Thank you – emergency fundraiser

THANK YOU for your recent donations for emergency aid in Lesvos.

The recent horrific fire in Moria Camp on the island of Lesvos this September, which has displaced more than 12,500 asylum seekers, has highlighted the ongoing pain and suffering of refugees on the Aegean Islands. 

Volunteers from Road to Hope have been in contact with colleagues on Lesvos to establish the immediate needs in the wake of this tragedy. In order to support emergency aid efforts, €2,000 was provided from existing Road to Hope funds in the days after the fire directly to grassroots organisations.

Our subsequent fundraiser, “Road to Hope- Lesvos Emergency Fund” on gofundme, was set up on September 13th to provide continued assistance to these volunteer groups providing aid on Lesvos. It has raised the amazing sum of €3,815 thanks to all contributors. 

The funds are being allocated as follows:

The Hope Project: This small group led by Lesvos residents Philippa & Eric Kempson has been assisting new arrivals since 2015. They are currently supplying tents, sleeping bags and other basic necessities.

refugees4refugees: Run by refugees and international volunteers, this group provides food distribution and support & protection for unaccompanied minors, as well as camp clean ups.

Wave of Hope: This group is led by refugees and asylum seekers who lived in Moria camp. As well as providing language and literacy classes, they now provide food, water  and basic hygiene products to those displaced by the fire.

RAD Music (Refugees African Dance music): These camp residents normally provide covid awareness among asylum seekers in addition to musical performances and workshops. They have adapted their activities and are supplying food to those displaced.

The fundraiser has now been closed, and the money will be sent directly to the above organisations. If you wish to make a further donation, this can be made to Road to Hope at https://roadtohope.ie/donate/

Once again, many thanks to all who have contributed or supported in any way. As well as helping to provide the most basic needs at this time, the show of solidarity is hugely important in bringing hope to those struggling in inhumane conditions on the Greek islands.

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