Southeast Europe has been hit with a massive cold spell in the past days, putting an additional burden on those people already suffering the most: refugees and the homeless.
There are still refugees stuck in these conditions without adequate shelter and supplies many of who cannot access the state-run camps because they fear deportation. Our aim is to close these gaps by helping those who fall through the cracks of the system.
There are three parts to this effort:1. Expanding the support for people living in abandoned buildings in Thessaloniki.
Together with refugee volunteers, we've been supplying homeless refugees and locals with food and other aid on a daily basis for the past months. Now we need additional support to deal with the harsh weather conditions. Check out AlJazeera's coverage of our work from the 9th of January: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXuh7xZW_E0 2. Setting up a rapid response team to deal with emergencies.
Together with other volunteer organisations, we're responding to non-medical emergencies in all refugee camps and inofficial sites in reach. Even in camps, electricity and heating break down on a regular basis or basic supplies are lacking. We aim to cover any such emergencies. 3. Supporting our partners to serve hot food in Belgrade
Our partners Hot Food Idomeni are providing hot, nutritious food to refugees in the streets of Belgrade. We support them to serve more food to more people.
Note: we source as many supplies as possible from the two main volunteer warehouses in the area. Funds are being used to buy food and supplies that are urgently needed and otherwise unavailable.