We support our Greek partner, Stand By Me Lesvos, in keeping Moria and the communities of Lesvos safe. Luckily Lesvos was saved from a larger outbreak of Coronavirus this spring. However, both the camp and the whole island are still very vulnerable and could be hit at any time with devastating effect with borders reopening and lockdown restrictions easing. SBML supports and facilitates the work of 3 refugee-led groups in Moria and provides support for the vulnerable communities of Lesvos.
MORIA CORONA AWARENESS TEAM: Moria Corona Awareness Team (MCAT) was created by residents of the camp with goals to focus on the education of the communities within the camp on the importance of good hygiene and implemented a process for bottle recycling and the distribution of clean water.
Recycling: “Imagine we would have normal drinking water in the camp and not only three hours per day bad one? No need for all this plastic. But unfortunately, the water from the taps here is not drinkable.” - MCAT. The goal of the recycling project is to exchange bottles of drinking water in return for clean, empty plastic bottles to be recycled. Every day 15,000 empty plastic bottles are recycled and exchanged for 1500 bottles of cold water.
Awareness: Posters are currently hung in Moria to raise awareness about waste and recycling and proper hygiene techniques.
Upcycling: "Cars, Planes and many other things made together with the kids out of trash. This is called upcycling and they love it. We get better every day and now kids have some toys and they love toys but in this camp toys are rare. " - MCAT
MORIA WHITE HELMETS: Created over a common cause and frustration with the conditions inside camp.
Waste Removal: Waste management systems and rubbish collection points are established and maintained by MWH daily to keep Moria as clean as possible.
First Aid: with limited medical access at night and no night clinic, members of MWH and MCAT in cooperation with Stichting Bootsvluchtinge are completing training on First Aid, equipping them with life-saving skills that are desperately needed.
MORIA ACADEMIA: Offers language education for children, women, and men equipping people with the necessary skills to integrate into their new community and begin their life in new locations. The previous version of Academia was sadly lost to looting and fire over the winter months, but we have been hard at work to secure a new location and are currently in the design process.
HOW YOUR DONATIONS HELP:
We are urgently requesting donations to support projects that keep Moria safe. In May and June, Moria White Helmets and Moria Corona Awareness Team removed 100 tons of rubbish and about 400,000 empty plastic bottles from the camp. The costs associated with waste removal and water distribution is running at around 8,200€ per month. We are supporting community schools and Moria Academia at approximately 3000€ per month. A six-week course per student costs approximately 20€.