We decided to start operating in one of the bigger camps located outside Katsikas village after finding the refugees there living in very bad conditions. We are supporting the residents in Katsikas camp in turning it into a community for the people staying here. We are continuously setting up communal areas, expanding our children's and women's spaces with new activities, supporting the communal kitchens, places for washing, distribution hubs, we provided wifi and much more. We have a coordinating role in the camp and also work on protection issues, translation, distribution, construction, cleaning and much more.
RECEPTION CAMP, SKALA SIKAMINEAS, LESVOS, GREECE
Since October 2015, we are running a reception camp by the shore on north eastern Lesvos. By then, thousands of refugees landed here every day and we built the camp to support the most vulnerable people. When winter came we were there to provide emergency heating for hypothermic people and a safe shelter for everyone arriving at night time with capacity for over 200 people to stay in our heated tents. The camp is open 24/7 with electricity, running water, a first aid station, WC, WASH areas, kitchen, a big social space around the camp fires and a playground for children. As the arrivals on Lesvos are less now, we also use the camp as a base for our environmental clean-up project.
RITSONA REFUGEE CAMP, Ritsona, Greece
Due to the fact that the borders to the rest of Europe closed, Greece now has 30 refugee camps spread out on the mainland where people will stay for months or even longer, as they await the results of their asylum applications. We decided to start operating in Ritsona refugee camp after finding the refugees there living in very bad conditions. Lighthouse Relief has a coordinating role in the camp and we focus on the most vulnerable groups, providing a women-baby safe space and a child friendly space with activities and distribution. We are also constructing communal areas and making the camp more accessible for the disabled.
One important mission for is to also support with clean-up of the island, and try to find solutions for the environmental problems that have struck the nature and local community. Lesvos is an extremely beautiful island, and we encourage tourists to come and visit the wonderful people here just as they have helped the hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving, and spend a day helping our team cleaning out on the stunning shores. Having to climb over hills of punctured abandoned boats and life jackets also makes the landing even more difficult in these already steep, rocky shores on the northern coast. We are now scaling up our ECO Relief Environmental Clean-up Operation with assistance from Al Khair foundation.