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 over 2200 refugees in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos
- At least half of them are children
- Since the beginning of 2015, nearly 1 million refugees have arrived in Europe via the Greek islands
meals and first aid items
After two months we are back in Lesbos with another medical mission. This is not to say that there was nothing happening on site during the time we were away. Over the past 70 days, the Home For All kitchen delivered over 60,000 meals to the camp. We have also been supporting the residents of Camp Moria 2.0 by supplying them with basic necessities.
Nikos and Katerina are currently the only Greeks on the island running a charity for refugees. They used to have a restaurant, now they provide free meals for refugees, and their establishment has been renamed Home for All, where people fleeing wars and humanitarian disasters can find peace and feel at home for at least a little while.
Two years ago, after meeting Nikos and Katerina, we knew that we wanted to set up another good factory with them in Lesbos. They act as the providers of our aid because, as locals, they have the best idea of what is needed most. In the past, when Nikos and Katerina’s restaurant business was booming, they were able to cook several hundred meals a day. Today they would be able to feed even more hungry mouths if only they had the funds.
One hot meal, including the cost of running the kitchen and delivering the food to the camp, is €3.5. We have been working together for over 2 years to prepare over 800 nutritious meals a day for the sick, women with children and the elderly. These people face enormous problems on a daily basis, but these cannot be resolved if they do not relieve their hunger first. Every meal you buy will extend our capabilities. The dream, of course, would be to deliver meals to everyone every day.
We support Katerina and Nikos in their fight to bring some joy to those in our care. Thanks to you, we can change another tragic life story. Join us! and Let’s prepare even more hot meals together for people whose lives are ruined just because they were born in a country that does not recognise them as equal citizens.