Public Hygiene Laundry for Moria Refugee Camp


I've been volunteering with One Happy Family (OHF) a Swiss and Greek NGO running a community centre and other support activities for refugees on the island of Lesvos.  OHF is the busiest centre of its type in the Aegean Islands. 

Last December we decided to set up a laundry for the residents of nearby Moria Refugee Camp. Moria is the biggest refugee camp in Europe and the worst

In Moria there are currently (December 2019) over 17,000 people including well over 1,000 unaccompanied minors and children.

We have now established the laundry including registering a new NGO - The Lava Project (TLP) - and have been washing clothes since June.

We recently installed more machines and are working towards a full capacity of 130 large bags of laundry a day.

Our objective is to hygiene wash and dry at least 3,500 bags of laundry a month. This will include bedding, duvets, winter coats etc. that cannot be washed in a sink by hand.

With so many people in and around the camp we have to concentrate on the most vulnerable people - medical patients with scabies or bed bugs, unaccompanied children, mothers with babies and small children and single women - we hope one day to be able to help everyone living in tents.

With many thanks to those who have contributed so far and especially Help Refugees who have funded all the infrastructure costs and most of the initial phase of equipment. We have also been helped by large donations from Hope and Aid Direct, Nada Nord and Humanity Now who we also thank.

We have some running costs covered but still need appx. 2,000euros a month for what isn't covered - our energy costs alone will soon reach Eu2,000 a month.

All contributions - large or small will be greatly appreciated - not just by us but by the people living in Moria camp.

Many thanks - Ross




This is the beginning - there are more partners to come on board as we expand our service - HELP we need you !

37831832_1552903846178834_r.jpegLast winter

37831832_1568896360475857_r.jpegSeptember 2019 Olive Grove North is outside the camp with very few facilities but around 8,000 people and increasing every day. This is one of only 2 wash pads for all these people.

37831832_156761104715841_r.jpegWe need 2 more washing machines here! 4 more will go next to this rack  -  PLEASE HELP! - Ok we have these now

37831832_1567611113540825_r.jpegBig gas dryer donated by Hope and Aid Direct.  Another one is on its way and we need to contribute to the costs! - Installed now

37831832_1567611275644118_r.jpeg4 Dryers with folding space above, 4 more are planned  behind these. - Now there and waiting to connect the extraction system.

37831832_156916528145787_r.jpegNew exhaust system - I love this stuff!

37831832_1569166497884383_r.jpegClean laundry for Moria

37831832_1569166536144131_r.jpegIn the beginning - April 2019

37831832_1570426021526453_r.jpegGetting there- October 2019 

37831832_1576515073776017_r.jpegMaking great progress - from the new front door in December2019

37831832_1576515193849197_r.jpegInside shot December 2019

37831832_1569166612701950_r.jpegEvery laundry needs a guard dog

37831832_1569167021282323_r.jpegThis is Snowy

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Ross Ireland 
Bridgnorth, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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