Where We Work
All4Aid is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and operates refugee support programmes in various countries categorised as “transit contexts”, such as Greece, Cyprus and, more recently, Romania. Click below to learn more about our work in each location.
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1. NFIs (Non Food Items) Distribution Programme
The Needs: NFIs distribution in relief and development is generally characterised by mass distributions: beneficiaries queue up and are quickly passed items with little consideration given to their age, gender, size number or season of the year; let alone their personal tastes and preferences on colour or type of fabric, for instance.
Our response: At All4Aid, we go against that general trend. Our NFIs distribution Programme is characterised by a relational approach and by a focus on empowering people to choose for themselves what they need and like, so as to value their dignity and individuality.
Highlight: The All4Women Shop on Lesvos follows a dignified approach to the distribution of women’s clothing items and personal hygiene items. Items are displayed as if in a retail shop and women are allowed to come in and choose a certain number of items for free. The Shop is located within a women’s only area of the building, where they feel totally safe and comfortable to check underwear and bras, take feminine pads, try out hijabs, etc.
2. WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Programme
The Needs: Very often refugee camps are not able to meet the UNHCR/SPHERE minimum humanitarian standards (e.g.: 20 people per toilet, 50 people per shower). In such conditions those who suffer the most are women and girls. While men can, for instance, put on some shorts and bathe in the sea or with a bucket in public spaces, culturally speaking, women and girls find it more difficult to do the same.
Our Response: At All4Aid we work to supplement those services and meet the hygiene needs of people in displacement, especially women and girls. We do that, for instance, by setting up female only Laundry Rooms and Shower Rooms near the refugee camp.
Highlight: At the All4Women Centre on Lesvos we offer protected female-only area where women and girls can take a shower with a comfortable standardised temperature and water pressure. All necessary items such as towels, shampoo, etc. are provided. High-quality semi-professional washing of clothes is also offered in our laundry. The quality and temperature of the wash (1h15 cycles on 60°C) is established to help fight skin diseases and illness which are common within in the camp community (e.g.: scabies).
3. Food Security Programme
The Needs: The food security situation is often problematic in refugee camps in transit contexts. It is not uncommon that food is distributed in an unequal way, with little consideration given to the number of members within a family or their age. It is also not uncommon that the quality of the food is low. Especially when large quantities of ready meals are delivered by third-party contractors without an inspection or supervision.
Our Response: At All4Aid we help address the food insecurity issue in refugee camp communities by establishing a choice model dry food foodbank .
Highlight: All4Aid’s Dry Food Foodbank provides food primarily for selected vulnerable (e.g.: single women, female headed households, etc.). Tickets are distributed and vulnerable asylum seekers come on a bi-weekly basis to collect basic non-perishable food items. The quantity is determined in line with the size of the household. We follow a “choice model”, allowing beneficiaries to select their food items in order to create a sense of dignity and autonomy in an environment where people are generally given very little choices.
4. Education & Workshops Programme
The Needs: In most transit contexts refugee children miss one or two years of school because the host country public school system will not take them, or cannot fully support them in learning the host country language and in their process of adapting to a new educational system.
Our Response: Besides offering various training and workshop opportunities for adults (e.g.: sewing, woodworking, Language Classes, discussion groups, arts & crafts, etc.), All4Aid also offers educational programme for children (All4Kids) to complement and support their learning process.
Highlight: The All4Kids Learning Centre on Lesvos is a trauma informed, non-formal educational programme for children ages 7-12, that serves as a complement to formal schooling. The programme focuses on supporting the learning of core and foundation subjects, such as: Maths, Languages, Arts, Music, and Physical Education. This programme is currently paused because of COVID-19 Restrictions on allowing children to leave the camp and gather together in our classroom.
Key Partners & Supporters
These are some of the key organisations and churches that support our work by sharing expertise, providing funds, offering prayer support, sending volunteers, etc. The level and type of support is different in each case.
Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN, whose mission is to love God, love one another and serve the world. They support All4Aid through prayers, finances and volunteers.