Category: News

Welcoming our Community Volunteers Back!

At All4Aid, we follow a principle of working WITH displaced people, not just FOR them. So, it was our privilege to welcome back some of our community volunteers last week. These are residents of the Mavrovouni Camp on Lesvos who serve with us as translators, assistant teachers, shower operators, laundry operators, seamstresses, and various other roles.
It was really great to be able to spend some time with them, show them our new centre, and talk about the ways we will work together in this new space going forward. Among the community volunteers that we welcomed back were some of our very talented seamstresses who have now resumed working on sewing masks for the Mavrovouni camp residents.
We are very grateful for all that we can do together, while still following all sanitary precautions and COVID-19 related restrictions!

New Centre Construction Update!

Things continue to move forward with the construction of the new All4Aid centre on Lesvos! This week our Greek construction team set up the walls for the shower stalls and poured the cement. They also began to put up drywall to begin to create the shape of our hospitality area: the heart of our women-only area.
Construction work will be completed by the second week of May, at which point our centre will be fully equipped to offer women and girls up to 15.840 kg of laundry and up to 3.872 showers per month. We are looking forward to this new season of All4Aid on Lesvos and continue to be fully committed to serving and working with the people of the Mavrovouni Camp on Lesvos.
If you would like to partner with us in this commitment by contributing towards the construction costs, please click on this link to learn about ways to give. Your generosity and support is really appreciated!

Our Move is Complete!

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.

Remembering Herbert

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.

International Women’s Day

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!

We Have A New Centre!

We have a new centre on Lesvos! Last week we signed the lease on a new property within walking distance from the Mavrovouni Camp – the new space where Moria Camp residents were moved to after the fires on Lesvos.
With a total built-up area of 640 square meters and an outside space of nearly 2.000 square meters, our new property is more than double the size of our current centre. That will allow us to continue and expand the various programmes we offer for women, as well as resume and expand the activities of our children’s learning centre (as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted).
During the month of March we will slowly transition to the new property while still keeping the Moria Centre open. Because of this, the laundry programme we are providing for the camp residents will continue uninterrupted.
We are really excited about the move and are looking forward to what is to come at our new location.

 

 

Re-Starting Laundry

This week the organisation Stand By Me Lesvos has been dropping off and picking up loads of laundry for the residents inside the Mavrovouni Camp on Lesvos. Our long-term team members are here working and facilitating the project. As the strict lockdown continues in Greece we are grateful to be able to help in any way we can and are looking forward to being able to re-open our other projects in the near future.

 

 

Paperwork Support

One of All4Aid’s first initiatives was to provide paperwork support to people seeking asylum in Frankfurt, Germany. We were a small team of volunteers, plus one part-time employee from the Middle East, who assisted those who needed help preparing CV’s, searching for accommodation, filling out job applications and organising translation for medical and legal appointments.

One man we assisted was the director of an NGO in a country where there is little religious freedom. He fled to Germany fearing for his life after the police broke into his office and confiscated his computer and other documents because he was a Christian. Through the financial support of Junta de Missões Mundiais, one of our long-standing partners, we were able to assist this man in Germany and even cover the legal fees for his asylum case.

We just recently heard, that after almost 3 years, our friend has obtained permanent residency! We really valued being able to offer these services in Frankfurt and still love hearing how these small acts of kindness and support have helped people in the long-term.

2020 In Retrospect

As the year draws to a close, we are reminded of and led to reflect on everything we  experienced in 2020 at All4Aid. 

One of the most exciting moments: Seeing the successful implementation of our Resident Volunteer Programme, through which 20 women and girls could serve alongside us at our centre to support their own community in Moria Camp. 

One of the saddest moments: The passing of our dear friend Herbert Keller, one of our long-term team members and former coordinator of the Living Timber Project.

One of the most tense moments: The breakout of violence on Lesvos, which eventually led to our entire team being temporarily evacuated from the island in March.

One of the most frightening moments: Waking up to the news that Moria Camp had been burnt down overnight and not knowing what had happened to our friends and people we knew inside.

One of the happiest moments: Being reunited with our Resident Volunteers after the fires in Moria, knowing that they were safe.

As we look back at 2020, we want to thank you very much for journeying with us through each of these moments and events through your ongoing encouragement, prayers and support!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our team at All4Aid. We hope that today, and over the course of this holiday season, you are able to find joy and happiness despite the challenging year we have all faced collectively. Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to what this next year will bring us at All4Aid.