ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
The fires of September 8 and 9, which meant the definitive end of refugee camp Moria on Lesvos as it was, also ended definitively the activities of ShowerPower in its old form.
From the end of 2017 until the beginning of March 2020 the volunteers of ShowerPower received more than 20.000 women and children in the safe house on Lesvos. Doing so, the mission of the foundation took shape; returning dignity to people who have to find a way to survive in camps under inhumane conditions.
As from March 2020 the safe house has been temporarily closed as a consequence of a) the reactionary violence against refugees and volunteers and b) by the lockdown because of COVID 19. From that moment on ShowerPower has financially supported mainly Greek NGOs who were still operational.
After the fires a new, closed camp has been set up in a hurry. The people who stay there are not allowed to leave the camp and NGOs are not or only sparingly admitted. In addition Covid 19 is still playing an important role and ShowerPower does not want to be the cause of a further spread of the virus.
In the meantime, we started to beef-up our financial support of local NGOs that are able to deliver some relief to the trapped refugees. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.
At the start of September the foundation went looking for alternatives to give shape to her mission after it had become clear that the old construction did not work anymore. From that moment on the board has been considering legal actions to denounce the European refugee policy with an independent judge. The aim is to test the policy, which leads to dehumanisation, to existing laws, international treaties and agreements. Because: enough is enough.
ShowerPower is a small foundation that is mainly good at being nice to our fellow human beings. The legal way is something else, it is a complex way and a matter of patience, which eventually will serve our mission. The field of action has changed and therefore it is wise to seek support from experienced experts, lawyers, strategists, communication experts and back office specialists.
ShowerPower is supported by a large network of donors, former volunteers, sympathisers and fellow NGOs who all agree: enough is enough. They will help us to create a large public support and to acquire the necessary funds.
The fires in Moria have not changed our mission: the restoration of human dignity, but they have made definite our new form. The board considers ShowerPower’s new course as inevitable, irreversible and serving the mission.
SYRIAN RO-LA: “CAMP MORIA IS HELL”
‘In Camp Moria on Lesvos you don’t find a safe shower, life is hell,’ says Ro-La, a young woman from Syria. Ro-La fled for safety and eventually ended up in Camp Moria. ‘By a long way, not enough toilets and showers for some five thousand people and often no water. So if you do get the chance to shower, you come out filthier than you go in’
SHOWERS FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
The harrowing circumstances in camp Moria and the neighboring Olive Grove were the motive to found ShowerPower. ShowerPower provides warm and clean showers in a cozy home environment. Shower Power gives women and children warm and clean showers in a homely environment where they can feel safe.
Even more than just a place with a hot shower, the house is a safe house. Women and children can get a break from their terrible life in the camp. Tea is provided, fruit and soup are offered and attention is paid to the children.
From the start of the project in February 2018 almost 20,000 women and children made use of the showers.
Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody!
Read all about refugees on Lesvos in Camp Moria.
This is how refugees live in camp Moria at Lesvos island Greece