Since April 2017, we have supported refugees in their desperate journey towards Europe. We are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis, based on the northern shores of Lesvos, Greece.
Refugee4Refugee founder Omar Alshakal sought to create a non-political organisation that addresses the needs and concerns of refugees, while also encouraging fellow asylum seekers to get involved and take the lead in relief efforts.
Omar is a Syrian refugee and brings a unique perspective as someone who arrived in Europe in 2014, after swimming for 14 hours from Turkey to Greece. He has seen the weaknesses of the asylum process first hand. Omar started the charity to tackle these challenges head on. As a former lifeguard, he saw an opportunity to improve boat spotting and landing support. Refugee4Refugees then transports arrivals to a temporary camp where people can receive food, water, clothing, medical attention and sleep.
In November 2017, Refugee4Refugees hired a warehouse outside of Moria Camp, the largest refugee camp on Lesvos. It is a distribution point for clothing and supplies for those living inside the camp. Within one month of opening we were assisting up to 550 people in day with winter clothes and supplies to survive the cold. We are excited to expand this project to ensure all refugees on Lesvos live in safety and security.
What we do
Every month hundreds of people attempt to cross from Turkey to Greece to escape violence and poverty. Refugee4Refugees strives to protect people as they make this perilous journey by watching the sea for boats that are in difficulty, and offering humanitarian assistance to those that arrive.
- Boat spotting from various points along the northern coast of Lesvos, Greece.
- Coordinate with other non-governmental organisations to respond to boat landings.
- Provide immediate emergency response to refugees arriving on Greek beaches.
- Transportation to a temporary refugee camp (known as Stage 2) near the village of Skala Sikamineas.
- Respond to crises across the island of Lesvos during emergency situations when volunteers are needed.
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- Food preparation to feed and hydrate all arriving refugees at Stage 2.
- Facilitate the donation of clothing and supplies to Lesvos
- Distribute donations to refugees from our warehouse near Moria Camp
- Provide a supportive, community atmosphere in the warehouse where refugees can come for support
- Invite other NGO's into the warehouse to provide additional assistance to refugees like legal aid, medical check-ups and psycho-social support.