In these strange times, many around the world are facing grave consequences due to the global outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Displaced families and individuals around the world are unable to protect themselves due to their current living situations, one of those places being in Lesvos, Greece. Lesvos Solidarity is a not for profit-organisation that runs refugee centers in Lesvos, offering shelter, food, medical and emotional support to the most vulnerable migrants on the island. The organisation has been a registered NGO since 2016 and its roots go back to 2012, promoting inclusion and integration of refugees in society throughout the years. Rehabilitation, therapy and creative learning is also at the forefront of what they do - not only allowing refugees to survive, but also thrive.
The biggest camp that Lesvos Solidarity runs is Pikpa camp. With Covid-19 inevitably approaching at an alarming pace, the camp urgently needs more medical support, specifically another nurse, as there is only one at the moment. Refugees are being evacuated to Pikpa from a larger camp on Lesvos. Moria, a camp that has an original capacity for 3000 people, are currently housing over 20,000. At Moria, running water is scarce and the possibility of physical distancing is very slim due to crowded living situations. Pikpa is helping to offload the pressure on Moria, as their facilities are better able to handle the virus, with their housing making social distancing and isolation possible. This means they will have even more refugees, including children, arriving soon at the camp - they are in desperate need of more resources to help cope. The organisation relies entirely on donations and is not financially supported by the Greek government.
We are hoping to raise enough money for a nurse to be employed at the camp, helping with the increased workload expected due to Covid-19, as well as being able to work in shifts to ensure constant medical care. There is also the need for a psychologist to help those who need trauma treatment. Beyond this, current needs also include money for food, fuel, a septic tank, water, medical expenses, internet, cleaning supplies and increased security, due to people frequently travelling to Lesvos to sabotage the camps.
On this page, Lesvos Solidarity will keep us updated as the situation develops and how the money you donate is used. The point here is that every little bit counts - organizations like these are always in dire need of support, especially during a worldwide crisis like this one. For more information on Lesvos Solidarity and what they do, please visit https://lesvossolidarity.org/en/.
Together, we will help each other through this crisis.
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