Samos Earthquake & Tsunami Relief

On October 30, 2020, the island of Samos in eastern Greece was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake triggering tsunamis that caused major damages and destruction, including the tragic deaths of two teenagers caught under the rubble.

We are working directly with the Municipality of Samos to ensure that the funds collected go exactly where needed!  To the people!  We will be posting updates along the way to keep you informed at every step of the campaign!

We are a group of Greek Canadian and Greek American women who are originally from the island of Samos.  We are: Dora Kaltakis-Papoutsakis, Doris Donlou-Richmond and Eleni Kaltaki.  After hearing of this devastating earthquake we wanted to help although far away and during a global pandemic!  The island of Samos is our homeland and our "happy place" and it has endured so much in the last decade between the economic crisis, the refugee crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now this!  We have been working with members of the city council to collect the information required from residents as to what they need.  Immediately, what is required is: tents, blankets, sleeping bags and other essentials that will help the displaced residents sleep at night as over 300 homes are currently deemed dangerous and they have had to evacuate.  Many families are sleeping in their cars and the nights have become very cold.

Any donation would be greatly appreciated!  This is a joint effort between  Samiotes of the Diaspora!  Please share our page as much as possible!

If you are donating from the US, please take into account the Canadian currency conversion.  $100USD = $133CAD
If you are donating from Australia, the Canadian & Australian dollars are approximately at par.
If you are donating from Europe, 100 Euros = $155CAD



The earthquake was felt across the Aegean to Athens and as far south as Heraklion, Crete.  The first night recorded over 60 aftershocks, the largest being 5.2 Richter.  Residents stated that the earth didn't stop moving for days.

The residents of the towns of Vathi and Ano Vathi have been asked to evacuate their homes and have been sleeping in their cars or in open areas where tents have been set up by the army and beds provided from Doctors without Borders.  Over 300 homes have been deemed not livable and the families have been displaced.

The residents of Samos are currently enduring a refugee crisis as there are over 6000 migrants currently on the island.  Looting of shops and homes  during the earthquake has added to the devastation.

The people of Samos need our help!  We are raising money for the people of Samos who over the past decade have opened their homes to thousands of migrants who were looking for a better life.  Now many locals are left with nothing and it is our turn to help these open hearted people.  

We would like to purchase essential supplies, medications, tents, sleeping bags, blankets and whatever else is needed at this time to help the displaced families.  There are over 300 families with no place to live.  We are working with the mayor of Eastern Samos, the local government to distribute the supplies to the most affected areas of the island.  

Any donation would be greatly appreciated!  

For questions please contact us:

Dora Kaltakis-Papoutsakis (Vancouver, Canada): [email redacted]
Doris Donlou-Richmond (California, USA): [email redacted]
Eleni Kaltakis (Samos, Greece): [email redacted]

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