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Celebrating Families: Mothers & Babies Care in Cyprus

This International Day of Families, we’d like to shine a spotlight on our Mothers & Babies Care programme in Cyprus. 

Building Strong Foundations!

Through our programme we build relationships with pregnant women, listen to their concerns, and empower them to advocate for themselves during childbirth. We also share practical information about pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care.

Practical Support for Mothers!

We equip women with hospital bags containing essential items for themselves and their babies. We also provide crucial emotional support; many women come from backgrounds with extensive family support for childcare. In Cyprus, they may feel isolated, but we are there for them!

The Power of Play!

Our weekly playgroup offers a safe space for mothers to connect, share experiences, and relax. While children play with toys, games and sing songs, mothers can receive guidance and support navigating motherhood in a new cultural environment.

More Than Just a Programme!

The Mothers & Babies Care Programme fosters a sense of community and belonging for refugee families. We witness the formation of special bonds between mothers and their children, and also between mothers themselves.

Join Us in Making a Difference!

Your financial support allows us to continue this vital Care Programme. Together, we can help create an environment where refugee families in Cyprus feel supported and empowered, regardless of background.

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Ball Pit

At the All4Aid Community Centre on Lesvos we always try to offer activities for the  children to do, especially while their mothers are busy taking showers, doing laundry and collecting food in our FoodBank. Sometimes these activities are something more educational that helps the children to learn and develop. Some other times, these activities are something more fun that brings joy to the children and some level of distraction from the everyday life in camp.

As a new addition to our set of activities, we have now at our centre on Lesvos a ball pit for our toddlers! It’s so much fun to see the smiles and the excitement on their faces! In moments like this we remember you, our dear supporters, with gratitude. Thank you for volunteering with us and for your financial donations. It is your partnership and support that enable us to put these smiles on their faces.

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Shopping for Refugees

Socks, tooth brushes, laundry pegs, bras, plates, cups; we make it a point  to purchase on Lesvos many of the items we distribute to refugees. That way we support local businesses while at the same time providing refugee women and families with essential items they need. 

This picture shows part of our Shop on Lesvos where non-food items are made available for distribution in a dignified way and collected by refugees for free. All of these items can make the lives of the refugees just a little bit better. It is your donations that make this possible! Thank you!

Consider giving today to help refugees receive these essential items!

Click on the link in our bio for more information on how to give.

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Spa Programme Lesvos

In our centre on Lesvos we have a women and girls only community area. Within that, off to the side, we have a cosy room with dimmed lights and calm music playing. This is our Spa Room, where refugee women can receive a foot massage session from one of our volunteers. 

If the women like, we wash and peel their feet. Then we start with a gentle massage of the feet and legs. The women have the chance to relax and breathe without distractions. Sometimes they are so relaxed in this safe space that they fall asleep. Many other times the massage session offers the chance for All4Aid volunteers and refugee women to get to know each other, have heart-to-heart conversations and share personal stories. 

One of our volunteers shared this story: “As I asked her to remove her shoes and started washing and massaging her feet, there were quiet tears coming down her face. I asked if she was okay. She said she was just overwhelmed with gratitude. She said that in months since she fled her country, this was the first time that she really felt cared for and loved by someone…” 

We are happy that in our centre people can experience love and care in such a special and humbling way. What about you? Have you ever washed someone’s feet? Let us know in the comments!

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Community Volunteers

All4Aid works with and alongside refugees. We do not only provide services for them but also intentionally make space for them to become a part of our mission to support their own refugee community. Community Volunteers are refugees who decide to serve as part of  our All4Aid team at one of our Community Centres.

While the women on Lesvos wait at camp for any news on their asylum process their days go by with not very much to do. This whole process takes a great toll on the women mentally and also physically. Serving at All4Aid helps them to have a sense of purpose; they feel useful and valued as they use their experience and skills and also feel that they are growing and developing as they learn new skills. 

The jobs Community Volunteers do will vary.  It may be doing the women’s and girls hair or nails, running showers, playing with the children or serving at the Food Bank or Women’s Shop. They also help with communication and with administrative work at the office. 

“I have been happy and feel liberated since I started working at All4Aid. I no longer sit in my tent all day and wait, but I have a purpose in life.” 

“It’s good because I can work and then I don’t think so much. If I have nothing to do, I wait for my asylum application decision and then I have a lot of stress again. And I love the All4Aid team, they always help me.”

We are very grateful to work side by side with our Community Volunteers to help and learn from each other. 

