Hope Cafe Athens

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Raised by 280 people in 39 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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Update 52
Posted by Kerrie Moor
5 months ago
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We at Hope Café have spent the last two months revising our distribution system to ensure we really are helping the most desperate families in Athens . Most organizations have stopped distributing Pampers and milk now so we have devised a short interview and registration system by pooling our experience and utilizing a database created by Sarah Holden who works for Google and has spent a lot of time on this for us .. it works !!
We have concentrated our distribution toward the areas with the most need..
1 Baby packs for New Mothers .
2 Medical vulnerables pampers and milk.
3 Milk for mums with health issues making them unable to breastfeed and fresh milk for children under 2.
4 New arrivals accommodation and support applying for registration.
5 translation support for appointments .
6 Clothing for all.
7 food for the homeless , vulnerable and unregistered.
Families with high medical vulnerabilities are often refused asylum by EU countries . We have a high concentration of children and adults needing complicated and life saving surgery and prosthetic limbs . They are desperate because they are paying for medication that they don’t get a stipend from Echo funding for .
We need you to help us feed Hope ❤️
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Update 51
Posted by Kerrie Moor
7 months ago
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New Arrivals are higher than ever, with finding accommodation so hard we are resorting on the mainland to giving out tents again so families can in effect queue for places on the camps that were cleared in the tent to home scheme and are now being refilled with a very basic organisation support.
It falls to grassroots organisations even more to provide all the necessary basics to keep life bearable for these families arriving with nothing but their clothes on their backs. One of my long term colleagues only last week fell apart on the cafe stairs after witnessing a family with 3 children under 4 enter the cafe wet from rain and sleeping in Victoria Square in the middle of the day having newly arrived on the land route from The Evro river crossing. Kind words and hugs were needed to encourage this person that they were doing all they could physically do . As an empath it can really get to you when conditions are as bad as they are right now.
We have had an influx of more than 350 young single lads arrive in the area from Patras Port. The area was evacuated by Police and they were all processed at the police station to make sure they were registered and fingerprints taken. These young lads faces are imprinted with pain , fatigue and a look of being lost and unwanted. Being able to welcome them in the evenings at Hope cafe to feed them a hot meal fills me and my team with so much pleasure. During Ramadan the cafe has an eery feeling at times as every one fasting looses their cheeriness coping with the fasting month. When the boys enter and enjoy their food their smiles and gratefulness lifts us in a way we miss. only 1 week left and we will be bustling again on a daily basis. Insallah .
These lads deserve a safe place to sleep in the same way that any other vulnerable person does yet they are always bottom of the priority list for UNHCR and the other big orgs that are here to protect them and their human rights. A new project is being discussed as we speak to see if we can find a solution.
Many great things are about to change and we look forward to being able to share them with you soon.
For now lets concentrate on feeding hope as we know best.
Hope cafe is feeding Hope by....Supplying around 60 families per week with clothing. Giving 15-20 New Baby packs per week to all mums in their 9th month. Purchasing medication for families that are struggling because of high medical need . This week we purchased 4 brand new wheelchairs for severely disabled youngsters enabling them to accompany their families when they leave the house. Inviting families for iftar (breaking their Fast) at 20:45 and serving them as if they are in a restaurant with friends. We purchased special milk for a very sick young man who has deteriated so much hes having to be fed by tube. Supplied Travel cots , strollers and many items of baby equipment donated by groups in the UK such as Care UK and Share UK who regularly send containers without whom we could not spread as much Hope.
We seriously need your donations more than ever to keep spreading hope. Collaberations with new Projects are exciting and being discussed as we speak to widen our circle and make a difference to the people that need us. We are so grateful to all our regular supporters and to several new ones this month. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart for all your messages of love and support. I cant answer all them immediately these days but you are all very important to us <3
My son Sam last summer.Out again soon
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Update 50
Posted by Kerrie Moor
8 months ago
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Greece is back in Emergency Crisis.
Arrivals are up and summer numbers are set to rise even higher. Camps on the Islands are increasingly more like prisons with queues for food and basic essentials.
Athens is at a point of crisis where there is just no affordable accommodation and Squats are the only option for new arrivals (3000 in a month ) coming via the land route from Istanbul over the Turkish border . Ever increasing numbers of academicTurkish are now seeking asylum here too... whats happening with the world ?
