The Current Situation
Arrivals to the Greek islands have surged this year, especially during the latter half of the summer. The number of refugees and asylum seekers in Greece has sharply risen from around 70,000 in the spring to some 85,000 now. Its estimated that some 35,000 people are held on the islands leading the hotspot camps to become seriously and critically overcrowded. This has led to numerous issues and serious problems over the summer.
There are nearly 5,000 unaccompanied minors in the country, and sadly not all are in appropriate accommodation or shelter. Over the summer, many squats in the cities have been evicted meaning there has been a focus on integrating people and supporting self sufficiency.
Numerous gaps in care remain prevalent, and the situation continues to evolve. The way that we operate means that we are able to respond quickly and efficiently to needs.
Our partnerships with the organisations we work with are solid, and it has been amazing to see the difference that we have been able to make. This would not have been possible without the help of our incredible supporters.
The Greek Council For Refugees
We have been really pleased to have provided monthly funding to the Greek Council For Refugees
Our regular contributions now help fund their emergency fund. This focuses on providing emergency aid to the most vulnerable cases. Some examples of what this provides includes medical treatment, emergency accommodation, transport for lawyer/asylum appointments, activities for vulnerable children, supporting asylum applications, disability equipment aids, funeral expenses, food vouchers, baby supplies, school supplies, hygiene items, the list goes on! How much we contribute each month solely depends on how much income we have had in donations.
You can help by signing up to make a monthly contribution via our secure donate platform.
A New Collaboration
In June we entered into a new collaboration with Hestia Hellas, when we funded a pilot project to train 5 community leaders in eye screening. This meant they were able to provide eye screenings and hand out 100 pairs of glasses to communities in need. This project was a success, and we are now looking at funding the project in its ent
irety for 3 months. We are committing to 3 months at the moment based on the budget we have. Following this period we hope to be in a position to be able to commit further.
Summer saw festival season get into full swing. Its been our busiest summer by far!
We continue to fund the monthly rent for a vulnerable Afghan family in Athens and have recently entered into an exciting partnership with Sussex Prairie Gardens to help make a difference through art with our ongoing collaboration with Love Without Borders
Responding to urgent needs in Leros and in collaboration with ECHO100Plus, we have funded some bulk buys of nappies, push chairs, baby supplies and ladies sanitary items, and continue to send out donated toiletries on a regular basis.
In September, we were made aware of a dire need of funds for food in Symi which had seen an increase in arrivals, and no infrastructure to support this. In response, we were pleased to have been able to help by sending a grant to our friends at Symi Volunteers.
Aegean Solidarity Network Team UK remains entirely voluntarily run and we keep our overheads minimal so your donations have maximum positive impact. The aid and support we are able to offer is powered by your donations. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work, either financially, by amplifying our message or by giving up your time. A special thanks to Bearwood Action For Refugees, Kings Heath Action For Refugees, East Hoathly and Halland Village of Sanctuary and St Peters Mission Group, whose constant fundraising efforts are pivotal to our work. You can support us by donating, purchasing from our unique clothing line, or by fundraising for your next event on Just Giving or Facebook.