Strengthening the Refugees on Chios Island(Greece)

*** It is a SIZZLING HOT SUMMER on Greek Islands ***
... the Camps can not take more people - dozens of families sleep without a cover on the dirt ground in the official European Camp, exposed to snakes, rats, mosquitos etc.

We are asking for your generous support to donate funds for the Chios People’s Kitchen.
                                  *we match your donation dollar for dollar - up to $2,000*


The refugee crisis has taken a turn for the worst on the island of Chios. The European Union and the local Greek government continues to try to make it difficult for refugees that are fleeing their war-torn countries- but they keep coming - 100's more people arrive onto the tiny Greek island every month. Find updates every day https://www.facebook.com/AegeanBoatReport. Summer is here and people are living in tents without air-conditioning, electricity, with very few toilets and any edible food is being rationed. These people have been forgotten- Almost all NGO’s have left the island and donations have trickled down to a minimum.

I am on my way to the Refugee Camps on Chios Island (Greece) - this Friday - In direct service to the: men, women and children that are stuck in Europe while the politicians decide their fate. Whilst their fate is being determined they wait in a shameful “prison”.

Currently 2,000 refugees are housed in one camp- that is equipped to hold only 1,100 people.  This includes 500 Children & 40 Unaccompanied Minors traveling alone without their parents.
The government-supplied meals in the camp are anything but nutritious and are often not enough food.  

We always work in the Chios People’s Kitchen (CPK), this is a well-run and efficient kitchen. It has an incredible crew of a few young refugees from various countries. They are determined to ensure that those most vulnerable: the very young and very old people have a healthy and nutritious meal. There are approximately 150 children, and 10 families- that are currently benefiting from this kitchen.
This crew is helping deal with the traumas of war- they volunteer in the kitchen to help with their own PTSD and cook for everyone and anyone- Not everyone who volunteers speak the same language, but through food its universal.

Conditions in Chios' Refugee Camp
http://www.aplotaria.gr/vial-rainy-afternoon
find more details in our TV interview on Fox News http://www.foxla.com/news/235125357-video
A Chios native, who's home in Santa Maria, CA, wrote this about our work - http://rbtus.com/greece-activists-reliev+e-refugee-crisis-on-island-of-chios
 
With your donation you could make a difference to the lives of the people that depend on The Chios Peoples Kitchen.
The daily food cost to feed 180 children and 15 families = $250
The huge need for tents or sleeping bags, shoes and warm clothing must also be covered.

Our Goal: $10,000
-> We will personally match this amount dollar for dollar - up to $2,000.
 
100% of donations will go to directly support refugees.
 
HOW TO DONATE:
 
*to receive a U.S. tax receipt
online
go to our partner’s donation site: https://donorbox.org/meals4refugees  (enter the amount, click the drop down menu below & choose ->> “Michael Soehner’s CPK support ”)
by check
pls make check out to: Lifting Hands International & mail to: Lifting Hands International, 3491N Arizona Avenue, Unit 2, Chandler, AZ 85225 – USA; mention: “for Chios People’s Kitchen”

*to receive a German tax receipt
pls donate with the wonderful organization https://stelp.eu/aktiv-werden/support and mention "CPK Chios support”
 
*no tax credit
- pls make check out to: Michael Soehner & mail to: Michael Soehner, 4220 Glencoe Ave., Suite 150, Los Angeles, CA 90292
- cash donations are welcome
- PayPal: ms@come-together.net
- GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/refugeeschios 

-> To learn more about organizations and groups that I will be working with. Check out:
Chios People’s Kitchen https://www.facebook.com/chiospeopleskitchen

Chios People’s Warehouse https://www.facebook.com/chiospeopleswarehouse 

Chios (local) Solidarity Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1508309029486384  

Action for Education (formerly BAAS) https://www.actionforeducation.co.uk 
 

Want to volunteer in Greece or in Turkey ?
If anyone would like to volunteer, please contact us.  We can guarantee that it will be one of the most meaningful experiences that you'll ever have.

ABOUT US
We are Los Angeles area residents, who are active volunteers and advocates for the refugees.
We've volunteered in Greece (in the refugee squats of Athens and the refuges camp on the island of Chios); in Turkey's (Cesme/Izmir) "wild camps", where 3,2 million refugees receive absolutely no support!

We commit that 100% of the funds will go to the refugees.
Your donations will be carefully spent. We never waste money on shipping costs. We buy locally and if shipping is required we get shipping companies to donate the shipping cost for the goods to be moved for free.

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