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Christmas distribution

Christmas distribution

Merry Xmas to everyone under 18 years in the camp. Yesterday was probably one of the largest one day distribution in the camp since September all done by refugees for refugees. 2500 Christmas parcels packed individually in Germany and Austria and shipped to Lesvos were given out. Sorted for newborns, toddlers, children and teenagers, boys and girls. During the last weeks our partners in the camp listed everyone in each tent and the distributed accordingly. Unfortunately due to Corona the trucks arrived a day too late so everything had to be done yesterday (except of ca. 300 remaining parcels they…
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Education and Neutrality

Education and Neutrality

A Statement from Stand by me Lesvos. Stand by me Lesvos considers itself as an organization with the main focus on education. Since 2018 thousands of refugees joined our classes. We strongly believe in the power of education and also know how lot’s of refugees are longing to learn and study while they are awaiting their asylum process. We always followed a very simple, but efficient rule: Education should be neutral, respecting all the various faiths and religions of the camp residents and not force any on them. Lot’s of people fled because they were prosecuted for their beliefs, be…
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Distribution progress

Distribution progress

After the big fire in Lesvos, we received massive support from Germany and other places too of things to support and distribute to the people; everything from clothes and hygiene items, to food, to sleeping bags and tents. Then we found out that so many other organizations had also made calls for support and had received clothes, hygiene, sleeping bags and tents too. Because of this internal lack of communication and mismanagement between organizations, then the island Lesvos ended up with thousands of sleeping bags, tents and hundreds of kilos of clothes which were simply not needed here. At first…
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Fire in Samos: help on the way

Fire in Samos: help on the way

Last night big parts of Samos camp burned down. As far as we know from our partners there no one was killed or severly injured but once more thousands are homeless. We know this situation from Lesvos and we know urgent help is needed now. We have our local partners there Just Action and Samos Academia we trust and who are doing great work. In a crisis there is not much time for talking, but doing. This what we believe in. The first package for Samos emergency is done and will leave. This is what we could manage in our…
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