Accomodation and food is short everywhere and orgs here are reaching out for everything.. Hope Cafe has had to concentrate on setting up a system to make sure we are helping the most vulnerable which at the moment are people with no shelter and no money. Food pack distribution is on the increase again as the UNHCRs Cash card system is close to the maximum output and new comers are symply being told to wait... We have two families working at Hope who have been here for 6 and 3 months and still NO support ( acommodation or Cash) for them has been put into place. Im not sure how unhcr expect them to live ! My team are bringing in new arrivals daily that we need to supply with clothing ,food and toiletries. Ive housed two families in two days by pure luck through a friend and still have families sharing my home with a newborn.
We have run out of underwear which is my biggest ask this week. Arrivals from the islands come with the minimum belongings that have been handwashed in a camp for a year and more... New Baby welcome packs are still being given out at a rate of 10 per week and we need baby essentials like shampoo, toothaste ,wipes and number 1 nappies.
If you are able to sponsor a family directly 50 euros would feed them on a weekly basis .Hope is paying rent for two properties at the moment totalling 350 euros a month both vulnerable in very different ways but desparate. We are giving out around 20 weekly food packs costing around 20 euros each and Medical pampers to extremely vulnerable cases needing 24 hour one to one care.
We are desperate for wheelchairs for Adults and children who can not leave their house without them. Smugglers will not carry them across the water. So they are cast aside in Turkey.
Hope is viewing bigger premises right now in collaberation with another organisation so we really need your help in order to support even more families than we do now. Volunteers are steadily on the increase, we have a huge team of 22 this week and are busy setting up a computerised database so everything coming in or leaving can be recorded to ensure complete transparency. Exciting times ahead but lots of hard work to do yet.. We need you...They need us <3
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Update 49
Posted by Kerrie Moor
9 months ago
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What a week, while the US , UK, France and Germany prepare to Battle the Dictatorship of Assad and his warmonger Regime to rid him of his chemicals and Armoury , we hear in the news that the battles will not end until Hezbollah and Iran evacuate Syria completely. Its all very confusing and depressing but we must all focus for now on the people that we can help.
We closed the Cafe for Easter as everyone of the team needed some time to rest and recuperate. It was lovely to see the families spending time together relaxing and we had a team Easter Dinner like most families do.
These families are not like most families though. While they have exactly the same needs as any one of us they rely on some kind of system . organisation , project or volunteer to provide their every need.
While I try to forsee our close families need such as homes , food and clothing, there are many other items that are vital to surviving as a family too.
Medication is a big one here.
Case example 1. A lady this week came to me with a prescription for fitted and specially cushioned shoes for her heel which was badly sliced though during a bomb blast. Healing is a slow process as masses of flesh were missing and of course to take care of her kids she has no choice but to hobble around. We purchased her shoes and a medical support sock to hopefully improve her situation for her.
Case example 2.
Baz is a 27 year old man with high level special needs. His brother sent him to Europe to find surgery to improve his standard of life. He flew to Istanbul and while in the care of a smuggler was taken under the wing of a family who pretended to want to help him. Over the next year they progressively stole from him and undermined his basic human rights. They smuggled the wife and children to Germany leaving him with the husband who getting impatient for money from bazs brother started to beat him and stopped him applying to renew his asylum card by hiding all his papers and not allowing him access to them. The day Iflew to UK a month ago we had to admit him to hospital , he had a bleeding stomach ulcer caused by stress... My team took a rotation daily to visit him in hospital for 2 weeks and I kept in touch by phone , the Doctors only allowed him to leave once I was back and they had hardly been able to converse with him. It had taken 4 months of me reaching out to welcome him in the cafe for him to trust someone enough to tell his story. I immediately got him to a place of safety and started procedures to make a timeline of the history so we can move forward with a Lawyer, whilst coordinating with his caseworkers we hope to get him registered and rehoused somewhere new soon.
He has lost all his possesions and relys on Hope Cafe to House ,feed and clothe him but hes so happy to be safe and among friends.
Housing cost is 300 Euro per month. Please help us support vulnerable people like Baz . He is just one of many terrible situations in Athens of people that fall through the gaps and end up alone and struggle if someone isnt will to reach out a hand of Hope. We all need support at difficult times in our lives... but what happens when your family aren't around to do that.
Hope Cafe feeds and clothes but it does so much more. its aplace of shelter of a sense of family of belonging somewhere in a country you never knew you would have to make your own <3




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