We have built a female-friendly shower space for displaced women and their children living in the worst refugee camp in Europe - Moria, on Lesvos. The demand is huge and large groups of women want to come to our space every day. So far, we have no safe way to transport groups of women and girls to the project from Moria camp. We need to raise $10,000 to purchase and insure a van with nine seats. https://vimeo.com/276081646 Funds will also be used for running costs and maintenance.
Women living in Moria have scarce access to running water, no washing machines, and frequently get attacked in the bathrooms. As a result, skin diseases such as scabies and fungi are rampant. Currently, women have to walk over one hour from Moria camp to our center, many of whom carry babies or have injuries and disabilities. Large groups of women try and come to our center every day, and would squeeze into our tiny car with children on their lap if they could, which is both unsafe and illegal.
A bus would allow us to set specific pick up times and bring large groups to our center where they can wash in a safe and dignified environment. We provide 6 showers and 6 washing machines. We will be able to take referrals from clinics for whole families affected by infections and skin diseases.
We aim to be able to provide up to 250 showers per day. We want to offer the women a safe space, with medical facilities offering to screen and treatment for diseases like scabies and body lice, helping to stop these spreading further through the camps. We will also work towards referring women with health and family problems towards the right health facilities and social workers.