“Today we have again served a dozen or so meals too few,” complained Fahim in July, “and yet we are about to feed not 200 but nearly 800 needy people!”
Tents that keep changing location, families that keep moving, and those torn apart by refusal of asylum – there is not a single stable thing in the refugee camp in Lesbos. That’s why it’s so important to us that at least that one hot, healthy meal a day is something that those in need can always count on. But how can this be done in the face of the camp’s chaos, which resounds in three different languages and information gets lost in the maze of change?
You have faced the challenge with us and together we have created an app that will enable volunteers to provide help in a precise manner. We now know exactly who and where we should visit. There is no risk of making a mistake!
We already have the tool, but in view of the rising exchange rate of the euro, we fear that there will simply not be enough meals – the most essential ones, for pregnant women, ailing seniors and young children, for whom camp catering is not enough, or even makes them ill. Every day, Home for All volunteers look into the eyes of mothers who would give anything for their children to eat fresh vegetables. They would give anything to no longer have to ask for painkillers for children whom the camp diet simply harms.
The volunteers also visit diabetics and seniors suffering from hypertension who, deprived of access to medication, may see diet as their only hope of survival.
“I walk around the camp and ask myself whether I would have survived even a month here. I think about the diet, the sanitary conditions, the access to medical care. And I have doubts- and yet this could have happened to me and my family if I had been born in a different place,” says Kasia, our analyst, who is working on the app in the camp.
The food we distribute through Home for All is not just a meal. It is a small taste of stability and security for those who have lost everything in life. It’s warmth when a family can sit down to a meal together. It’s one more day for those who have been given the harshest sentence by the lack of access to medicines.
Please donate one meal. Black Friday is around the corner and we will all succumb to the discounted shopping frenzy. If you can afford it – please also think of those who are no longer expecting anything – no gadget, electronic equipment or toy. All they want is for their families to survive the harsh camp conditions. Conditions in which one meal a day is by no means guaranteed. Give them lunch and make sure that no one in need goes hungry tomorrow!