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Why Moria?

Moria refugee camp - Aid Pioneers
The camp in Moria has capacity for no more than 3,000 refugees. Already suffering from Covid-19, a fire in September 2020 has left 13,000 refugees without shelter (Source: BBC News)
  • On the island of Lesvos in Greece, the refugee camp Moria holds around 4 times the amount of refugees it was designed to accommodate
  • Sanitary Conditions are appalling: there’s a constant lack of hygiene up to the point that many refugees have no access to running water
  • Among the 20,000 refugees, around 7000 children were staying in Moria as of Summer 2020

The refugee Camp in Moria on the Greek island of Lesvos has suffered from substantial over-crowdedness. It was initially built to hold 3,000 refugees, but by the summer of 2020 camp organisers counted roughly 20,000 asylum seekers.

From humanitarian organisations on the ground AidPioneers e.V. received detailed reports of the conditions under which the refugees live. The camp has a drastic shortage in basic hygiene products, including soap, disinfectant, clothes, as well as face masks.
Given the large proportion of children in the camp, there was also a consistent lack of diapers and sanitary wipes.

This is why AidPioneers e.V. decided to support the refugee camp in Moria. We got in touch with an organisation called Team Humanity, who have helpers on the ground. They informed us about the conditions in the camp and provided us with a list of desperately required items.
Once we heard of these reports, AidPioneers e.V. put a group of volunteers together to create the Aid Project Greece.

The focus of this project was to alleviate the suffering from the lack of hygiene in the camp. We started by contacting several companies in Germany and ask for in kind donations. Quickly we found two companies in the South of Germany who kindly donated soap and hand disinfectants as well as food, clothing, and first aid kits.

The next step was to organise the logistics of transporting the donations from Germany to Greece. All together, we had collected 17 tons of donations and so the most viable solutions was to organise a truck. We got in touch with Team Humanity again, who put us in contact with a trusted logistics company.

A few weeks later, the truck arrived in Moria where it was received by helpers from Team Humanity who distributed the goods around the camp. We are of course aware that this effort was just a minor alleviation to the suffering of Moria’s refugees, but with more initiatives like these, we believe that such living conditions can be eradicated for good.