Looking back over 2017

In 2017, we have spent over £21,000 in helping refugees in Greece.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of our supporters who have made this possible.  2017 has been challenging in many ways.  Whilst refugee arrivals in Greece significantly increased over the latter half of the year, fundraising has become more and more difficult due to a lack of media interest in what has been happening.  We have been able to respond to needs as they change and you can see a breakdown of where we have directed funds to support and help refugees in Greece over 2017;

  • £2223 has funded hygiene kits in Leros in collaboration with ECHO100Plus
  • £841 has funded food in collaboration with Nea Kavala Art Without Borders
  • £1362 has funded food in Rhodes in collaboration with Oasis
  • £3181 has funded food and various other needs via Hope Café in Athens
  • £2708 has funded the info map and roof garden projects at The Khora in Athens
  • £1997 has funded food and various other needs at The Orange House in Athens
  • £3095 has funded underwear in collaboration with The Unmentionables
  • £753 has funded food and various other needs at Pikpa in Leros
  • £442 has funded various needs in Samos through Samos Volunteers
  • £914 has been granted to ATLAS for their outreach program in Greece
  • £1000 has been spent on accommodation for vulnerable refugees
  • £2056 has been spent on miscellaneous items such as but not limited to medical supplies and children’s shoes
  • £863 has been spent on shipping items from clothing to nappies to hygiene items from the UK to Greece

We couldn’t have done any of this without you, thank you.  You can read more about each individual project in the projects we support tab in the menu bar on our website.  We don’t intend on giving up, and strive in wanting to make more of a positive difference.  We need your help, and as we operate solely on donations-your support is vital.  Aegean Solidarity Network Team UK is entirely voluntary run, so you can be sure that your donation is making maximum positive impact.  Click donate to visit our secure donate platform where you can sign up to make regular donations, and gift aid your donation to make it go even further

Nea Kavala Art Without Borders

One of the projects we support on a regular basis is Nea Kavala Art Without Borders.  Kayra who founded and runs this initiative spent much time volunteering in Greece when the refugee crisis was at its peak in 2015.

When playing with the children, she noticed the difference that art made to them.  How their faces somehow changed and relaxed as they got absorbed into creating their individual masterpieces.

Kayra invites children from nearby camps into her home and provides a wholesome and nutritious meal as well as some sweet treats.  Its the food and refreshments that we fund in this project.  The kids are each given a canvas and paints and away they go!  The canvases are sold on by Kayra and her network and the artists get the proceeds.  Art supplies are paid for by the organisation.  There are also adult artists involved and they set their own prices for their work and get to keep 100% of proceeds.  Art ranges from 20 to 300 Euros

We love this project for many reasons, but most importantly- it offers these innocent children a chance to play and interact in a “normal” and safe environment.

If you would like to donate to help support this and the other the projects and initiatives, click our donate button


Inside a hotspot camp

Thank you Sky News for offering us a rare and honest glimpse into one of Greece’s hotspot camps and for revealing the harsh and appalling conditions suffered by so many for so long. https://news.sky.com/story/the-refugee-families-living-among-filth-and-faeces-in-camp-in-greece-11177872

Lots going on…

What a fantastic night at our fundraiser A Rather Musical Affair in West Sussex on the 8th December, where we raised an incredible £1350!  Thank you so much to everyone involved and who came and supported us for making it such a success.

Despite a number of vulnerable people being relocated to the Greek mainland from the camps on the islands, the camps remain terribly overcrowded and in dire conditions.  We have responded to this and sent a grant of 500 euros to Samos Volunteers for them to be able to purchase needed items from their needs list.  In addition this month, we have also funded food for refugees on Rhodes, and purchased a months supply of food and needed items for the Orange House residents and day visitors in Athens.  We are also sending over 3000 dental kits to Chios and Samos.  So as always, there’s lots going on.

Here are some recent photos from the Moria camp in Lesbos.  Its hard to believe that this is happening now in Europe.

Pounds for pants- funded!

THANK YOU!!!! You did it! Thanks to the generous donors in our recent campaign pounds for pants, we have been able to fund 1000 pairs of underwear for refugee children in Chios. In various sizes – 400 pairs for boys aged 1-5, 200 for girls aged 1-5, 200 for boys aged 6-12, and 200 for girls aged 6-12 were bought.

The need is dire in Chios, and the Unmentionables worked on distribution alongside CESRT (Chios Eastern Shore Response Team).

The situation on the islands is particularly serious at the moment with terrible overcrowding in the hotspot camps. You have helped make a difference to these afflicted people’s lives. Thank you.