Love Without Borders-For Refugees

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Raised by 243 people in 48 months
After 2 1/2 years of voluntary work with the refugees in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece and Serbia, I have focused my time to work in northern Greece, where there's over 60,000 displaced refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, amongst other countries. My focus is one one particular camp, Nea Kavala, as well as a housing community where families have been taken out of the camps. I am teaching English, German and offering art sessions.

I have a vast network of friends and donors that allows me to channel clothing, art supplies and other donations mainly to Greece.
We're already experiencing very cold temperatures in the evenings and have an urgent need for winter clothes in all the camps and housing communities. I tend to vulnerable cases in the camps. We have many pregnant women and women with many children.

In addition, I am teaching people how to design jewelry and sell it to sustain basic food and clothing costs.

I sell the beautiful children's drawings and give them 100% of the proceeds so their mothers/family have money for food. All supplies I buy myself or from donated art supplies through NeedsList.

Nea Kavala - Art Without Borders
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307016992976229/

Designs Without Borders - For Refugees In Need
https://www.facebook.com/groups/981189408660375/

I am on the front lines two to three weeks a month. I have close contact with all volunteers and displaced persons and need your support.

Thank you in advance to all the many people who have supported my personal campaign. We've been able to move mountains during this most difficult time and bring some joy and love to these people that have been displaced.

With much love,

Kayra
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Recently @Love Without Borders was accepted by the Greek Ministry, along with @CHEERinGreece to organize workshops for breastfeeding and infant support with a diaper distribution to complete the day. Love Without Borders is now making this camp top priority due to the major lack of necessities for the 800+ people in the camp, which consists of many newborns and toddlers. There are no distributions in the camp and the camp is 1 1/2 hours away from the city, thus prohibiting many volunteers from assisting.

Our goal is to hold a workshop once a month with Cheers; an art workshop for the children (Ministry approval pending) and organize one distribution a month for the residents.

Our main needs for the camp are:
Diapers
Hygiene articles
Food
Clothing
In less than two weeks, I will be back to organize a large distribution of hygiene articles for each container as well as baby and toddler packs.

Spreadsheets with cost per item is available upon request.

We need your support to purchase these items in Greece:

*Hygiene packs – 180 packs are needed:
Shampoo
Toothpaste
Toothbrush -4
Hand-wipes (alcohol free)
Deo (alcohol free)

Newborn Baby Kits –
Bath towel
Blanket
Nappy cream
Diapers
Baby onesies
Baby newborn clothes set
Baby wipes
Breastfeeding pads

Toddler Kit –
Small food:plate bowl spoon cup set
Baby sip cup
First learning cutlery set
Nappy cream
Potty training set
Diapers
Blanket
Bath towel

I know the needs are insurmountable and I also know that if everyone can give a little, we can see great changes! I had a diaper distribution last month and the residents were so thankful that they haven’t been forgotten. This camps needs your donations.

We appreciate each and every donation and count on you for your support. If you’re not able to donate, please share.

