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 7 000 refugees in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos
- At least 2,000 of them are children under the age of 10
- Since the beginning of 2015, nearly 1 million refugees have arrived in Europe via the Greek islands
meals and first aid items
The fire at Moria forced its residents to, yet again, flee danger. They have lost everything. Our biggest priority is to clothe and provide protection from the cold and wet weather. This is currently the most urgent need.
It’s been a while since the fire at Moria – enough time has passed that attention has waned, and the crisis is no longer front-page news. As a result, it seems that the 12,000 people currently housed in the much smaller temporary camp will be stuck there for years. We won’t forget about them and are on our way to Lesbos to provide immediate help.
The weather in Greece is about to turn rainy and cold, while the camp’s location in a windy area makes the conditions even worse. Katerina and Nikos need our help. Raincoats and warm clothes are essential items. Without the right protection, people will be exposed to cold, windy and wet weather and at risk of getting seriously ill.
In just a few days, we will send a special transport from Poland. Everything has been set up. We will buy 1,000 raincoats, warm coats and shoes. For just 25 PLN we can buy one raincoat to help one person survive the difficult weather conditions. We need 1,000 kind individuals to donate 25 PLN, or just 500 willing to buy two raincoats. Help us provide the bare minimum of protection for people deprived of a home, country and prospects for a future.
We will be on the ground in two weeks and will report back to you on how your donations are making a difference. In the meantime, help us spread the message to as many people as possible. Please share on social media and make sure you let your connections know what you are doing to help – we believe good deeds deserve to be bragged about!
Are you willing to help out?