When we start our efforts to support the most vulnerable, even invisible people to society, affected by the pandemic consequences, we knew that our work would be both difficult and necessary.
Our endeavor has been strengthened by all of you that have offered your help generously.
You can support our campaign here.
What we have done so far
As we have, already, announced since the very beginning of this crisis we are trying to map down the people’s problems, in cooperation with the refugee and migrant communities. We have bought 220 vouchers of 10 and 20 euros in collaboration with a supermarket and we gave the opportunity to families and individuals to buy what they need, prioritizing their own needs.
At the same time we have implemented a system of distributing material assistance at home with the support of volunteers, whom we warmly thank, complying with all health measures as defined by the Greek State, as well as the World Health Organization.
The needs and the problems that come up
From the home distribution process, but also from our cooperation with the refugee and migrant communities, we have noticed that more needs and problems arise.
Many people need medical care. In many cases, in fact, we observe a lack of even painkillers or thermometers. The main problem, however, remains the housing issue. Many people who have acquired the refugee status will be forced to leave, by the end of May, either the camps or the houses in which they are accommodated under some housing project, while at the same time they are loosing access to the cash card assistance.
Moreover, in other apartments many families are forced to stay together (in some cases even 30 people in one house), which poses many risks. In addition, many refugees have temporarily hosted many homeless people during this health crisis. After the end of this first wave of the pandemic, many people are in danger of being left on the street soon.
At the same time we have observed an increase in cases of domestic violence. The forced confinement during the pandemic, especially in the living conditions of refugees and migrants, has exacerbated stress and anxiety, which has a very bad effect on all members of the family, even more so on the children themselves.
Finally, one of the ongoing and major problems we are trying to address is the lack of access to information. Especially in this difficult time for all of us and given that this is a public health crisis, proper information is more necessary than ever.
We continue our efforts to properly inform people about health issues and more.
We continue our efforts to make visible the problems of invisible people.
You are our most important supporters!