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Our Story

Founded in 2017 by local Greek citizens of Lesvos Island, Stand By Me Lesvos is a different type of Non Profit. With little funds we have created a safe, positive space, where local Greeks, refugees and international team members are all working side by side, just in walking distance from the overcrowded Moria.
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Get Together

While international NGOs come and go, we live here in Lesvos. Our commitment is for the long term, focusing on three main targets: Education, Empowerment and Integration. We collaborate with Greek locals, Moria camp residents and international team members, because we can only face this situation standing together.
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Moria, Europe

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.

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Going On

Lesvos says no to corona - OXI! Every Greek knows what oxi-day means. On the 28th of October 1940 Greeks and Albanians, two of Europe's poorest nations, defeated the italian army, and they did it by sheer belief and conviction. With the same spirit, we are trying to confront the fight head on with the tools that we have. Young refugees - Afghans, Syrians, Congolese, people from all over the world try to do the unthinkable - find ways to deal with this pandemic threat within an area where no WHO-advice against COVID-19 can be followed. The camp is totally overcrowded, it has no proper water supply, it is filled with garbage and thousands of people live in improvised tents. So this is our message to Europe: Lesvos might stand alone, but nothing is lost, - and it is not too late to show solidarity!

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Our latest activities and co-operations
Beach Cleaning Every year before summer season the volunteers department of the Municipality calls for Volunteers to help cleaning the beaches. We support this call and some refugees we work ...
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A second letter to Europe from Moria camp in corona times
Our partners from the camp, the Moria Corona Awareness Team and the Moria White Helmets wrote a second letter to Europe, after their first one was published in many major ...
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The threat of Coronavirus is not at all over
Busy days in our office. Sewing machines and clothes arrived from Germany to be distributed to mask factories both in the camp and to our Greek partners. Then the new ...
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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. Be a part of Stand By Me Lesvos by supporting us.

News & Press Review

Greece ready to welcome tourists as refugees stay locked down in Lesbos | theguardian.com
Children fly kites between tents in the shadow of barbed wire fences as life continues in Europe’s largest refugee camp. There are 17,421 people living here in a space designed for just under 3,000. Residents carrying liquid soap and water barrels encourage everyone to ...
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Aid workers face new tests and challenges from the coronavirus | equaltimes.org
On the small Greek island of Lesvos (also known as Lesbos), 21,000 people are crowded into the Moria camp, which was originally designed for 3,000 refugees. With no electricity and no drinking water, it meets all the criteria for the site of a rapid ...
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Two migrants in Lesvos test positive for coronavirus | ekathimerini.com
Two migrants who reached the northeastern island of Lesvos on May 6 have tested positive for coronavirus, according to sources. The new patients are residing in a camp in Megales Thermes, where new arrivals remain in quarantine for 14 days as part of the ...
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Παράδοση μασκών και ασπίδων προστασίας στο Δήμαρχο Μυτιλήνης | mytilene.gr
Με πρωτοβουλία της Δευτεροβάθμιας Σχολικής Επιτροπής παρεδόθησαν σήμερα στον Δήμαρχο Μυτιλήνης, Στρατή Κύτελη, 100 πάνινες μάσκες και 15 ασπίδες για τους υπαλλήλους του Δήμου με προοπτική να συνεχισθεί η δράση αυτή και τις επόμενες ημέρες. Παράλληλα, έγινε μια πλήρης ενημέρωση στον Δήμαρχο για το ...
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