Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos

by Movement on The Ground
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos
Give solar power to refugees on Lesvos

Hi everyone!

Firstly, we would like to provide you with the current situation we are facing: everyday more and more refugees are arriving on the island of Lesvos. Currently all the camps are operating beyond their maximum capacity: there are 13,000 people in Moria, 4,000-5,000 in Olive Grove of which 1,000 are unaccompanied minors and children. 

As winter fast approches solar panels are of significant importance to the refugees on the island. The solar panels generate electricity to keep the refugees warm and out of the dark. We are currently able to provide the existing isoboxes on the camp with enough electicity. We hope that the battery packs will be stored with light energy that will be of enough use for the winter months ahead. 

Due to the continuous arrival of more and more refugees, we are looking to expand our project on Giving Solar powered electricity. We need your help to do this! We have the team of volunteers to be able to support this expansion. We are now looking for funding to help support this expansion, as we believe this is where the needs are most!

With gratitude for your support,

Team Movement on The Ground

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Our electricity team cleaning the solar panels!
Our electricity team cleaning the solar panels!

Hello everyone!

We are writing you from a very sunny and very hot Lesvos. Since our last update in April, summer has truly begun on the Greek islands; days are longer and temperatures higher, sometimes even reaching 38 degrees. This means we face challenges that are different from the winter months, but no less difficult. Firstly, the residents of the Kara Tepe and Olive Grove CampUs do not have air-conditioning in their tents, so that they are vulnerable to overheating. Secondly, they spend more time outdoors, where it is slightly cooler than in the tents, but which also leaves them exposed to the scorching sun.  

To prepare for these challenges, we held a Summerization campaign over the past few months. We built shading areas, installed special mist systems (similar to the ones being used at festivals!) that spray tiny water droplets and thereby create cool-spots, and distributed electric fans. Since the mist systems and electric fans are powered by our solar panels, it is incredibly important that the panels function properly. 

That is why the resident electricity team has been busy cleaning, fixing, and, if necessary, replacing all the solar panels in the Kara Tepe CampUs. Those in the Olive Grove CampUs are up next! This is part of a larger plan to renovate and expand the solar power program, which you can read more about in our last project report and/or in our program outline under the GlobalGiving Story section. 

Another part of this larger plan is to install 7 new solar panels in the Olive Grove CampUs. The need for installing more panels that can provide residents with the electricity to light their homes, turn on their fans, and charge their phones, is especially high now that we have started housing more people in our Olive Grove CampUs. However, we have not had sufficient funds to do so. We are still in need of about €19.000, and we hope you will once again help us raise that money. 

Each of your donations to our solar power program, impacts the lives of our CampUs residents in a profound way. It gives them access to power, light, and – of vital importance during these summer months – a place to cool off. So once again, thank you! 

With warm regards and gratitude,

the Movement on the Ground team

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Hello everyone!

With this report, we would like to give you an update on our solar power program on Lesvos, Greece. As always: we thank you for your kind contribution and hope to continue inspiring you with our projects.

What happened so far?

With your support, we were able to build 32 solar panel stations in the Kara Tepe CampUs, and 10 solar panel stations in the Olive Grove CampUs. These power the street lighting and provide 260 families with energy. We also trained three of our CampUs residents to take care of the stations as part of a special electricity team. This has already made a profound difference, but we want to do more!

What is coming up?

We are happy to announce that in the coming months we will renovate and expand the solar power program. Our aim is to create an accessible, reliable and sustainable energy source for every resident of the Kara Tepe and Olive Grove CampUs. That means that the solar panels should be available 24 hours a day, the whole year round, to all 2.000 CampUs residents.                                                   

How will we achieve this?

In the Kara Tepe CampUs, we will replace the solar panels in 15 stations. Many of the old panels are broken or do not efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. The new panels on the other hand, can use less hours of sunshine to provide more families with energy. By replacing the old panels in the existing 15 stations, we can extend the solar power program to a larger number of residents of the Kara Tepe CampUs. 

In the Olive Grove CampUs, we will install 7 new solar panels. The panels will supplement the 10 stations that arealready located hereand power the CampUs’ street lighting. They will serve a different function however; the new panels will power the lights, heating and electricity sockets inside the residents’ homes. This is something we havenot been able to provide to the families of the Olive Grove CampUs before. That is why we are very eager to start the upscale of the solar power program!

What do we need?

Considering we are planning the renovation and expansion of the solar power program; we have also drafted an updated program outline with the project’s goal, impact and needed budget. You can find the updated program plan on GlobalGiving. To make this plan a reality, we need to raise €21.000 in the next months. 

Your (financial) contributions - whether big or small - have helped to set up our solar power program, and we hope you will once again support us as we work to develop it even further!  

 

With warm regards and gratitude,

Team Movement on the Ground

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Hello everyone!

First off, we would like to wish you all a 2019 that is happy, healthy, peaceful, and full of light! 

We celebrated the holidays on Lesvos with the residents of Kara Tepe and the Olive Grove, as well as the local Greek people. It was wonderful to see the two communities come together like this, and it has given us lots of energy and motivation to continue our work in 2019!  

With the holidays, winter also arrived in Lesvos. We have had some very bad weather, and the rain, wind, and cold, made (and still make) our electricity provision challenging. On the one hand, residents spend more time in their homes and turn up the heating whilst they are inside, which makes the demand for our solar panels even higher than usual. On the other hand, the solar panels have a lower capacity because there are fewer sunshine hours in a day. But we are working extra hard to keep the electrical network running!  

At the moment, we have 12 general solar panel stations in Kara Tepe. Here, these stations provide 260 families with energy 24 hours a day. This means they can light their homes and charge their phones whenever they need. We have additional stations – 20 in Kara Tepe, 10 in the Olive Grove South – to power the camps’ street lighting, so that people can still go to the bathroom even if it gets dark. The solar panels then, give the residents a sense of independence and security. 

That is why it is incredibly important that we take good care of the solar panels. We do this together with our residents, who have been trained as part of a special electricity team. They are the embodiment of our larger philosophy: the refugee camp as a self-sustaining community managed by the residents themselves. We are hoping to keep fostering such a community by placing more solar panels in the future. We could then provide every home in Kara Tepe and the Olive Grove South with its own solar panel, and have the panel not only light, but heat the homes of our residents too. For that, we continue to need your support!

Our solar panels are powered by your donations, so on behalf of us and all the residents of Kara Tepe and the Olive Grove South, thank you! 

Team Movement on the Ground

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Hi everyone!

We would like to provide you firstly with the current situation we are facing: 

Kara Tepe is still housing a maximum capacity of 1250 refugees, of whom are the most vulnerable on the island such as sick, elderly, familes, women and children. 

Despite operating at full capacity, the situation on Kara Tepe is considerably under control in the sense that there are minimum incidents or tensions, in comparison to other camps on the island. In regards to the solar power, we are currently able to provide the existing isoboxes on the camp with enough electicity. We hope that the batter packs will be stored with light energy that will be of enough use for the winter months ahead.

Moria camp on the other hand, is a camp neaby with a capacity of roughly 2300 people. This camp actually hosts over 8000 people which is an all time high. The siutation there is extremely dire, with riots, mental health issues, lack of basic needs and by no means are people provided with a dignified environment to live in. We are looking to expand our project on Giving Solar powered electricity to families to the OLIVE GROVE which is a subsection of Moria camp. We need your help to do this! 

We have the team of volunteers to be able to support this expansion. We are now looking for funding to help support this expansion, as we believe this is where the needs are most! 

With gratitude for your support,

Team Movement on The Ground

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