When All4Aid was founded, we chose to use the word “All” in our name to highlight the ideal of everyone playing a part in responding to the needs of displaced people: friends and supporters at home (through their giving, encouragement and prayers), as well as All4Aid staff, short-term volunteers and the displaced people themselves (through their work on the ground).
Following a great first week of reopening the All4Women Community Centre on Lesvos, Greece, we want to take this opportunity to thank all the amazing people who have contributed to make this reopening possible and share some glimpses from the first week (respecting the privacy of the beneficiaries, as always!). It has been great to see our ideal of everyone working together being materialised through the smooth operations of the laundry, showers and hospitality area in our new centre.
As we look ahead into the future, we look forward to continuing to receive all the support we can get! Whether you would like to give financially, pray for our work, encourage our team, or even come and work with us on the ground — at All4Aid we believe we all can play a part in making our vision of seeing displaced people attain life in all its fullness become a reality!
A glimpse of the shower operations.
Children drawing while waiting for their moms.
Women and girls leaving our centre after taking showers.
Mother and children being welcomed at hospitality area.
Women making appointments for shower and laundry.
All4Aid staff member organising appointments.
Women leaving our centre.
The countdown has begun for the re-opening of our All4Women Centre on Lesvos! Though we have been able to continue our laundry services and to keep the sewing workshop going, we have been waiting for the construction of our new showers to be completed before fully re-opening.
This week, as the Greek construction workers gave the finishing touches in the building, we began training a new group of Community Volunteers in all areas of the Centre, including doing several trial runs on the showers and laundry and explaining our COVID-19 precautions.
Since yesterday we have also been welcoming women and girls wanting to make appointments to use our female-only laundry and shower services next week.
We are very excited and looking forward to fully re-opening the Centre on the 24th of May!
Training on laundry operations.
Women and girls making appointments.
New showers at the All4Women Community Centre.
Construction workers installing new flooring.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the All4Aid Centre on Lesvos! Our team has been working very hard organising, cleaning and carrying boxes, but the move from Moria to our new space closer to the Mavrovouni Camp is finally complete.
The local Greek team of construction workers was able to make quick work of getting our laundry room up and running in our new centre with very minimal interruptions to the laundry services. The walls of our new offices, workshop rooms and children’s classrooms all got a fresh coat of paint!
We remain partially open for the next couple of weeks while construction is finalised for the installation of the shower room, the women’s hospitality area and “the shop”, so that in the near future women and girls are able to shower, fellowship, and choose free clothing and personal hygiene items with dignity.
Today marks one year since the passing of our dear friend and team member, Herbert Keller. Although we can measure the time, we cannot measure the loss.
There have been many times over this past year when we remembered how Herbert constantly inspired us with the way he lived his life and his seemingly endless capacity to love others. He is and will continue to be deeply missed.
Today, as we honour the women in our lives for International Women’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to reflect on all of the women in the world who are displaced. Of the roughly 80 million people displaced, the UNHCR estimates that half are female.
These women and girls are constantly faced with challenges and with difficult choices in order to pursue better futures for themselves and their families.
To all displaced women today, we want to express our admiration for who you are and all that you do. It has been All4Aid’s greatest honour to work alongside you in our programmes. You are nothing short of courageous!