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The current displacement crisis of humanity in Greece is ever-changing yet certainly seeming to not change simultaneously.
Currently, refugee-filled boats that find their way into Greek waters, having departed from Turkish coasts, are usually intercepted by international coast surveillance ships. They are then escorted to land. From there the new arrivals are moved to the closest island reception camp or detention camp. Many are then moved to a ‘transient’ camp on the mainland.
The EU-Turkey Deal of March 2016 and the subsequent transfer of most refugees from Greek islands to Greece’s mainland ‘relocation camps’ has altered the entire situation.
There are more then 62,000 refugees and migrants currently waiting amidst the slow asylum application process in Greece, more than half of them are women and children. There are camps on several islands as well as many throughout the mainland. Most of these refugees have been living in these camps for over a year. And it makes little difference if a resident was a physician, an artist, a college professor or a baker. This is a dehumanizing condition of the camps, and sorely inadequate European and Greek government’s unified plan of action, and, sadly, a lack of education opportunity for an entire generation.
Transient’ camp, Greece, woman prepares fire for cooking… with plastic bottles for fuel.
ArtLife Society, through Lesvos Refugee Project, adapts our support as refugee displacement continues, both on Lesvos and now expanded to relocation housing and ‘hot spots’ within Greece.
Our scope of service has been Ritsona, a ‘transient’ camp for more than 700 people and other camps in the Athens area. Donations have also supplied goods sent to Idomeni, refugees who were suddenly stuck at the closed border to Macedonia until being dispersed to other locations in northern Greece. At times we partner with other known and trusted volunteer groups to meet a current need in another camp. On Lesvos, where boats continue to arrive, we will continue to monitor the needs of the Karakas lighthouse watch and beach clean up endeavors.
Additionally, where possible, we find ways to boost the Greek economy, and help those who are doing their best, with their own referendum challenges, to find stability during this time of refugee influx.
How your Donation Makes a Difference
Currently, donations are applied to one of three categories.
We carefully search out wholesalers with best prices for needed goods, usually WITHIN GREECE, for items needed. By maintaining close contact with camp coordinators, we keep abreast of current needs, avoiding impractical, unwanted or duplicate donation items. Where applicable, we maintain reorders. *Having on-the-ground presence in Greece, working in the camps, further ensures that every dollar of donation money is used wisely, with thrift and efficiency a priority.
When the need has been determined, we partner with individuals, teams, or organizations who are working toward care and wellbeing amidst this crisis situation, whether via medical, rescue, child protection, education, environmental or nutrition programs.
3. Volunteer support
Lesvos Refugee Project remains ready to give support to qualified volunteers who choose to volunteer in any number of ‘hot spot’ or ‘relocation’ camp areas in Greece.
For more specific information on Lesvos Refugee Project activity or volunteer inquiries, please contact us.
Lesvos Refugee Project/ ArtLife Society Buzz
January 27, 2017 - Director's Report for 2016
August 22, 2016 - Fairfield Humanitarian Describes Time in Greece - Burlington Hawkeye
June 23, 2016 - Up Close and Personal - The Fairfield Ledger
May 9, 2016 Blog Post: Walking My Talk: Navigational Change
May 5, 2016 Blog Post: When is Solidarity Solidarity?
April 12, 2016 Blog Post: Today’s words: Fluctuating and Indescribable: Lesvos Update
March 31, 2016 Blog Post: When stillness isn't so still: Lesvos Update
November 3, 2015 Fundraising Update
November 2, 2015 - The Fairfield Ledger
October 29, 2015 - Fairfield Weekly Reader
October 9, 2015 - Update on Lesvos Refugee Project
September 26, 2015 - Message from Stacey - Fundraising Effort for Molyvox, Lesvos, Greece
September 11, 2015 - The Fairfield Ledger