As autumn rains commence on Lesbos many tents in the new refugee camp are flooded, as the video shows. These refugees were in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos when catastrophic fires destroyed their camp – the largest in Europe – on 8th and 9th September. This was followed by famine. Much of the new tented accommodation provided by the Greek authorities is now flooded. Authorities remain unable to provide good food for the most vulnerable. “Home for all” a local charity is responding to this challenge - currently feeding 1-2,000 of the most vulnerable people every day.
The new tented camp is cramped – the tents are very close to each other. Before the fires the Moria camp was built for 3,000 refugees but became home to over 13,000. Half were children. The new camp houses 7,000. Single parent families and the sick and disabled are the most vulnerable. Please contribute to this fundraising project to help people survive and feed these vulnerable refugees.
In Rotary, we don’t think people should go hungry especially children, single parent families and the sick, escaping war to refugee camps.
Who we are?
As an organisation which makes things happen both locally and internationally, the Rotary Club of Kew Gardens is very pleased to be crowd funding for this project to support the most vulnerable through the Home for All foodbank on Lesbos.
Home for All has for six years been a social charity kitchen supporting the refugee community with love, dignity and respect. We chose it as we have local volunteers who know it and like Rotary Home for All believes ‘If you can help, just do it’. Home for All previously ran a free restaurant for the refugees – a break from the rigours of camp life - in a safe and caring place. It was closed with COVID 19 restrictions but still supplied and delivered food. It is one of the few NGOs on the island accredited to support unaccompanied minors. Since the fires they have sought out the needy and supplied freshly prepared meals to up to 3,000 refugees daily.
Home for All has both website: https://homeforall.eu and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HomeForAllOfficial/
The latter gives a good update on their work and conditions at the camp.
A quote on the Impact of Home for All and its Foodbanks:
One refugee talking about Home for All: ‘The best place in the world. It really feels like HOME. Here is food, love and the kind of people that you want to make your family.’
The impact of Coronavirus/COVID 19:
COVID-19 made circumstances worse at an overcrowded refugee camp with the medical clinics closing. Lockdown increased the need to provide emergency provision for refugees, particularly single mothers and children. Under normal circumstances Home for All runs programmes for the young children by providing cooking and survival skills but this had come to a halt because of the lockdown. However, two programmes continued: Homeland helping those who have gained asylum to gain employment, and the farm and olive groves providing work for some refugees and good wholesome locally grown food products. It has been challenging for the Home for All volunteers to deliver to the needy because of movement restrictions, but volunteers from the camp have joined them to enable delivery.
The impact of the September fires
The fires increased the need. Home for All now provide cooked meals and the average cost is 3 euro per meal to those they can access. They have worked with the authorities to access the vulnerable – the unaccompanied children, sick and disabled children, single mothers and their families and the sick and disabled adults. This is a growing number and 1500 people. Each group needs a different diet and so tailored meals are prepared in the Home for All kitchens. Over 200 in the new camp have been diagnosed with coronavirus – that is close to 2000 per 100,000 – making it essential that the authorities apply a lockdown on the camp.
The impact of the floods
The camp has been built on land that is subject to flooding in the rainy seasons. Tents are flooded. Belongings destroyed. Life becomes harder especially for the sick and vulnerable. Nutritious food becomes even more important for these people. The need for the work of Home for All becomes even more vital.
How you can help
It's massively important that Home for All are there doing the valuable work for the refugee camp minors, their families, and the sick. They are doing a fantastic humanitarian job.
Please can you help us with your donation?
How Rotary Club of Kew Gardens plans to help
We are keen to support service projects in partnership with charities providing real support directly to people experiencing severe hardship.
For every pound that you donate The Rotary Club of Kew Gardens will match you on a pound for pound basis up to a total of £4,000 from our members and Rotary clubs in South London, Surrey and West Sussex and our worldwide charity funds.
Please contribute to this fundraising project to help people survive and feed desperate refugees at Lesbos, Greece.