CESRT (Chios Eastern Shore Response Team) is a volunteer group responding to the Global Refugee Crisis, working around the clock in Chios, Greece to provide refugees – men, women, and children with critical help and services. Collaborating with the Hellenic Coast Guard to help refugees arriving by boat with medical attention, dry clothes, food and other services, CESRT works in coordination with other relief groups including Zaporeak Proiektua to provide daily nutritious meals and tea to the approximately 1,200 displaced people living in the Souda refugee camp as well as refugees from the Vial camp on the island. CESRT also provides clothing and non-food items on a continual basis to refugees and the needy on Chios.
On a daily basis CESRT volunteers also provide numerous critical services to refugees including being the first to assist with boat landings, food preparation, volunteering at the two centres, warehouse organisation and distribution, transportation and other important services.
Two centres recently opened: the Women’s Centre, where women can enjoy some quiet time, as well as learning languages or other useful skills, and the Children’s Centre where families can come to care for their children in a safe, nurturing environment.
CESRT also provides daily English language classes to refugees to assist them with integrating into new environments.
The team at CESRT are always looking for volunteers, and you can find out how to contact them by visiting the volunteer page on our website https://asnteamuk.org/volunteer/
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