When was the last time you went into the supermarket to buy something? Surely you looked at your list, chose the products you were looking for, went to the cashier and paid, right?
This is so automatic in our daily lives that we often don’t stop to reflect that there are countless people who don’t have the opportunity to make choices like this.
Last month we launched a new Food Bank project at the All4Aid Centre on Lesvos, Greece, in order to help meet the food needs of women and their families, and allow them to make choices like this.
This project aims to offer an opportunity for people on the move to have the possibility to choose food of their own. The food bank is similar to a supermarket (except that everything is free), and each woman can select a quantity of food proportional to the size of her family.
Based on our values of providing the possibility of each person making their own choices, this creates another opportunity where they can choose the foods of their preference.Through feedback from the community, we seek to offer foods that are part of the culture and context of their homes. In the month of March, we successfully distributed over 2.200 kg of food using this model to 322 women and families.
If you want to participate and contribute to this project, click on the link in our bio to learn more.
This past week, All4Aid began hosting Ukrainian refugees at our beautiful and newly set up House of Grace, in Romania. This is one of three housing units we have been working hard to set up since the beginning of the crisis, the others being the House of Peace (opening tomorrow) and the House of Hope (a large former kindergarten building for which we received concession of use by the local county to adapt into housing).
Aiming to go above and beyond minimum humanitarian standards, our idea was that our housing units should look, as much as possible, like normal houses, offering a safe and comfortable place of rest and peace for our guests. Accommodation is offered to those who are in transit to another country, but also to those who need a place to stay while they figure out their next steps.
This work is part of our emergency response focusing on accommodation and transportation of Ukrainians, primarily those arriving at the Tulcea border. The number of refugees fleeing Ukraine has just reached 3 million. All4Aid’s response would not be possible without your financial support and the hard work of our workers and short-term volunteers – a big shout out to those serving with us this week from the Canadian Baptist Ministries
and the International Baptist Convention
Check out our Give Page and our Short-Term Volunteers Page to learn more about how you can be a part of this effort by giving and/or by volunteering!
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