Kim's Lesvos Donation Page 2018

£4,801 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 102 people in 5 months

After returning from Lesvos at the end of April where I was able to pass on £3001 I've decided to up the total and continue to fundraise for Humans4Humanity. I'd be delighted if you're able to help.

I've blogged about my experience here: GodbersTravel

A little bit of background

In 2015 I was moved by the refugee crisis on Lesvos. 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 before, 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 in Lesvos today 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. 

Time To Take Action

I spent a week volunteering with Humans4Humanity. We sent some boxes of aid to last year (with your help) to the team there. And i've followed their story for some time. 

Humans 4 Humanity is a startup grassroots non-profit and collective of volunteers. Aimed at relieving suffering and dedicated to the service of vulnerable refugees, that have fled their war-torn countries. They provide maximal emergency humanitarian relief aid, and administer various educational, medical, and women’s empowerment programmes.

Whilst I was there we were able to stock the supermarket, pay for the minibus hire, buy refridgeration and kit out the kitchen. £3000 was more than I could have hoped to raise but it doesn't go far. The rent will need to be paid again, the minibus rental only goes to the end of May and fuel needs to go in the tank.

I've now uped my target to £5000.

If you can't support this amazing NGO financially perhaps you'd consider donating items. We are currently running a #hats4refugee campaign.

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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
Life Jacket Grave Yard
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Hey everyone - i've been home for almost 24hrs and i'm starting to piece together how I tell the story of my week on Lesvos. There are so many stories to tell and I have so much footage and content to share. So please bare with me.

I also wanted to give you two important updates:

Firstly where did all your money go?

In total we raised £3001 this is a phenomenal amount and above and beyond what I could have even imagined.

Here is the break down (and photos of receipts will be on my Words and Warmth facebook page - note the receipts will be in Euros but the figures below will be in £)

£15.59 - Food Shop for Volunteers
£1557 - Food stock for Humans4Humanity free shop
£25.08 - Bananas
£44.87 - Food Shop for Volunteers
£44.00 - Fuel
£281.60 - Freezer
£968.00 - Van Rental for a month

Total Spend: £2936

The final £64 with a top up from me will be going to a female safe space and shower project I worked on whilst in Lesvos. They will be up and running in the next few weeks and i've committed to send them £100 to help make the space extra special once they are up and running. I will let you know once this is complete.

And the second important update what next?

Well...firstly I will be starting a campaign in the next week to collect hats. As we left Moria on Friday we saw a family using the side of a cardboard box with space for their head cut out as shade. I know so many of you will have a hat lying around you never use so watch this space for how you can send me your unwanted hats.

But longer term I will continue to support the House4Humanity project. Over the coming weeks through my stories you will learn and understand as I did what a very special place it is. The strain on them continues especially as the number of boats arriving continue to rise. And funding is a constant struggle.

I will be keeping this donation page open and will commit to specific projects to help keep H4H up and running - this is most definitely not the end.

Finally thank you, for your support, your money and believing in me. Last week Lucy, Amir and I were able to make such a difference and I couldn't have done it without you.

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