With your support, we improve the daily lives of displaced persons in Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This newsletter presents a short summary of our work in the past month. Thank you for reading and following our work!
A Drop in the Ocean - 6 years
Friday 21 August 2015, the Facebook group “Dråpen i Havet” (A Drop in the Ocean) was created. Since then, A Drop in the Ocean has organised 7500 field assignments with volunteers from 70 countries. After six years, we would like to thank everyone who was contributed, both in the field and from afar. Happy birthday! To all drops!
Our work continues despite fires and changes in the situation for displaced persons in Greece. On Lesvos, we wash clothes for all residents in the temporary camp Kara Tepe in collaboration with the organisation The Dirty Girls of Lesvos. In July alone, we washed a total of 18 672 kilos of clothes.
In the last couple of months, our team on Samos has been working on preparing and organising a distribution to residents over 18 years in the Vathy refugee camp. With the support of donors and partners, including the organisations Refugees4Refugees and Choose Love, we were able to offer packages with summer clothes at the end of July. The packages included shorts, caps, sunglasses, sneakers, and flip-flops. In total, we distributed around 15 000 items of clothing and pairs of shoes to camp residents.
In northern Greece, we organise activities and distributions for residents in Nea Kavala refugee camp. We had a total of 160 visitors to our activities within the programme area community empowerment mobilisation in July, of which 62 were women. For activities within the programme aera non-formal education, we had a total of 385 visitors in the same period.
Our work in Athens in collaboration with the organisation Caritas is now well underway. In the past month, our focus has been registering participants to our various activities and finding out to best organise our work to support displaced persons in the Greek capital, following the closure of Skaramagas refugee camp. In the mornings we organise English and IT courses at beginner level, while we, in the afternoon, arrange various recreational activities for men, women, children and youth.
We continue to organise computer courses and distributions to the residents in the Ušivac refugee camp outside Sarajevo, mainly families with young children. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, we have succeeded, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in attracting more female participants to our activities.
Volunteer field worker Luca has written about our work in the temporary refugee camp Kara Tepe on Lesvos. In his blog post he writes about what it is like being and working in the camp, the people there and how many superheroes there are.
We are so pleased that you continue to donate, follow, and spread the word about our work for displaced persons. We do not receive any public funding and are therefore dependent on private support and donations to help as many people as possible. When supporting A Drop in the Ocean, you can be sure that your contribution will reach the people who need it the most. Together, we can make a difference.