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Moria Camp Lesvos - New recycling system set up by refugees themselves

A project from Travel for Smiles e.V.
in Mythilini, Greece

A self-organised refugee group need support to set up new recycling infrastructure in Moria camp, Lesvos. The team of volunteers will collect separated recyclables from camp residents as well as raising awareness for the environment.

Dominik Metzger
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About this project

Hi everyone, this is a call for support for a new environmental project in Moria camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece.

As ShredUp, we have already established a successful small-scale plastic recycling centre in Halabja, Iraqi Kurdistan (ShredUp).  Our partners, the refugee organisation Moria White Helmets (Facebook) want to set up a similar system in the camp on Lesvos in close collaboration with the waste department of the municipality to drastically cut down on the amount of waste ending up in landfill or worse, the ocean. At the moment there are around 1200 residents in Moria camp which leads to a consumption of over 10,000 plastic water bottles per week as there currently is no other reliable source for clean drinking water.

Refugee participation and self-management are fundamental, assuming a respect for the capabilities of refugees and the belief that, as human beings, they have the right to control their own lives.” - UNHCR

The Project:
Multiple recyclable waste collection bins are to be placed throughout the camp to gather plastic and aluminium.  Twenty Moria White Helmets (MWH) team members will be responsible for collecting the contents of the bins and will also take the lead role in raising awareness in the camp. Instead of perpetuating a culture of depending on NGOs, we would like to support, with your donation, a self-organised refugee group who take matters into their own hands. 100% of the money raised through this crowd funder will go directly to installing the new recycling infrastructure in the camp (e.g., €300 for a collection bin fabricated on site) as well as covering costs such as transportation, PPE items for the team, awareness posters and signage. Each of the twenty team members also receive a small stipend every week to help them cover their living costs.

Who are the Moria White Helmets?
They have already been doing a great job over the past two years not only by ensuring the camp is kept clean, but also various places outside of the camp. They maintain the electrical supply and have set up a workshop where people can fix their things; they even set up and run a school for the children in the camp. This group have greatly improved living conditions for everyone in camp, regardless of nationality.

Our partners:
Wadi is a German-Iraqi NGO which has implemented self-help programs since 1992 in the Middle East. They also have been providing much support for ShredUp and helped to establish the MWH in 2020.

Ariadni Lesvos is a Greek registered NGO based on Lesvos who have been supporting the MWH on the ground as well as running a community centre in the city which provides a safe space for women. 
 
Please consider donating some money to this cause and please help us share this call far and wide! 

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A self-organised refugee group need support to set up new recycling infrastructure in Moria camp, Lesvos. The team of volunteers will collect separated recyclables from camp residents as well as raising awareness for the environment.

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betterplace.org is the largest German donation platform. Since 2007 we have been helping people, aid organizations and companies to do good. All projects on betterplace.org are non-profit. Since we ourselves also do not work for profit, our platform is free of charge for the projects.
2007founded
12,500non-profit organisations
185m €for a good cause
Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (Logo)