YES! Completed! With €15 to start, you warmed the refugee’s feet & heart!

Update posted by Grytsje Kramer On Jan 15, 2017

Thank you very much, all of you lovely people!

Good news: "our" refugees have shoes! Thanks to the efforts and contributions of Kos Solidarity, Nisyros Supports Refugees (NSR), former volunteers, the refugees themselves and... you!

Therefore this Crowd-funding stops.

For other basic needs, like food, hot water and more, the new crowd-fund has been launched: https://gogetfunding.com/help-refugees-at-kos-gree...

Contributions remain more than welcome!!

Now it is true that the refugees are 'stuck' at the Greek islands. You might have seen the Amnesty urgent action.

'Our' refugees have hitherto happily had great help, especially from the volunteers of Kos Solidarity - and therefore the situation seems less severe at the moment, compared with the refugees at some other places, like Lesbos.

It's incredible how beautifully the volunteers and refugees have worked together, turning this ongoing "hell" (of cold, hunger, deprivation, fear and uncertainty and -that's an understatement- less than optimal cooperation by the authorities) into an atmosphere of 'we are making the best of this situation'. A great example of self-organization emerged. Working together, singing together. Despite the situation also friendships arose and beautiful memories are made.

However ... the volunteers Kos Solidarity can not keep doing this permanently! They can't take all of the responsibility that EU and Governments failed to take up till now. After eighteen months working intensively, putting so much (sometimes all) of their spare time in for the refugees there, they need time to reconsider, how, with failing governments, they can go on best in taking care for the refugees and their families and themselves. Hopefully the situation changes - and international governments take responsibility for a proper treatment for refugees, respecting their rights.

We can keep on helping! By giving, sharing, helping out - and by choosing wise politicians and governments!

Thank you very much, once again. So much gratitude!

Update posted by Grytsje Kramer On Dec 22, 2016

Dear all,

Thank you very much for your interest in and contribution to warm the feet and hearts of the refugees on Kos!

At this time, almost € 2,700 has been collected <3

After this first crowdfund, we simply continue to collect - for shoes, warm clothing and food - to cater for the basic needs of these lovely people. On the crowdfunding pages and my Facebook page you can find the latest news. If you feel like sharing or chipping in, in the next period, we'll all be very grateful.

Happy holidays and love, warmth, luck and faith in 2017

With kind regards, Grytsje, on behalf of Renata Papa Kosta and the refugees

Update posted by Grytsje Kramer On Dec 19, 2016

With warm thanks for everyone that chipped in already!

We've come close - aren't there yet! Luckily this campaign can go on :) I just gave it a few months more. Let's get to the point that all feet - including the newly arrived - and bodies are warm and basically taken care for! That no one needs to be hungry over there.

What you do for one, you do for all!

Update posted by Grytsje Kramer On Dec 18, 2016

Today is the LAST DAY of the crowdfunding! Last week, on a very nice happy-shoes day, a total of 130 pairs of shoes was distributed. Renata Papakosta said, "Under heavy rain we did it or better they (the refugees) did it, without lines and army tactics and panic. It was wonderful. Everybody cooperating even if they knew they wouldn't take shoes today because there were others in bigger need. Wonderful. Autonomy and auto-organization from the deep shit."

Lovely people, can you please help to chip in, this last day? To make it possible, that those refugees that helped, coordinated and wanted all the other ones to be given shoes first, like Naveed, Majid and Waqas, also will get warmth by shoes, before Christmas?

Update posted by Grytsje Kramer On Dec 18, 2016

Today is the LAST DAY of the crowdfunding! Last week, on a very nice happy-shoes day, a total of 130 pairs of shoes was distributed. Renata Papakosta said, "Under heavy rain we did it or better they (the refugees) did it, without lines and army tactics and panic. It was wonderful. Everybody cooperating even if they knew they wouldn't take shoes today because there were others in bigger need. Wonderful. Autonomy and auto-organization from the deep shit."

Lovely people, can you please help to chip in, this last day? To make it possible, that those refugees that helped, coordinated and wanted all the other ones to be given shoes first, like Naveed, Majid and Waqas, also will get warmth by shoes, before Christmas?

Update posted by Grytsje Kramer On Dec 08, 2016

Yesturday we had a beautifull night with the Pakistanis who live on the 3rd level of the Annex. And 2nite we are invited for biryaniiiii.I really wish u were here,u would explode from the good energy. I ll send you fotos and videos tonite or 2morow morning.

I contacted the shoe guy, we have a small problem about the numbers, but we will resolve it, and today i ll put him the money and in 2 maximum 3 days we will have the first shoesssss.

Me (Grytsje): Yes, Wonderful! Have a gooood night Renata! ❤

❤️a night full of biryani, pakistani affection and a big step forward

Me (Grytsje): Yes! ❤

Tomorrow I'll be off again for work, I'm looking forward to see how far we are tomorrownight!

