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Update situation camp Moria: NOS newshour has given an update on the critical situation on the Greece camp Moria. One of the refugees, already living 1.5 years in the camp, commented: “The camp feels like a prison, or worse: like hell”.

The article continues about the actual situation: “There are no showers, the only toilets available are unusable, and every morning they share half an hour of food for about 1,000 people, but there are 6,000 people in Moria, so many of them do not get food.”

Perspective for the refugees

According to the refugee deal between the European Union and Turkey, migrants who are not granted asylum are being sent back to Turkey. But they must first wait for an assessment from the Greek authorities. It can take years before it is processed. 

Help is needed. It may takes years before the authorities take action. You can help to make a small donation to make the situation a little bit more human.

Photocredit: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters, from NRC (Lesbos can no longer accommodate refugees). 

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Saturday night, December 9th, Pieter, Dinne and I took a big step. The situation in Camp Moria is crying out for change.  We decided to stop standing by and to set up ShowerPower instead.  I realise that this undertaking is going to be different from all the other times I worked as a volunteer with refugees either in Athens or on Lesbos.    It requires commitment and the willingness to sacrifice a part of our private life.

I have experienced the importance of others being there for you in a situation of crisis myself.  When a fellow human being is with you in your pain, you feel that the other is somehow carrying you.  I have also felt the extraordinary privilege of being able to offer help, not with material wealth but with the ability to look someone in the eye and recognise another human being.

 

It is so heartwarming to discover that in such a short time span so many people are connecting with ShowerPower and showing their willingness to help in whatever way they can.  The feeling that together you can actually do something gives energy!  In spite of all the sorrow in the world, beautiful things do happen and that gives me joy.

 

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Taking a shower in a safe place

For transportation to and from the camp, ShowerPower and Allied Aid have invested in a 9 person minivan. The house is open to welcome women and children from Tuesday till Sunday.

More than 12.000 women and children have already taken a shower here!

COSY GREEK HOUSE

The cosy old Greek house counts three bathrooms. We want to create an intimate atmosphere where people can feel safe. We are currently working hard to found a second bathhouse for women. ShowerPower would also love to provide hot showers to men and boys in a different bathhouse. The goal is to provide likewise facilitations on different locations in the future.

TICKETS

EuroRelief – an organisation that is active within camp Moria – hands out shower tickets on behalf of ShowerPower. This brings order and serenity when the ladies are picked up at the ShowerPower ‘bus stop’.

PRECIOUS PEOPLE

On a  daily basis, ShowerPower welcomes 25 to 30 people to take a hot shower. This has proven to be beneficial to our guests from camp Moria. At ShowerPower they can enjoy a relaxing moment full of personal attention, where they are treated like the precious people they are.

TEAM HELPS WHERE NEEDED

Volunteers welcome our guests the way they would welcome their own friends at home. They will look after the children while the mothers shower. They can help where is needed, pour out hot tea or soup, play, listen, talk (sometimes with hands and feet) or sing. Then they bring the guests back to Moria and prepare the ShowerPower house for the next group.

To keep the bathhouse running, ShowerPower depends completely on donations. Read more about this in our policy plan.

Together we can do it!

Do you want to donate?

Do you want to volunteer?                                     Have a look at our FaceBook page

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Update situation camp Moria: NOS newshour has given an update on the critical situation on the Greece camp Moria. One of the refugees, already living 1.5 years in the camp, commented: “The camp feels like a prison, or worse: like hell”.

The article continues about the actual situation: “There are no showers, the only toilets available are unusable, and every morning they share half an hour of food for about 1,000 people, but there are 6,000 people in Moria, so many of them do not get food.”

Perspective for the refugees

According to the refugee deal between the European Union and Turkey, migrants who are not granted asylum are being sent back to Turkey. But they must first wait for an assessment from the Greek authorities. It can take years before it is processed. 

Help is needed. It may takes years before the authorities take action. You can help to make a small donation to make the situation a little bit more human.

Photocredit: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters, from NRC (Lesbos can no longer accommodate refugees). 

Follow News of ShowerPower on Our Facebook Page


Saturday night, December 9th, Pieter, Dinne and I took a big step. The situation in Camp Moria is crying out for change.  We decided to stop standing by and to set up ShowerPower instead.  I realise that this undertaking is going to be different from all the other times I worked as a volunteer with refugees either in Athens or on Lesbos.    It requires commitment and the willingness to sacrifice a part of our private life.

I have experienced the importance of others being there for you in a situation of crisis myself.  When a fellow human being is with you in your pain, you feel that the other is somehow carrying you.  I have also felt the extraordinary privilege of being able to offer help, not with material wealth but with the ability to look someone in the eye and recognise another human being.

 

It is so heartwarming to discover that in such a short time span so many people are connecting with ShowerPower and showing their willingness to help in whatever way they can.  The feeling that together you can actually do something gives energy!  In spite of all the sorrow in the world, beautiful things do happen and that gives me joy.

 

Logo Stichting ShowerPower

 

Taking a shower in a safe place

For transportation to and from the camp, ShowerPower and Allied Aid have invested in a 9 person minivan. The house is open to welcome women and children from Tuesday till Sunday.

More than 12.000 women and children have already taken a shower here!

COSY GREEK HOUSE

The cosy old Greek house counts three bathrooms. We want to create an intimate atmosphere where people can feel safe. We are currently working hard to found a second bathhouse for women. ShowerPower would also love to provide hot showers to men and boys in a different bathhouse. The goal is to provide likewise facilitations on different locations in the future.

TICKETS

EuroRelief – an organisation that is active within camp Moria – hands out shower tickets on behalf of ShowerPower. This brings order and serenity when the ladies are picked up at the ShowerPower ‘bus stop’.

PRECIOUS PEOPLE

On a  daily basis, ShowerPower welcomes 25 to 30 people to take a hot shower. This has proven to be beneficial to our guests from camp Moria. At ShowerPower they can enjoy a relaxing moment full of personal attention, where they are treated like the precious people they are.

TEAM HELPS WHERE NEEDED

Volunteers welcome our guests the way they would welcome their own friends at home. They will look after the children while the mothers shower. They can help where is needed, pour out hot tea or soup, play, listen, talk (sometimes with hands and feet) or sing. Then they bring the guests back to Moria and prepare the ShowerPower house for the next group.

To keep the bathhouse running, ShowerPower depends completely on donations. Read more about this in our policy plan.

Together we can do it!

Do you want to donate?

Do you want to volunteer?                                     Have a look at our FaceBook page

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