Hope Cafe Athens

£25,786 of £30,000 goal

Raised by 322 people in 46 months
Created October 13, 2015



My name is Kerrie Williams maiden name Kerrie Moor . I live in worcester with my husband and 3 boys.
Last December I left my home after seeing the horrific photos of the little boy Aylan washed up on Bodrum beach and went to volunteer for a month on Lesvos Island in Greece.
I worked with a then grassroots organisation ,Better Days For Moria. We established an 800 person capacity camp on an Olive Grove at the side of the Islands Hotspot from scratch. Thousands of hungry refugees were fed, cared for and supplied with everything they needed before they continued their journey towards the Baltic Route most of them heading for the security Europe offered.
On March the 18th an agreement between the EU and Turkey was made which changed the face of every refugees future. Many that arrived after the 20th March are still there.
While governments continue to support Assads bombing of children and infrastructure in Syria..its volunteers that ensure they feel loved and cared for. Their needs are not met by Greece and NGOs continue to do a terrible job of fulfilling basic necessities like shelter, warmth and food. Camps in Greece are basic , many contain caravans, rooms constructed in warehouses and tents outside in the open.
volunteers support is vital to the refugees survival. we are the ones that top up food supplies, provide blankets clothes utensils and equipment for them to live a very basic life. Voluneers online co ordinate aid into Greece from all corners of the world from wheelchairs to kettles. There is a network of groups online that work together in the way no NGOs do. And we are all self funded so you can be sure that every penny of your donation goes direct to help refugees.
I created an online group called No Them Only Us Refugees and displaced person Support on Facebook which now has 3000 members. I daily share news updates relating to this crisis , Network to build strong alliances with other groups and individuals ,provide support to refugees who have a specific need whether that is a sim card, new baby clothes, milk nappies or a prosthetic leg even a Major Emergency Operation that UNHCR have refused to support due to a low chance of survival in the patient during surgery.
Ive created groups that have achieved amazing results..most recently a skull repair to a small boy whose roof collapsing taking him with it when a bomb exploded on his home. Hes now recovering well.
A baby with Kidney disease, A single mother with a Brain Tumour still ongoing and a mother just through the Syrian border with Terminal cancer trying to reunite with her kids so they can have quality time before she passes. These cases all need money . Every penny is spent as quickly as it comes..its vital and it saves lives.
 Refugees are not terrorists...they are not crouds of single men hunting for wives as the news reports. They are families like us, who have lost everything including children,brothers,husbands. they keep their strength because they have no choice..we must support them to keep their hopes alive...
We should all put ourselves in their shoes..instead of judging because we think we know what Syria was like. it was alot more like Europe than you think.Mixed religions and cultures living together successfuly. I pray they get it back one day.



My online group is growing  rapidly ive taken on 10 Admin supporters and we are changing peoples lives,it's due to all the wonderful warm hearts of you our supporters spreading the word and showing your support regularly
Let's stand for Peace and show some love to those who have forgotten what it is <3




