Hope Cafe Athens
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
I’ve decided to issue a needs list so you can see just how short we are on stock. All the following items are Out Of Stock as of now .
Underwear for all.
Flip flops for all.
Baby milk .
Adult diapers. S M L
Sanitary towels .
Fresh fruit and vegetables.
Summer cotton clothing .
If you can help drop us a line .
You can help: volunteer, donate or spread this message.
It’s been nearly 4 years I’ve been in Greece .
Nothing has changed .
They call their changes ‘organic reaction to needs on the ground ‘
I call it ‘ Governments reaction to the Media... ‘
The media globally now is as good as silent while war rages on indiscriminately allowing innocent people to die in their ‘Game Of Thrones’
How is what is going on any different to the fantastical series so many of us love to watch ?
It’s happening on your television? No it’s happening in front of our eyes and what do we do ?
Forget Greece Forget Europe . It’s hell all over the world .
When will we realize if you don’t act for humanity.... why should humanity act for you ?
Cases are coming through from Libya , Yemen , Malaysia, Indonesia. Those that people are supposed to turn to ( those huge organisations that pay half of their donations in Salaries and much of the other half for their marketing campaigns sit clock watching at their desks while refugees die because no one responds to their pleading emails for help ...
They don’t even respond to volunteers at times , these young boys enslaved in Libyan prisons in departments that the unhcr don’t even know exist , beg volunteers to help them find solutions from thousands of miles away and we do our best but those are the cases we dream about when no one responds .. If we dream , they nightmare . What child is bought into the world to deserve that ? What child seeking refuge from seven years of war deserves to sleep in a tent in a cesspit of garbage , with urine trickling past their tent while rats burrow for food under the pallets that hold them off the sodden ground . Food those families queue for 3 hours per meal each day , a meal that you or I wouldn’t serve our beloved animals ? A meal so high in carbs but low in nutrition that children are being sent to volunteers with written prescriptions by doctors for high protein foods and baby milk to up their vitamin levels .
These children are real children that come to Victoria Square for a hearty meal at 8 pm every night with their parents who can’t look you in the eye for the loss of dignity they deal with for having bought children into the world they can not feed , clothe or educate .
We feed them , we educate them, we love them , we don’t sleep when we don’t have the money to feed the 244 mouths that wait patiently every night for us to arrive with crates of food . I’ve not slept for worrying where I find containers cheap enough to get the 7,320 meals my amazing team cook every month .. to the mouths of those real children who are not born with the privilege of knowing what tomorrow will bring .
We need your help and they need your help . Help for them not us .
Hope Cafe has been feeding up to 200 meals a day in Victoria Platea to ensure families are not going hungry.
Also we are delivering 44 meals per day to Elionas camp for the evictees of clandestina and Azidi whom even though the IOM promised they would accommodate with homes many are still living in a marquee with no running water or kitchen facilities. IOM feed a huge camp but they do not feed the 44 people most of them children .
Many of the families who were evicted from Clandestina and Azidi squats were taken into detention camps to be processed but what is happening now is they are being released to the streets with no where to go . They accumulate in Victoria in the evenings when food is being distributed and approach us to seek housing. How do we walk away knowing they have nowhere to go .
In the past I have taken families home with me but now I’m in a tiny studio it’s not possible . Putting people in hotels without offering long term solutions is unfair ... and it’s expensive. It’s costs at least 400 euro per month to house a family including bills and food when they have nothing . Apartments are a constant cost and need paying for at least 6 months to give a family chance to find a way to support themselves or access ministry funds . €2400 euro per family. I know an organization that funded 4 families in 1 week . It’s fantastic .
Hope Cafe is small we rely on your donations for everything we achieve.
Help us feed hope ❤️
Here I’ll write a needs list if you can help with aid of any sort please contact us .
Men’s clothing Small
" try to guess who I am! I am more in the media than Donald Trump and his tweets, erdogan and his democracy, Putin and his politics. I was the main reason for the failure of the government in Germany and for the nokia of the rights in Europe. I am the great concern of many citizens in this country, because I am more dangerous than poverty, abuse in families, pollution, drug use, climate change, lack of nurses and educators. I'm the one who always feels guilty for other people's mistakes. People he doesn't even know. I'm the one who's always ashamed to welcome neighbors when something happens again. I have been in favour of each individual's mistakes and I feel threatened by every report in the media.
Did you recognize me?
I'm the refugees!
And it's not a grammatical mistake due to a lack of I'm the refugees! All the refugees. I'm not a doctor, not a lawyer, a farmer or a journalist, no artist, no seller, neither taxi driver nor teacher, but the refugees. Although I come from a small town in Syria and for me people in Damascus have already been foreign, I have been one of hundreds of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Africa. Although we speak different languages, have different religions and pasts, let alone world views and opinions. But who cares about such differences, we are all the refugees at the end. I lost friends and relatives through the war, apartment, job, car, my past and my home. But a loss I have only felt later is my individuality that I left behind the dinghy at the borders of Europe."
This text is a letter of the lawyer vinda gouma, who appeared in the tagesspiegel of 27. 1. 2019