Dear GlobalGiving and supporters of our Syrian Women Empowerment Program,
I hope this project update frinds you well!
We are carrying out with our daily activities on Kara Tepe Camp. The winter months have passed through with us holding our breaths for the deep winter cold to hit, however now we are already experiencing some warm sunshine. This does come at a cost - boat arrivals of refugees are now at an all-time high from the past 2 years since the EU-Turkey deal. To give an idea:
Kara Tepe camp is at full capacity of 1200 residents (capacity of 1200 residents)
Moria camp is at full capacity with 5500 residents (capacity of 1800)
The camps in Athens are full - and just on Tuesday alone, we received 300 new people on the island from boat arrivals. Boat arrivals are increasing on a daily basis and together with other NGO's we are holding our breath to see how the island will be able to accomodate this surge in terms of responding to needs.
This does increase tensions as well as the response's capacities from organisations on the island.
The means that there is a large influx of new families and Syrian women on Kara Tepe Camp. We have worked hard to make sure that they are aquainted with our projects and also that they know about our activities. We have made sure to send out flyers informing them of the activities so that they can join. So far - they have shown great enthusiasm especially with activities such as 'cookies and conversations' and also with community cooking, and with ladies night where they dance together to a variety of cultural music.
We are hoping to continue accomodating these new ladies and influx of new residents into the activities as well as possible - and hope that there will not be too high of an increase in new boat arrivals as the capacity is currently full. If the boats continue to arrive then we will be continuing to need as much help as possible in other areas and support!
Thank you very much for your support in this great project to activate Syrian women together on Kara Tepe so far through our current running activities.
Team Movement on The Ground