Author: RodrigoAssis

Spa Treatments – Lesvos, Greece

Who does not like a nice spa treatment?

This week, we started a pilot service providing spa treatments for women and girls at our Centre on Lesvos. We started with foot washing, foot massage and foot exfoliation. The idea of the pilot is to provide a few treatments for some time, see what people like the most and evaluate which treatments we could offer on an ongoing basis.

From the beginning, our goal for our Centre on Lesvos has been to be much more than a shower and laundry facility, a FoodBank and a Shop for distribution of clothing and hygiene items. We have always been committed to make our Centre on Lesvos a place of temporary rest and peace, a place where especially women and girls feel welcomed, supported and loved. 

The spa treatments are just another way to demonstrate our love. Starting with foot washing is just a way to symbolically exhibit our commitment to serve humbly (one of our core values). 

Would you like to serve with us on Lesvos? Do you have the skills to do massage, hair cuts, nail polish or any other spa and beauty treatments or even just a heart to serve in any other capacity? Visit the link in our bio to see our volunteer opportunities. We would love to hear from you!


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More Housing for Ukrainian Refugees

Ukrainian Refugee Response – Bucharest, Romania.
When one of our team members realised that House of Grace, one of our houses for Ukrainian refugees in Bucharest, had a high roof and a loft in need of much care, he asked if we could convert the space into an apartment. That way, we would be able to house even more Ukrainian guests.
Last month, the loft apartment was finally completed. We could barely believe the transformation! See for yourself the before and after photos.
A special part of this remodelling process was that we were able to get feedback from our guests throughout the process. For example, the double beds were placed at the request of many moms whose children were too frightened to sleep alone in their own beds.

Food Brought into Ukraine Weekly

Our Ukrainian Refugee Response programme continues at full speed! Besides managing three houses for Ukrainian refugees in Bucharest, the All4Aid team in Romania continues to personally take 6.000,00 Euros worth of food into Ukraine on a weekly basis.

All4Aid has an agreement with a local wholesaler which takes our list of food items, organises the food in pallets, and even helps loading the food into our vehicles. Our team then drives the food into Ukraine, a trip that involves a long drive, a ferry crossing, going through customs, and normally takes 24 hours to be completed.

The food is brought directly to our partners; churches in Ukraine that use their buildings as distribution centres to feed the community around them. Every week they tell us what items they need and we bring it for them. Initially our Ukrainian partners were able to drive to a village near the Ukrainian border and we handed over the food items to them there.

However, in the past few weeks there has been a shortage of fuel in Ukraine. So, our team has been driving into Ukraine all the way to the church buildings, which has significantly increased our risks. Please continue to pray for the safety of our team and for the safety of our Ukrainian partners involved in this operation each week.





World Refugee Day 2022

In the past weeks, we have watched as the UNHCR has announced that the world has officially surpassed 100 million displaced people. Today, on World Refugee Day, we want to not only reaffirm that we stand with refugees, but also to reflect with you what standing with refugees can look like. 

At All4Aid, standing with refugees can look like a variety of things. Whether it is welcoming a single mom at our Food Bank on Lesvos, providing shelter for a Ukrainian family in Bucharest, or getting new clothes into the hands of displaced men and women on Cyprus, we strive daily to see refugees attaining life in all its fullness. 

How do you personally stand with refugees? What does standing with refugees look like in your community? Feel free to click in our social media icons below and use the comments in our Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin to share any ideas and insights.

New Space for FoodBank – Cyprus

We have redesigned our food distribution programme at our Community Centre in Cyprus! Over the past few months, our team on the ground has put in time and effort not only to move the food distribution to a new space inside the Community Centre but also to transition into a new food distribution model.

The new choice model allows those whom we serve to freely choose the foods that best suit their wants and needs directly from the shelves, as if they were in a normal supermarket. We are excited to see the response from visitors and how the programme continues to grow.

We are thankful for all the support we are receiving for the FoodBank Programme in Cyprus and for the other All4Aid initiatives!




Third House for Ukrainian Refugees Completed

Great work continues to go on in Romania in support of Ukrainian refugees! Last month, we completed the setup of our third and largest housing unit in Bucharest: the House of Hope. Following our principle of working with refugees, and not only for refugees, we even invited the Ukrainians staying at the other All4Aid houses to come and help. They gladly assembled beds, fixed curtains and did many other jobs to help make House of Hope a beautiful and comfortable place for the new Ukrainian refugees who are now living there.

With several rooms spread over more than 250 sqm of living space, the House of Hope is able to comfortably accommodate 40 refugees, the vast majority of whom are women and children. The house offers bedrooms with proper beds and beddings, a good number of bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room, as well as a common area / living room. In the area outside there is even a playground for the children.

We are very grateful for all the prayers, encouragement, financial donations and volunteering support we have received to make our work with Ukrainian refugees possible! The houses are basically set up but the work is far from over! We still need your support in this new phase of the work as we manage the houses, provide food for our guests and offer them help with transportation.




Bringing Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine

Yesterday All4Aid’s team made a trip from Romania across the border into Ukraine with nearly 3.000 kg of food and hygiene supplies. This was the second trip, after a successful test run last week.

As a humanitarian organisation officially registered with the border authorities, All4Aid is authorised to bring aid into Ukraine and even determine where in the country the supplies should go and who should distribute them.

All the food and supplies we bring are being handed over to partners on the ground where help is most needed. They are primarily two local churches in Petrivka and Izmail, which are acting as distribution centres for the community around them.

We want to say a big thanks to our friends from the Spanish Christian NGO Nueva Vida Mosaico for financially sponsoring this trip and even joining our team on the trip to Ukraine. Our plan now is to bring aid into Ukraine once a week.

We are so thankful to be able to partner with people across the globe and people inside Ukraine to make all of this work possible. Go to the link in our bio to find out how you can be a part of the effort!