May’s news roundup!

As part of our ongoing commitment to Leros Solidarity Network in Leros, we continue to help provide baby items for the refugee families in Leros. We spent this afternoon sorting and packing donated baby items that will be winging their way to Leros this week. It was hot work!!!

In addition, we also send donated toiletries to Leros and to The Orange House in Athens on a regular basis.

A couple of weeks ago, we joined St Peters Mission Group in West Sussex for a fundraising tea party. Thank you to the amazing team there for hosting such a successful event, as we are funded solely by donations- this support is vital to enable us to continue what we do.

Also this month, we had a team running at the British Airways Run Gatwick event in Crawley.

As ever, there’s lots going on! And as for the situation in Greece- sadly, it’s no better. People are still arriving, the island hotspot camps are over double their capacity with around 15,000 residents. The Greek mainland continues to host several 10s of thousands of refugees. Organisations are short of donations and volunteers, largely due to the fact that as the situation is off our news- it’s out of people’s minds.

Please help us by spreading the word about our work. We are completely volunteer run, so people’s donations have maximum impact in making a positive difference to the lives of refugees in Greece. Thank you for your support.

A transformation in The Orange House

Over the last month, we have supplied funding to The Orange House in Athens to provide some vital renovation to the centre. In the buildings basement was a shower which was in a dire, run down state. The shower is used by refugees from the squats who have no access to hot water. We have funded the complete renovation of the shower to provide a dignified shower for use of the refugee community. Prior to renovations- people were getting changed in a store room and were accessing the shower via the small kitchen used by volunteers who cook meals for the refugee community. This was far from ideal, and our funding has enabled a dignified changing room to be created as well as access to the shower from the changing room. This has meant access via the kitchen has been closed up allowing the kitchen to function more efficiently. But that’s not all! The project also provided funding for the conversion of a store type room into a further classroom which will allow even more learning to take place in the centre.

This is an incredible achievement and as we are solely funded by donations- it’s our supporters who have made this possible. Thank you! Our social media platforms have provided a video diary of the work, so we have collated these videos for our website followers to watch…