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Jul 27, 2018

Feeding refugee children this summer

Living conditions of child refugees in Greece
Living conditions of child refugees in Greece

This isn’t about supplying luxuries, or ‘nice-to-haves’. It’s about the bare essentials of life.

Last month, we supplied 12,000 people across Greece with food. Working with our remarkable local Greek partners, we ensured many refugees in camps or sleeping rough were able to eat well. But as Greece drops off the media’s radar, providing funds for these basics is getting harder.

Due to a huge number in new arrivals in Greece, thousands of refugees are not registered and therefore are not receiving any services from the state. Our program fills this gap, providing immediate assistance to those who need it most. We distribute hot meals to those who don't have access to cooking facilities, and fresh fruit and veg with dry food for people who can cook. 

Please share this report. Please don’t allow some of the most vulnerable people in Europe to go without.

#Chooselove and donate today.

With love from the Help Refugees team x

2 girls in Greece after their meal
2 girls in Greece after their meal
Potato peeling for a hot meal for refugees
Potato peeling for a hot meal for refugees
Volunteer with fresh fruit and veg packs
Volunteer with fresh fruit and veg packs

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May 2, 2018

Emergency response - refugees arriving in Greece

Volunteers setting up new refugee camp
Volunteers setting up new refugee camp

Refugees arriving in Greece urgently need our support

Refugees fleeing war and persecution are continuing to make their way to Greece. In the last month alone we saw a huge increase in new arrivals, with over 3000 vulnerable refugees crossing Greece’s northern land border with Turkey. It is a long and dangerous journey across a river, and the majority making the journey are women and children. For the first time this month, the land arrivals surpassed those by sea.

For refugees arriving in northern Greece, conditions are dismal. Many, including children, are kept in detention centres with little to no support. Camps are overcapacity and resources are overstretched.

Our volunteers and partner organisations are working non-stop on the ground responding to the emergency needs. They are welcoming families with urgently-needed food, purchased with your generous donations; they’re helping to open new refugee camps and ensuring these tired new arrivals receive the essentials of life.

Above is a photo of volunteers who were asked to help set up one of these new camps. As the first group on-site, they worked day and night to ensure the first 140 new arrivals received a warm welcome.

After a long journey, they greeted these tired new arrivals with the basics of life: groceries, hygiene products, bed sheets, kitchen sets, nappies, and a gift for each of the children.

Camps aren't a long-term solution to increasing numbers of refugees in Greece. But while they're needed, we're proud to support groups that are working hard to make things better.

For any family, healthy, nutritious food is essential. But at the moment, it’s sorely lacking in camps across Greece. Please help us ensure that refugees across Greece have access to this basic necessity

Thank you for all of your support. Love from the Help Refugees team x

Little girl choosing love
Little girl choosing love
Fresh parsley for hot food for new refugees
Fresh parsley for hot food for new refugees
Fresh fruit and vegetables delivery
Fresh fruit and vegetables delivery

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Feb 8, 2018

Thank you for supporting the Food Project | Over 8,000 people reached | Help Refugees

Two girls cooking in Larissa camp in Greece
Two girls cooking in Larissa camp in Greece

Who do we provide food for in Greece?

Across 15 camps, 5 housing projects and 4 community kitchens, we distribute over 100,000 meals to 4,000+ refugees every month.

We also provide 10,400 fresh fruit and veg packages to 4 camps and 3 housing projects, serving over 2,600 people every day.

Thanks to your donation, in December alone 4,843 people received dry food packages and 3,423 people received regular vegetable and fruit provisions. 

The Food Project first started nearly two years ago. We saw that people living in camps didn’t have access to enough nutritious food. As the number of people in Greece in need of support grew, so did the project.

Thanks to your support we have been able to continue providing people with the most basic of needs. But during the winter months, the people we support need food more than ever to stay healthy and warm. If you are able to make another donation to the food project today, it will make all the difference tomorrow. Just $10 can buy fresh fruit & veg for a family for a whole week.

 

Delicious fruit and veg distribution
Delicious fruit and veg distribution

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