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Babies and Toddlers Playgroup in Cyprus

Another part of our Mothers & Babies Care Program in Cyprus is the babies and toddlers playgroup that we run once a week. 

Together with the mothers and their children we have a little snack time where we prepare some fruit, vegetable sticks, crackers and cookies or things from the bakery with coffee and tea. If there’s a birthday that we know about we will bake a cake! We have different areas with toys, games and puzzles for the kids and spend some time where we engage interactively. We sing songs together and play games with the children. 

Even in this informal setting, we are always ready to offer the mothers some help and guidance on topics around parenthood and child raising in this new cultural environment where they can feel quite alone. They often come from a background where the extended family (and sometimes even the whole village offers support with raising a child). Now in Cyprus they are confronted with new ways of raising their children, and much less support. 

The aim of this group is to bring refugee mothers together, for them to exchange experiences, connect with one another and also relax, as the children are otherwise entertained for a little while. 

At the end of our playgroup session we often sing: “he’s got the whole world in his hands”, naming every child that is present, giving them a special moment. Please join us in prayer for the refugee children and their families that we serve here in Cyprus!

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Mother and Baby Care Program Cyprus

The Mothers & Babies Care is one of the most impactful programmes we run in Cyprus. Pregnant refugee women are often sent to us by word of mouth and we build a relationship with them both at our centre and through home visits, if they like it. These visits allow us to talk privately and hear their expectations and fears on giving birth in a different country. 

One of our main tasks is simply to share information and encourage pregnant women, so they can stand up for themselves and know that their opinion, wants and questions are valuable and should be heard, especially when at the  hospital giving birth. Our team also shares some practical tips with the women (especially those who are having a child for the first time), for instance, discussing with them the three most important things that a baby needs: safety, nourishment (breast milk, if possible) and love. 

Hospital bags are another part of our program: before the pregnant women go to the hospital to give birth they receive a bag with a nightgown, hygiene articles, a towel, clothing and diapers for the baby. When the baby is born they receive another gift that is diapers, a new clothing set for the newborn and a toy. 

The women really appreciate our support and care during pregnancy and in motherhood. Many special bonds have been formed through this ministry over the past years. And this has only been possible through your support! Please continue to send your donations so that we can purchase the contents for the hospital bags and please keep praying for these refugee women and for safe deliveries!

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Women’s Shop Lesvos

One of our main programmes on Lesvos is our  Shop, where we offer women’s clothing and children’s clothing. There are also some shelves with hygiene items and things they can use in their dwellings like cups and plates. Some things are in little bundles, like laundry pegs or hair bands which they can also receive as one item. 

At our center’s reception the women get a ticket stating their name and exactly how many items they may choose (according to the number of people in their family). They then  enter the Shop in small groups to look around and check what items they would like to choose. All items are handed out for free. 

Many refugees arrive on the island of Lesvos only with the clothes they are wearing and very few belongings. The items we offer at the Shop are meant to meet some of their great needs and  help them in their everyday life.

Following our concept to care for refugees but also support the local economy, nearly 100% of the items  we offer in our shop are bought from local vendors on Lesvos. It is your financial donations that make it possible for us to give the women these essential items  that play a part in restoring their dignity. To give today, go to: all4aid.org/give.

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Being Creative Together

Women and girls come to All4Aid’s centre in Lesvos to shower, wash their clothes or simply  to get a little break from life inside the camp.  In our community hospitality area they can drink tea, sit together and crochet for example. We always have some balls of yarn available for them. They can relax and do their nails, dry and straighten their hair if they like. Volunteers can offer to braid hair or learn new ways of doing hair. We also try to offer a variety of fun engaging activities such as making jewellery together.  It is very special for them to receive something pretty like an earring to take back to their dwelling. It is a rewarding experience to give and receive from each other. 

Do you have any skills you would like to share? We would love to have you join us for a volunteer experience of your own! Are you interested?

Click the button “get involved” up top for more information.

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Networking Event in Cyprus

Two weeks ago some of the members of All4Aid were invited to speak at a networking event entitled Bridging Services in Cyprus. 

Our Head of Operations in Cyprus was able to share his experience of workilinlng with refugees and talk about All4Aid’s programmes, opportunities and challenges . 

The main purpose of the event was to facilitate networking between organisations operating across Cyprus and to enable an exchange of experiences. 

We at All4Aid are really grateful to be part of networks that support displaced people and  collaborate with one another to make their lives better. Your donations also help our work immensely.

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