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As the UNHCR ESTIA housing programme begins to expel families from their homes and cancel their cash cards once they have received their asylum we find ourselves with a new crisis.
One family with a disabled father came to me this week as they have two weeks to find a new home and an income.
Another Palestinian family with young children came to me for help as they have been waiting 9 months for a decision since their asylum interview. This family arrived via the landroute from Istanbul and in 10 months have not received a single penny nor any support since they arrived to Athens , they were even detained in Amygdeleza deportation camp and released on to the streets with a small child with a hole in his heart !
How are people supposed to survive ? The system here is so unpredictable and it’s impossible to make sense of the decisions being made here. Since the new government took over things have take a turn for the worse as families are being refused help by the Greek healthcare system as the AMKA system to help refugees in under scrutiny and the previous system that was being created to help refugee families apply has now been cancelled. Teams like MVI medical volunteers international who run a doctors clinic in #Hopecafe every Sunday are vital for cases that are receiving no help as they don’t qualify . No home , no money , no healthcare and So many countries continue to offer no support by taking families in . It’s hard to believe this is Europe . You’d need to see it to believe it !!
Stopping is not an option , lives are at stake here as Turkey slows the control of its borders more boats arrive daily to the island s.. 8 yesterday packed to the brim. We need to create Hope for these people , they rely on us to keep them. We are the only #hope they have ❤️
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Over the last four years Greece the refugee crisis has taken many turns to which grassroots projects have had to react .
When the unhcr stopped supplying baby milk and pampers around 9 months ago was a huge low and we gladly stepped up to the mark to try and fill the gaps for mums who can’t breastfeed due to medical reasons or simply because their body is so under nourished their milk doesn’t satisfy their baby. We supply a mum with HIV , a mum with cancer of the colon , a single dad who’s wife has had to fly to Germany for surgery because Greece can’t operate , parents in squats living way under the poverty line because the don’t have a rental contract to obtain cash support. €55 a tin Milk to 2 severely ill lactose intolerant babies who have been in and out of hospital since birth with unbearable skin conditions, 4 types of special milk to babies who can’t tolerate general brands , milk to mums awaiting reunification who get no cash support and wait on average 1 year to get an answer, milk to a mum with syphilis whose husband can’t even access medication and so many more .
Interviewing these parents is the hardest thing in the world as we know all these babies deserve healthy food but as one of very few projects offering milk and pampers now the stress is immense. We are physically having to tighten our boundaries month on month as we know we can’t promise more than we get . We have around 300 families needing our support with milk and or pampers and the only time we manage to fulfil their needs is when someone with funds is on the ground to supply them. Week upon week we have had to deploy the SORRY No Milk No pampers sign on our door . We explain to every single person that funds are lower year on year and we simply struggle all week just to find the donations to provide priority cases . One tin of milk is no help to a mum with zero money. I get messages tori the night for milk when babies are crying hungry I’ve even had voice messages of their tears .it simply breaks my heart.
As you know we are feeding 100-150 homeless families and young men in Victoria park 6 days a week now .we had to drop from 7 because we are struggling to cope . Can we seriously suffer starving people in Greece , Europe in this day and age ?
Isn’t every human worthy of one meal per day ?
New baby packs are going out without essential items , pictured above is a photo a mum sent me begging for pampers for her new sick baby who was wrapped in a plastic bag ..
They need you more than ever !!! On the plus side we’ve donated 49 pushchairs to babies this month from an amazing team in Sweden but no amount of rocking or walking is going to sooth a hungry baby to sleep.
Refugees need you more than ever. A low regular payment is a possibility for so many of us ... don’t think about it , just do it . It could be us one day ❤️
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A huge post of thanks to Sweden this week and the group @eva2helpinghands . We have had huge arrivals from the islands and the land route this month . Families Whatsapp @hopecafeathens to book a new arrival interview where we are able to provide them with clothes, underwear , foodpacks , emergency medicine that they may have gone without during their transit (thanks to you we can purchase this week as we were out of stock for so many vital things ), beds for babies from #teamswedenvolunteers in which we put all the necessities for the children and new mama . Pampers ,milk or breast pads , blankets , wipes , clothes. It used to be that many families were sent from the islands with an apartment waiting for them but now many are arriving with accommodation at all.. so the first request we get is please find us an apartment.. I have 5 homeless families right now 4 from Syria, all with children , 2 newborns and 1 pregnant. Media coverage is none existent. How can families continue to live on the streets ? Where are their human rights and protection services ? Two of these families arrived 20 days out of Syria ... still shell shocked and traumatized. My heart bleeds for these families ... Thankeva that we can at least ease their pain ❤️#feedinghopetogether #collaberation #manyhandsmakelightwork
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As you know we feed home food to Victoria Square every night. It's a great way to find out the ever-changing needs of families in Athens as we get asked for all sorts of things while we are Distributing. Clothes is an easy one as we have a free clothes shop, blankets or sheets are easy to deliver the next day . We have had an overwhelming amount of people telling us that This meal is the only ones they get.
When a family arrives in Athens the first thing they have to do is register at the police station for the paper that makes them legal, this avoids them being put in a detention center which is a very unpleasant thing to happen. Imagine children and pregnant women in ‘prison’ which is pretty much what it is.
At this point the family will have to start using Skype to contact the system for an asylum application after which they can wait four months to four years for the actual Asylum interview. Until they have had a Skype interview and have received a three-fold Asylum card they can not access a housing or cash card. The system is very slow depending on nationality and if a family left the country with nothing that is exactly what they should live on in Athens!
That's why we're overwhelmed on our pampers phone line for food packs. Often we can just put a basic food packet to get from our stock for cooking but lately we are actually reaching zero stock and zero money then waiting with bated breath for donations. Kids can not wait in this hot sun .... they soon become dehydrated and weary. Please consider sending a 20 pound / euro donation so we can buy basic items such as rice oil and tea bread and vegetables so these families can at least make a sandwich or soup on their gas burner. No person should be hungry. We feed Hope with your donations. We do not have banked cash reserves. summer is especially hard as we need the air conditioning to survive while cooking. please help us help them. one day it could be us needing help ❤️
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The need is so great.

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I have volunteered in Greece with Refugees and my heart goes out to them, too.

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