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Founded in 2017 by local Greek citizens of Lesvos Island, Stand By Me Lesvos is a different type of Non Profit. With little funds and based on volunteer’s work we have created a safe, positive space, the Academia, where local Greeks, refugees and international volunteers are all working side by side.

The conditions in the camp in Lesvos have been described as “a kind of hell on earth in Europe”, by Doctors without Borders. The daily reality for hundreds of women and children is violence, food shortages, lack of basic plumbing and hygiene, overcrowded camps, endless lines for food and medical attention, and that’s just a start. Just in walking distance from the notorious and overcrowded Moria we focus on non-formal adult education and empowerment of women offering regular English and Greek courses. In the midst of Olive trees we offer them a place, where they are respected, can fix clothes, just have a chat, get legal consultancy or participate in the various courses and lessons.

The projects of Stand by me Lesvos are focusing on three main targets: Education, Empowerment and Integration.

In Lesvos we are used to empty promises and we are used to standing alone. With a so-called hotspot of 24 000 refugees, the citizens of this island are used to a lot of suffering and hardship. Now, after Turkey opened their borders, and the island dealing with an increase in violence, it has gone silent again due to Lesvos newest arrival, namely coronavirus. The prospect of any large organization coming to the rescue to assist Lesvos with this looming catastrophe is made evident through five years of neglect. Being used to being left alone, Stand By Me Lesvos started to help by setting up local self-organization groups, both on the side of the refugees and on the side of Greek citizens, because we have to face this corona crisis with the local resources we have standing together.

Lesvos and Corona Crisis: “The People Fight Here”
Without help and support from Europe, the last option for the refugees at Camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesvos regarding the Corona crisis, is organising themselves. For that ...
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Another busy day racing against time in Moria
Another busy day racing against time. Within two day (!) we have helped the partners in the camp to set up a volunteer based collection of the rubbish and trying ...
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A race against time to try to keep the virus out of the Moria Camp
It’s a race against time and a fight without any suitable weapons what we are doing here. We only have great people and a team set up in a little ...
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In Greek we have a word Xenos. It is a word with many meanings: stranger, outsider, friend and guest. The deepest meaning of the word can be understood as guest-friend and is a central part of how Greeks understand hospitality, it is part of how we at Stand By Me Lesvos see refugees, as guests, as friends, as people who maybe in transit, but where there is also a reciprocity, a give and take between the two.
We are an independent Non Profit functioning on little funds, however, we are doing all we can in a dire situation and working to make a safe and positive space. A space where we can train and teach refugees as well as advise them on how to reintegrate from the margins of camp life and back into a society where they belong.
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News

EU asks Greece to move migrants most at risk from coronavirus out of crowded camps | reuters.com
The European Union has asked Greece to move migrants most at risk of contracting the coronavirus from overcrowded camps on its Mediterranean islands, the EU’s top migration official told Reuters ...
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You Can’t Practice Social Distancing if You’re a Refugee | foreignpolicy.com
Dasher shares a tent in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley with nine family members, all of them refugees from the Syrian civil war. Around 500 people live in the informal camp. The ...
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Child dies in fire in Greek migrant camp | ekathimerini.com
A young child died in a fire in an overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesvos on Monday, fire brigade officials said. The fire burned through two containers ...
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Immediate evacuation of migrant camps in Greece needed to contain coronavirus, says MSF | euronews.com
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called for the immediate evacuation of migrant camps on Greece’s islands, arguing that the conditions there provide “the perfect storm” for a COVID-19 outbreak. No-one ...
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