Thank you in advance!
Kayra and Kids
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For several months I’ve been working behind the scenes trying to get diapers to Thiva camp. It’s about 1 1/2 hours outside of Athens, therefore, volunteers go very rarely and the residents have absolutely no distributions on a consistent basis. Thanks to Ruhi Loren for advising me of the need at this camp, Negia Milian for helping me to order and store the diapers, and my chance meeting last week to go directly to the offices of Solidarity Now to offer help.
As this is a military camp, no one is allowed in. I offered to organize a breastfeeding workshop with the wonderful Airinie H Azhar from the group:
https://www.facebook.com/1310904645735065/
which they needed so badly.
After the draft was sent in and approved by the Greek Ministry, we drove out yesterday after purchasing strollers (thank you to the 4 donors, including myself!)
We weren’t sure what the reception would be, but the women poured into the room by the dozens. We had close to 60 women and children in the room. Airinie did a wonderful job teaching them why breastmilk is so important for their babies and the health advantages. She had a slide show presentation and we had several translators for Arabic, Farsi and Kurdish. The lovely Fadi Sayde drove us out to the camp with the
Allied Aid van.
and helped me to get the diapers organized. A huge thank you to the donor Ria Houriaj Limam who gave all her birthday funds to buy us diapers in Greece. Vielen Dank, habibti! Also to
https://www.facebook.com/humanaidcollective/
For sending us a box of diapers and much needed items. Also for helping us with diapers last month! So thankful!
We also had baby clothes and some extra items for the newborns and some of the families that have no cash cards. Thank you to NYIT Department Of Nursing Medical Outreach Program: For Refugees In Need for bringing us supplies and stroller donations. You can’t imagine how happy they were to have a little extra.
I forgot to mention that we were hit by an earthquake at 5,3 on the Richter scale! After the panic and madness, we all calmed down and proceeded with the presentation and the diaper distribution afterwards, where all the ladies received diapers and some supplies.
We had many left over for the people that were in Athens and the camp has now a bit of a supply to support them.
Airini and her program will come again (approval pending) with us in August.
We will ask to prepare a hygiene kit for each family in the camp consisting of these items:
Hygiene packs
Shampoo
Toothpaste
Toothbrush -4
Hand-wipes
Sanitary pads
Deo (alcohol free)
180 packs are needed
There’s a total of 800 people in the camp.
We’re open to people sending us aid to Greece, donations to buy it locally or working with another organization to get a monthly distribution going in the camp, pending approval of the Ministry.
Due to the distance from the city to the camp, they barely leave the camp. It’s dreadful to see, but this will be my priority.
PM if you would like to discuss ways to help us.
Am grateful for all the support for yesterday. Although it was a huge undertaking, we made it happen and created change. Siga, siga.
The last resident came up to me and gave me a huge smile and said “I’m so happy for you.” This is a wonderful team effort that I hope to see happen again! To no more earthquakes and more distributions!
Thank you!
As you see, it takes a village.
Thank you Sarah Yu for connecting once again and your ❤️❤️
Please share to any organizations that maybe able to support.
Thank you also to Lisa Campbell for the soap! One thing is checked off our list already!
#Thivacantwait
Live from Greece‍♀️
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Urgent call from Greece!!
I had a meeting today with a camp outside of Athens that has an urgent need for diapers and strollers. There’s many newborns, babies and people that need support. Some are not registered and have absolutely nothing. I’ve asked for a count and allowance to do the diaper distribution next week. If we can raise the support, we can help them once a month with these items.
Please consider donating monthly even a small amount to help us help them.
I have no art events this month to support all the needs here, but hope my friends and supporters can pitch in to help. Receipts and photos will be given after the distribution.
There’s 800 people in this camp that need our support.
Thank you in advance!
Kayra
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Thank you to:
Love Without Borders - For Refugees In Need
Love Without Borders For Refugees In Need
Refugee Biriyani & Bananas
Donate4Refugees
Refugee Relief
@Refugees4Refugees
Volunteers from America, Sweden, England, Scotland, Iraq, Syria and several other countries.
We’re tired of sharing posts and sending love and prayers. We decided to take some action.
We were here a couple months ago to facilitate a mass distribution for women, so this time it’s for the men. Each person receives a T-Shirt, hoodie, socks, underwear and trousers.
Each person is given a ticket, then they’re registered in the computer so that it’s a fair and well organized distribution.
There’s over 4,000 people in Vathay camp here on Samos. The living conditions are dreadful with many people living in tents.
I spoke with a 52 year old man from Syria today, who looks about 85 years old. His future as well as his that of his families is very bleak at this point. Many people have been here for months.
We tried to do our best to spend a bit of time while waiting in the line, to tell them someone cares, that they are not forgotten.
Many people said thank you for not forgetting about them.
We do our best to keep it positive.
We have hundreds more to process.
The highlight is working with all these amazing friends from around the world that keep me motivated.
They’ve left their jobs temporarily to spend some time on the islands to prepare hundreds of clothes packs and spend hours distributing them.
Thank you Natalie Kling Ruhi Loren Saafaaldin Parthena Hantzaridou
Amber Bauer Courtney Dobbs
Dadi Moukby Djani
Simon Bragman
Love you all to the moon and back.
To donate for the items we need in the next days, please consider supporting Love Without Borders.
Thank you in advance.
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Selma Tischer
17 months ago
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Dearest Kayra, you are reaching us from all over the world, and through you, all these people that need help, but also who have so much to give! They are not a burden, but a treasure to the world. You are encouraging them to give the best of tmselves through art!

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Soozy Brockmann
44 months ago
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Fabulous job Kayra. Please stay warm & healthy! I love your updates. I'm so glad you are helping & in a way representing us back home. Im glad you are leaving people with a positive impression that there are a lot of good people that want them to feel welcomed and happy.

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Created September 4, 2015
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Irma S
6 months ago

Thank you Dima Basha for introducing me to this organization. I appreciate all that you are doing to alleviate the pain of these people, especially the little kids and bring a sliver of hope and peace in their lives.

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I appreciate and admire Kara's good heart and helping hands.

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Selma Tischer
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Dearest Kayra, you are reaching us from all over the world, and through you, all these people that need help, but also who have so much to give! They are not a burden, but a treasure to the world. You are encouraging them to give the best of tmselves through art!

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Soozy Brockmann
44 months ago
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Fabulous job Kayra. Please stay warm & healthy! I love your updates. I'm so glad you are helping & in a way representing us back home. Im glad you are leaving people with a positive impression that there are a lot of good people that want them to feel welcomed and happy.

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