In a few days, it will be three years since the Good Factory started a project on the Greek island of Lesbos. During this time everything has changed here. The Moria camp, where we started our work, has burnt down and the new one, which was supposed to be temporary, has become a home for many for years. The number of its inhabitants and their needs are changing. The opportunities to help are also changing.
What doesn’t change are the people who conceived the project, who in their heads created it and, through years of changing circumstances, continue to do their best to be close to those most in need. Katerina and Nikos always have their heads full of ideas. When plan A fails, they have plan B, C and D up their sleeves. When they cannot enter through the door, they enter through the window. With every penny you donate to this project, more people are fed, see doctors, learn a trade, find a job and, after a while, know that they are safe and never stop being grateful.
In addition to meals and basic aid parcels, we have created a school for children and adults in the camp, School for All, and far beyond the camp, a job-giving project, Home Village. It’s a few hectares of land where, at the beginning of the year, we started planting olive trees, avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, and aubergines. Thanks to the work the refugees get here, it has become beautiful, colourful and full of vegetables and fruit. The crops, of course, end up in the kitchen, which feeds not only the people in the camp, but also the most disadvantaged Greeks on Lesbos. Just think how gratifying it is to see a man who himself needed help a few years ago reaching the coast of a Greek island, and today, with his work helping the people of the old continent, wants to repay the debt of gratitude for the hospitality and the opportunity given to him to grow.
The situation on the island is changing and we are changing with it. The most important thing is that we are still there, where our commitment is needed most. Now it is no longer just a hot meal, but securing jobs and a future for these people that is our goal. You know this philosophy well, as we are doing very similar things in Burkina Faso. If you can, and we know that it is becoming increasingly difficult for everyone, donate to these people at least part of what you could afford in the past. Every penny makes a difference. No donation is too small.