Weʼre raising £800 to to help fund projects run by non-profit, humanitarian organisation, Movement on the Ground working in refugee camps on the island of Lesvos
- London, UK
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This September I will be travelling to the Greek island of Lesvos to volunteer with Movement on the Ground (MotG) in the refugee camps that they run projects in there for three weeks.
Lesvos lies across from Turkey and serves as an entry point into Greece and then further into Europe. When the founders of MOTG first came to Lesvos in October 2015, the arrivals, in just that month alone, grew to be 135,000 people. Of the 660,000 refugees that arrived in Europe between January and November 2015, over half (379,000 people to be exact) arrived via Lesvos. The average arrival rate on November 2015 was 3,300 people a day!! The number of refugees arriving by boat to Lesvos from Turkey drastically decreases in 2016 year due to the EU-Turkey deal (which was set up to curb the influx of refugees entering Europe and the closure of the so-called Balkan route) which came into force in March 2016. However almost a year later, refugee arrivals on Lesvos surged again and today, despite the waned media coverage, hundreds are arriving each month.
If you're interested, this is an absolutely fantastic documentary film, TRANSIT, that tells powerful and intimate stories of young refugees who risked their lives crossing the Aegean Sea to Europe, only to become stuck in Moria Camp on Greece’s Lesvos Island with no future and closed borders.
MotG are a foundation responding to a humanitarian crisis affecting the innocent men, women and children forced from their homes by climate change, poverty and war. They identify needs not being met and aim to fill these needs by activating a network of logistical, financial and structural partners to provide these needs thoroughly and without hesitation. Their mission is to deliver a more dignified, sustainable, and innovative response to the refugee crisis in Europe. They believe that refugee camps should be more inclusive, more self-sustaining and providing refugees with a better quality of life and adaptation process to their new environments. With collaborative efforts with interested corporations, other charities, refugees, volunteers, and donations, they are activating a network that re-defines the global refugee camps.
Where possible MotG strives to introduce innovations in the field of energy and environment to the humanitarian response as a whole. They believe that by protecting and contributing to local economies and environments it lessens the lasting impact of a crisis and creates an atmosphere of community. They want to give refugees back their independence so that they can feel empowered and in charge of their own situation.
Some of their current projects in the camp include:
The Giving Food Truck was one of the first initiatives of MOTG. It is a mobile food truck, with that capacity to make 10,000 meals a day. it’s a fully installed industrial kitchen - one of the largest food trucks in Europe. It is volunteer run and we sources local ingredients to help support local economy. We use it to fill the food gaps in the camp. To allow for More nutritious food, flavours from home, cooking with help from the community. ● Specifically what we do is to : prepare and making food for camp residents.
Solar Panel installations, our goal is to create a self sustaining camp in terms of energy. As part of our mission to bring back dignity to refugee’s this is one way to do so, giving them independence in terms of having their own power source to bring light into their homes, charge phones and computers, etc. ● Specifically what we do is to: install solar panels on each prefab house in the camp so that each family has their own power source.
Community Center is an area of social encounters and community building. It is an area that is used for various activities, such as women activities and kids activities. It is shaded in the summer, and dry and warm in winter. Our role has been to both finance and physically help build the centre. ● Specifically what we do is: organize daily kids activities, evening cinema, cookies and conversation, fun evening gatherings, community meetings, women’s empowerment activities, dancing and relaxation activities. These activities may vary depending on popularity.
Football program for youth , thanks to a grant from World Street Football an umbrella organisation of UEFA we run a football program for the youth of Kara Tepe camp. This program is run by a coach and by our volunteers. Our aim with the program is not only to provide an opportunity for children to release energy but also to come together and socialise and to learn life lessons through the sport. ● Specifically what we do is to: give football trainings 4 times a week to kids between the ages of 7-17 years old.
Without essential fundraising, the activities and projects MotG have on a daily basis cannot continue. So often we are aware of the situations of people like those trapped indefinitely on Lesvos and the circumstances from which they have fled but we turn a blind eye. If there's any chance you would like to donate as little or as generously as you can, to Movement on the Ground via this page, it will be going to a very good and needed cause.
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Aug 3, 2018
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Jul 29, 2018
Good luck, Zoe... so great to see you doing this. I am sure you will make a difference to these people’s lives.
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