For refugee week this year, we are focusing on the projects we support in turn.
Zoom in on ECHO100PLUS
ECHO100PLUS is an Austrian organisation which responded to the refugee crisis in Greece by setting up in Ritsona and Leros.
Whilst in Ritsona there was a shortage of water in summer 2016, we helped to fund 7500 bottles for distribution by ECHO, but the bulk of our work with them has been in Leros. It was in Leros in 2016 that our incredible relationship was formed with ECHO, and we started to work together to provide tailor made hygiene kits on a regular basis for the residents of PIKPA and Villa Artemis. We funded the supplies and ECHO did the ground work in shopping, packing and distributing.
This project is still running today and has been really successful. ECHO manage a resource centre in Leros called The Hub. This initiative is unique on the island, and provides a number of resources and activities for the refugee community.
ECHO manages a motivated and passionate team of volunteers who work hard to really make a difference. We have supported The Hub by financing an interactive whiteboard as well as more recently contributing towards their sewing project.
The team at ECHO are incredible and we really value our partnership with them.