The children of Syria cannot be abandoned!
Nearly 1 million refugees including young children, have escaped war torn Syria and headed for Europe. One entry point has been the Island of Lesvos where 100,000's of lifejackets have been abandoned.
Some Rotarians are collecting these lifejackets, taking them to mainland Greece (Athens) refurbishing them and sending them, free, to the fishermen of Lake Victoria where over 5,000 die from drowning every year due to the bad weather.
In addtional to saving lives we are preventing an environmental catastrophe by clearing mountains of jackets which have been abandoned but cannot be landfilled or recycled as they will not decompose for a 1,000 years.
Jackets that are not suitable will be upcycled into useful products by local people, desperate to earn a living in a time of severe austerity. They will be sold across Europe to raise even more funds to provide basic needs for displaced people.
Whether they are refugees, migrants or stateless poeple, they deserve dignity at least...
The funding is to pay the costs of warehousing and employing refugees so they can earn enough money for basics like toothpaste, socks, nappies and sanitary towels.
There is so much more to being a refugee than food and water...there is life/survival itself!
Can you please consider donating to this worthy cause....
Video courtesy of Life Vest Upcycling project ...credit to Phjillipa and Eric Kempson