Woman and Children Refugee Shelter

Women and their children fleeing war, terrorism, human trafficking and may other forms of persecution make the short but  perilous journey by water from Turkey to Lesvos, Greece . They  travel at night and many thousands of them drown in route. The ones that make it, are banished to a refugee camp called Moria, which looks like a third world prison.

Moria has a maximum capacity  of 1500 with a current population of over 9000. This means that pregnant women and women with small children are living in tents without clean water or proper sanitation. There are also regular riots and gang violence due to the over crowding which is a very dangerous environment for small children.

Safe Place International has been working to support the LGBT refugee  population  around the world, who face constant violence and harassment from other refugees, as well from guards and police. We recently established an LGBT shelter on the Lesvos, which is now at capacity. 

Through our work, we have been constantly approached by pregnant mothers and mothers with small children pleading for a safe place that will be warm for the winter ( Several refugees froze in winters past ).

After a year of searching, we have found a building that will house these vulnerable women and children who so desperately need support. Our local volunteer team is ready to do all the rehabilitation and repair work on the building site to make it a home.

We have come to an agreement with the owner for 60,000, but we NEED YOUR HELP to make this a reality for the pregnant women, and women with small children. We desperately want to get this sorted asap so their winter is not so harsh. 

This is a call to unite the world in solidarity, to work together to make this hope a reality for the women and children who can't bear to face another day sleeping in dirt. Raising this money will allow the organization, Safe Place Greece, to purchase the building in that name and thus forever insuring a shelter for vulnerable people on the island. By collectively contributing, we can all serve as the foundation for a brighter future. 

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  • Bas Zwiers 
    • $600 
    • 47 mos
  • Carolien Buter 
    • $15 
    • 48 mos
  • Marjan Borgers 
    • $10 
    • 48 mos
  • Bas Zwiers 
    • $500 
    • 49 mos
  • Bas Zwiers 
    • $600 
    • 49 mos
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Annette Sommers 
Berkeley, CA
Safe Place International 
Registered nonprofit
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