Me (Grytsje): Dear Renata, We've got 1222,89 altogether 🙂 right now!! I hope it keeps flowing flowing flowing ♥ !

My computer broke down, maybe today they will fix it. First part of shoes are arriving today in the afternoon. Thanks to youuuuuu

Me (Grytsje): Gooood luck!!!

Still the strike with the boats.The shoes are inside the boat but the boat is in Pireus. Christians Pakistani in the camp started hunger strike 3-4 days ago asking for freedom and muslims are supporting them. Its very moving. When my computer is fixed i ll send you fotos videos etc. Everybody wants to tell thanks. Although shoes are not still here. Oh Grytsje, you would fall in love with each of them, even the worst of them is so sweet

Me (Grytsje): Ohhh darned strike!

And ❤️😘🍀 for all them sweet people!

But really: hungerstrike? That's heavy!

They want to be allowed to move on? Are there any petitions started yet?

And also for the boat from Piraeus?

And is your computer fixed?

Questions questions...🙏😘

It s very difficult to get what they want-asylum-though they suffer bulling and their lives are in danger in Pakistan. But this for the greek government would put the matter in a religious level and this would be kind of complication. As soon as my computer is fixed i ll send you pictures and videos. As for the boat, nobody knows when they sail again because they renew the strike every 48 hours.The boats are tied in Pireus.

Me (Grytsje): Oh that's horrible!

And the Pakis -still without shoes of course- when i explained them about the strike they told me "if the strike is fair and good for greek people we are happy and we don t mind to wait without shoes.Oh Grytsje,in that point i started to cry

There were some German journalists already there.I ll send you everything when i have the computer because now i am with a tablet which i dont really know how to use

Me (Grytsje): Send a lot of love for all of them lovely people!

Yes i ll give them all your love and support

Me (Grytsje): Good! Do the hungerstrikers get medical attention? And Do you know if there are petitions to sign? What are the ferries striking for? Is there an article in a newspaper explaining?

No medical care .One of them fainted and they took them to the hospital.Still no publicity about it,but two days ago came some german journalists.The boys have many videos about all and they are sending me slowly slowly everything.Its my computer the problem .As soon as i get it i ll send you everything.Now,the strike in Greece is about additional taxes that finally lower the income a lot.

Me (Grytsje): Thanks! Do you know the names of these journalists? or the newspaper/ or so?

I ll tell you and i ll send u the video when the boys will send it to me.Today we had an arrival. 119 people all men except 4.They arrived in 2 plastic boats all alive.

Me (Grytsje): Oh!!! Happily alive!! How are they now?

What a season - how cold they must have been... is there food and are there blankets et cetera? Is it common that so many are male and much less female refugees and children?

Good morning dear. Yes there are blankets from the MSF and the UN. Inside the hotspot they stay in containers with beds and AC. There are the UN, the Samaritans, Praxis Metadrasis and 2-3 more big NGO "taking care" of them but still there re no shoes. And it s about 1200 people. The food is very little AND very poor. At least 4 times a week, potatoes for lunch and pasta for diner, both with only a bit of tomato sauce. I ll send you the weekly menu in the end of this week.

But we don t go there. We help 30-50 meters down road where are right now about 180 (one week b4it was 300) people. We dress them, we have shoes for them (when strike will be over) and we provide them items and rice, cooking oil, milk and flour and whatever we can collect from egg and meat. But the big difference is that down we are building with big success autoorganisation. No lines waiting, cooperating all together and recently, every night we eat also all together. There is no police and no authorities down.

Our idea is to make together with them, their staying in this horrible camp, a sweet memory and a good base for solidarity and autoorganisation b2in them. It's going very well. We trust each other. And we have already started the next target which is the LAWYERzs.her more and more and love is everywhere.

When we stabilise the food from donations in money (because they prefer pakistani rice, for example), shoes are on the way thanks to you, and find some trousers missing, we have finished with the first needs.

And so we go to our next target which is the most important. Lawyers. Because the UN who is responsible for this, are making the process quickly and synopticaly, so people don't know really what is going on and don t have their full possibilities for asylum or white card.

There are coming in Kos mostly men Pakistani, probably because Kos is the cheapest destination for the smugglers in Turqia, maybe, i am not sure why.

We need volunteers because we are only 4-5 people doing everything and only 2 of us full because the others work during the day. Volunteers to mostly work on the field with them on the road we have started of autoorganisation. I am trying to give you exactly the picture of the situation. now i must go but i ll try to send you pctrs and video from their strike tonite


Update posted by Grytsje Kramer On Nov 25, 2016

To all of you: thank you so much!

Every amount of money means more love & hope and... warmth!

♥ Tomorrow I expect the first shoes to be handed out ♥

Once again: ♥ Thank You!!! ♥

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Thank you to Jerolyn Morrison for bring this to our attention!

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Great initiative, best of luck with it!

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Good luck, I hope you raise a lot of money! I miss everybody at Kos Solidarity, you are all just amazing people! Take care xxx

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