Vathy refugee camp
With around 4,000 people living in a camp that was originally designed for only 648, the Vathy hotspot on Samos is among the most overcrowded camps in Greece.
Camp residents live in tents or makeshift huts, and their basic needs are not covered. People lack access to washing facilities, nutritious food, shelter, and health care. Samos’ winters are particularly harsh and rainy, and the cold season further deteriorates the situation. Given these inhumane camp conditions and the sometimes year-long waits for the processing of people’s asylum application, frustrations and tensions are high.
Who lives in Vathy camp?
- There are more than 3,100 people in the camp
- 19% are women and 21% are children
- 33% of residents are from Syria
- 23% are from Afghanistan
- 14% from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 6% from Iraq and 4% from The Gambia
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – February 2021
What does A Drop in the Ocean do on Samos?
Our main focus on Samos is distributing necessary items to people living in Vathy refugee camp.
A Drop in the Ocean has a team on the ground consisting of experienced coordinators, international- and community volunteer field workers.
Our program activities:
Our team distribute much needed items such as winter clothes, diapers, hygiene products, blankets, and sleeping bags to people in Vathy refugee camp. We collaborate with other non-governmental organisations when needed.
- Free shop
We store clothes and shoes in a warehouse outside Vathy camp. At the warehouse, our field workers sort items before they are distributed inside and outside of the camp. We also have a free shop where residents of Vathy camp can find what they need in a dignified manner.
Due to the situation of Covid-19, changes to the activities might occur. We always ensure infection prevention by following various infection control measures, in accordance with the guidelines of the Greek authorities.