Isoboxes for Food Storage, Mothers, and Asylum interviews
Over 51 thousand refugees are currently stranded in Greece. With the Macedonian border closed, Both official and unofficial "camps" have been setup in Greece. Conditions in these camps vary, but are very primitive--consisting of camping tents with no floors.
Sea of Solidarity has been working with volunteers in a couple of camps. We have focused most of our efforts on Ritsona and Oinofyta.
Ritsona is an old abandoned army base, with fields near woods. There are 800-1000 refugees now living there.
There are over 27 pregnant women at Ritsona, many new mothers, and over 235 children. Setting up structures for the pregnant and nursing women to get them off the dirt floors, out of the sun, and into a cleanable environment is something we see as critical for their health.
We have gotten permission from the Army Colonel who oversees the camp to put in several Isoboxes. Isoboxes are converted shipping containers that are made in Greece, come in various configurations, and can be locked. In November, we purchased an Isobox for food storage to keep the supplies in Lesvos secured and out of the rain. Pictures here show it being installed. Ryann Harries (aka The Volunteer Cook) installed shelving and really made great use of that Isobox.
This infrastructure is needed for food storage, an air conditioned community room for pregnant women, new mothers and their babies and for asylum interviews. We have already ordered 2 Isoboxes for Ritsona for food and maternity community center, and they will be delivered in late April. We need your help to expand the program for Oinofyta and for the asylum interviews.
Our goal is to get 3 Isoboxes for camps like Ritsona.
At Oinofyta, there are approximately 2000 refugees. We are looking to put a few Isoboxes at that camp as well for the same purposes: Food storage, maternity center, and asylum interviews.