, tents, sleeping bags, umbrellas and rain tarps to protect refugees from the rainy, cold weather in Lesbos and, furthermore, to protect from illness that may further impair them on their future journey
- Shoes, rain boots, and socks for men, women, and children (waterproof and quick-dry).
- Clothing of all kind (underwear, jumpers/sweaters, trousers, coats); especially waterproof and quick-dry.
- Baby food & formula, carriers, and diapers.
-Shampoo, shower gel, razors, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.
- Feminine products.
- Mattresses, pillows, sheets, and towels for sleeping and washing.
- Batteries, flashlights, and headlamps for both volunteers to work through the night and to be given to refugees for their journey.
Several local teams of volunteers are currently at work across the island. We will be teaming up with Lesvos Volunteers (http://lesvosvolunteers.com) and Lighthouse Refugee Relief (http://www.lighthouserelief.org/).
Interested In Volunteering?
If you are interested in traveling to Lesbos and helping our team on the ground or supporting these efforts virtually, we can use all the hands we can get!
We currently have two phases of volunteers set until the end of the year (December 5-12 and 25-31) and will be planning for future phases as we receive more resources.
We are especially interested in those with Arabic or Persian/Dari language skills but it is by no means a requirement.
Please contact any member of the organizing team for more information.