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.
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!
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.
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.
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!