Kim's Lesvos Donation Page 2018

£5,080 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 111 people in 9 months

After returning from Lesvos at the end of April where I was able to pass on £3001 to local projects I've decided to continue raising funds for Lesvos and other refugee hot spots. 

If you'd like to know more I blog here:Volunteering and we have a facebook page.

Since returning i've joined the #love4lesvos campaign. Together we're working collectively to make a difference on Lesvos.

The current campaign we're supporting is The Dignity Pack Project, in August we collected the items for 76 packs. And through October and November we will be collecting again. As of 17th October we've raised enough funds to send another 100 packs, through November we will be collecting funds and items to make as many as we can. Can you help?

What is The Dignity Pack Project?

Moria is bursting at the seams. There are limited access to showers, clean toilets and 5mins peace.  Women are denied dignity throughout their experience as a refugee. We want to change that!

We all love a shower and we hope the women who receive these packs will love having a shower too.

Throughout Moria there are projects trying to give women their dignity back. Shower projects and community projects offer women a safe haven to just be. And we’d like to provide them with a dignity pack to make that experience a little bit more special. The packs will stop women from having to make the agonising choice between food and hygiene.

The dignity packs we’re creating will be provided to the women in a bag designed to be taken away.

Each bag includes:

A hairbrush, pack of sanitary towels (with wings), 2 in 1 shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrush, body lotion, face cloth, roll on deodrant, razors. We also send brand new underwear for women to select when they visit the project.

£5 pays for 10 packs to be shipped to Greece
£10 pays for the hygiene items in the bag
£15 pays for an entire bag including underwear and shipping
£100 pays for 10 bags
£1000 pays for 100 Dignity Packs including underwear and shipping

Follow ourfacebook page  to keep updated on our progress.

A little bit of background on our work:

In 2015 I was moved by the refugee crisis unfolding aross Europe. I eventually made two trips to Europe to support refugees. Firstly we drove a transit van to Slovenia with supplies.  And then we traveled to Lesvos to volunteer with some grass roots charities, you can read about my experience on my blogs: Lesvos the Situation and Because I am A Parent .  Just before I left for my second trip  I found out I was pregnant, so volunteering went on hold when I returned in early December 2015. Harrison is going to be 2 in July and I feel like now is the right time for me to return. 

When I volunteered in 2015, the refugee crisis was at the top of our news feed. It was hitting the headlines daily. Now the news has moved on. The suffering is no less, in fact in some ways it is worse. Many of the people I met in 2015 went on to start new lives in Germany and other European countries. They got to start a new life. Sadly the people stuck today in Lesvos and other hot spots, are trapped with no way forward and no way back.

Fast Forward to 2018

There is still a refugee crisis, people are still living in terror or having their homes destroyed. Thousands of people are dying.  Which means they are still leaving. And over the last few weeks the numbers travelling by boat again from Turkey is increasing.

When I was there in 2015 people were passing through, Moria wasn't a pleasant place but it wasn't a long term destination. Sadly today a prison built for 1500 people is now home to over 6000 women, children, lone boys and men. Moria is has been described as hell on earth. I've read accounts of the situation there that break my heart. The suffering for people stuck on Lesvos continues. BUT WE CAN HELP BE PART OF THE SOLUTION :-)
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It is with deep regret that I will need to press pause on MiltonKeynes4Refugees for the time being. Our son has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia and so our focus needs to be on him.

We've sent off all the items for the 100 dignity packs to our friends at https://www.facebook.com/togetherrefugee/ and i'm delighted to share they are already working through packing them up ready to head to Lesvos.

In the coming weeks I will tally up all donations and then pass the left over funds to https://www.donate4refugees.org.uk/ the partner we've been working with over the last few months who support the same projects we do.

I will also publicly document where all your money has been spent.

We WILL be back but for now I can't bare to sit on funds or the items for the dignity packs. Please do support the efforts of our partners and I will continue to share their updates on here.

I want to thank you all for your support this year. To raise over £5k for some of the most marginalised and in need people in Europe is really something - so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you'd like to follow Bilbo's progress as he kicks cancers ass you can read more here: https://godberstravel.com/category/bilbos-journey/
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Hey everyone - i've set up a new facebook page to continue the work i've been doing. It will allow me to post events, collection points and hopefully increase awareness of the campaigns i'm running in the Milton Keynes area. Please like and share - we've gone from ) to 11 likes in 10mins I would love to hit 100 by this time next week... :-) https://www.facebook.com/MiltonKeynes4Refugees
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A warm thank you for your continued support. And welcome to those of you who've recently contributed to my ongoing campaign, to support refugees in need on the island of Lesvos.

The latest campaign is: The Dignity Pack Project

For women who call Moria home having a shower isn’t a pleasant experience. The showers are often filthy, over crowded and lack the basic necessities. I witnessed with my own eyes families making the decision to choose between food and a bottle of shampoo. And some women are too afraid to use the showers that have been made available. Can you imagine?

Throughout Lesvos there are projects trying to give women their dignity back. Shower projects and community projects offer women a safe haven to just be. And we’d like to provide them with a dignity pack to make that experience a little bit more special. The packs will stop women from having to make the agonising choice between food and hygiene.

The dignity packs we’re creating will be provided to the women in a bag designed to be taken away.

My latest blog gives you all the info but in a nutshell. I'm taking donations of the items in the pictures, I have an amazon wish list and I will continue to collect funds on this donation page: https://godberstravel.com/2018/07/05/the-dignity-pack-project/

As with previous projects I will keep you informed on where you donations and funds are spent.

Have a great week and thank you again for supporting me.
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After 2 weeks i've finally managed to put pen to paper (so to speak) and get some blogs up about my experience.

I know i've asked so much of you already, but if I could be cheeky and ask for one my favour I'd appreciate you sharing the blogs on your social media channels. Often pages on facebook get hidden - those good old algorithms!! The best way to get people to see these posts and educate themselves on the situation is for them to be shared and spread virally.

Here's my latest one: https://godberstravel.com/2018/05/11/refugee-journey-to-lesvos/

And the full list of them can be found here: https://godberstravel.com/category/volunteering/

Thanks again and great to see i've got my next £210. I've also started collecting hats and we now have over 60 all ready to be sent out to Lesvos #hats4refugees https://godberstravel.com/2018/05/07/hats4refugees/

If you're interested in collecting hats at your office, local school or nursery please ping me and I will send you a PDF of the poster so you can print them.

Have a great week everyone and thank you!
#hats4refugee Campaign in Full Swing
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