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 over 14,000 people including well over 1,000 unaccompanied 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 got our 3 phase electricity supply and are now running at project Stage 1. capacity of appx. 60 bags a day, the next increase in machines - Stage 2. - will take capacity to 135 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.
For now we 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 to move on to the general population, families living in tents etc. next.
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 Stage 1 equipment - we are now ready to move to Stage 2.
We have some running costs covered but will need appx. 2,000euros a month for what isn't covered and we need more equipment - 6 washing machines at 1,400 euros each and 6 dryers at 1,000 each.
All contributions - large or small will be greatly appreciated - not just by us but by the people living in Moria camp.
Many thanks - Rosshttps://thelavaproject.org/https://www.facebook.com/thelavaprojectlesvos/https://ohf-lesvos.org/en/2018/10/we-have-far-more-in-common-with-each-other-than-things-that-divide-us/https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/13621/lesbos-refugee-center-scar-on-europe-s-conscience-amnesty https://thelavaproject.org/
This is the beginning - there are more partners to come on board as we expand our service - HELP we need you !
September 2019 Olive Grove North is outside the camp with very few facilities but around 4,000 people and increasing every day. This is one of only 2 wash pads for all these people.
We need 2 more washing machines here! 4 more will go next to this rack - PLEASE HELP!
Big gas dryer donated by Hope and Aid Direct. Another one is on its way and we need to contribute to the costs!
4 Dryers with folding space above, 4 more are planned behind these.
New exhaust system - I love this stuff!
Clean laundry for Moria
In the beginning - April 2019
Getting there- October 2019
Every laundry needs a guard dog
This is Snowy