Here you find more info on all our main programs in Greece. We are currently active in Ritsona, Katsikas and Filippiada camps on the mainland and on North Eastern Lesvos.
• Child Protection in Emergencies - Ritsona
• Female Friendly Spaces - Ritsona, Filippiada, Katsikas
• Gender Based Violence (GBV) - Ritsona
• Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) - Ritsona, Filippiada, Katsikas
• Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) - Ritsona
• Construction - Ritsona
• Emergency Response & Camp management - Lesvos
• ECO Relief Environmental clean-up & Upcycling - Lesvos
Child Protection in Emergencies (CPIE)
Child Protection in emergencies is “the prevention of and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children”. (Child Protection Working Group) Our response is based on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS). The LHR Child Friendly Space (CFS) provides a safe place where the unique needs of children can be met through play, informal education, and other psychosocial support services. LHR identifies and refers vulnerable cases in partnership with the relevant agencies providing case management and psychosocial support services.
Female Friendly SPaces
Female Friendly Spaces are closed-off areas for women and adolescent girls that offer privacy and promote a safe, communal environment away from many of the hardships of camp life.
The LHR FFS provide social and cultural activities including language classes, crafts and women’s health workshops.
Gender Based Violence (GBV)
Lighthouse Relief's Female Friendly Space staff, Gender Based Violence staff and volunteers engage with female residents during the day-to-day activities to identify those who may be at risk or in need of additional support.
We are engaging in partnerships with INGOs to refer individuals to appropriate services.
Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)
The IYCF Project promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding through the Mother and Baby Areas. This is a calm and relaxing space only for pregnant and breastfeeding women along with their infants under 24 months.
Onsite IYCF volunteers and breastfeeding specialists support caregivers with information and services that increase maternal and infant access to nutrition to empower female caregivers on optimal infant feeding practices.
Sexual and reproductive health (srh)
Lighthouse Relief identifies, responds and advocates for better availability and access to quality sexual and reproductive services, information and advice in a confidential and non-stigmatised environment. We partnered with a medical organisation to provide gynaecological services onsite, as well as bolstering onsite obstetric care for pregnant women. We hold regular information workshops on a range of health topics for women and girls from trained practitioners.
LHR Construction staff and volunteers build LHR spaces and aim to address specific needs within the spaces, like WASH stations and toilets for children, shade from sun or drainage to cope with heavy rain.
The constructions team often focus on the most vulnerable, like improving accessability for the disabled.
Emergency Response & Camp Management
Lighthouse Relief has been guiding approaching boats to safer landings on the shores of northern Lesvos and providing emergency response since September 2015.
LHR provides first aid, shelter, and care in a 150-capacity tent at the First Reception Camp in Skala Sikamineas. Arrival numbers have declined since the EU-Turkey deal, however boats continue to come ashore and LHR operations remain active. We monitor the number of arrivals, ready to scale up operations immediately if needed.
So far in 2017, we have assisted 539 refugees arriving in Lesvos.
ECO Relief clean-up & Upcycling
Since the beginning of 2015, an estimated 600,000 life jackets and 10,000 rubber dinghies have been discarded on the shores of Lesvos. To help restore the island and support the local residents, our ECO Relief team has been running a large-scale environmental cleanup operation and also found innovative ways to upcycle the materials.