In 2015, 856,000 people passed through the Greek islands, and in 2017 and 2018 only just under 30 thousand (according to UNHCR). But 2019 brought already a growth – over 60,000 newcomers. Today, boats coming to Greek beaches are back again, and practice shows that you can get stuck in Lesbos for a good few years. Nikos and Katerina run a small restaurant on the island, where every refugee can feel at home and eat a meal for free.
- There are currently about 27,000 refugees in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
- 3 000 of those are orphaned children and adolescents.
- Since the beginning of 2015, nearly 1 million refugees have arrived in Europe via the Greek islands
The Greek refugee center run by Katerina and Nikos, Home for All, which we partnered with last month, has been thriving. We already have new equipment in the kitchen, thanks to which we can prepare even more meals at once. Only yesterday we managed to prepare a total of 700 meals! We’ve launched cooking courses for young people from the camp in Moria in which they learn essential culinary skills. They also become acquainted with the ins and outs of a professional kitchen and learn how to work in a team. We offer them the opportunity to compelte training under the guidance of professional chefs, who are willing to put in a recommendation to help them get a job at a restaurant. For those who are stuck on the island with no hope of ever leaving the camp, this serves as a light in the tunnel, a chance that someone will notice them.
Currently at Home for All is Julio, a chef from Spain, who is preparing delicious calzones with our students. In addition to having fun, these adolescents also feel proud knowing that the delicious food they prepared will be taken to section A of the camp to feed children whose parents’ fates are unknown.
There are now more than 13,000 refugees in Moria. More than 1,000 are children and young people unaccompanied by parents or guardians. At Home for All, we want to offer them a semblance of normalcy. We are now preparing for winter. Thanks to Katerina and Nikos’ efforts, the camp’s residents receive food, clothes, sleeping bags and necessities. We always try to reach those in need with help tailored to them. Some need to be fed, some need to develop professional skills. Others just need a place to relax from the stress of the camp – they can do that in the home we created for them with Katerina and Nikos.