Nicolas Lozano-Landinez, volunteer for Drop in the Ocean, shares his experiences as volunteer in Skaramangas refugee camp in Greece. From July to September, he volunteered at the Skaramangas Refugee Camp. This is a state-sanctioned camp 30 minutes west of Athens that provides shelter for refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, and Pakistan.
Mother and child priority in the refugee camps. Reporting from Skaramagas:
A huge number of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq arrived by boat to the Greek islands last year. And they still arrive. An important part of the refugees are mothers and children. A year ago, when they arrived on the shores of the Greek coast, few of them imagined that, one year later, they are still stranded in Greece! Therefore “a Drop in the Ocean” wish to establish different activities and services for mother and child in the camps. We need financial support to realise these plans.
From William Bendt, coordinator in Athens:
There are still somewhere roughly three thousand people staying in the port of Pireaus. Our Drop in the Ocean team here remains busy cooking food, maintaining the showers, distributing non-food items and tea as well as organising sports activities on a daily basis. We’re also glad to announce that as of yesterday we’ve set up a more welcoming space for our children’s activities. Every day we draw, skip ropes and play games with the little ones in the camp whom otherwise face long, hot days of boredom and naturally find it hard to contain their energy.