Child Friendly Space (CFS)
Our Child Friendly Space (CFS) is a safe place where children aged 3 to 5 can learn through play and regain a sense of normality in the midst of an emergency. The purpose of the CFS is to offer psychosocial support services that reinforce the resilience and wellbeing of children. It allows them to play with volunteers, create art projects and learn about hygiene and sanitation through fun thematic activities conducted in a safe environment. Many of the children have grown up with war, and this is their first playgroup experience. Lighthouse Relief is also committed to identifying and referring vulnerable cases: abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children can occur in many different contexts, including as a result of conflict and forced displacement.
Female Friendly Space (FFS)
The Female Friendly Space (FFS) is a closed-off area for women and adolescent girls - a safe, positive community environment where female residents can go to feel secure and empowered. The private space provides access to information, education, recreational activities and support services. It also offers a range of activities including dance classes, health workshops, acupuncture sessions and a community garden. The sheltered atmosphere of the FFS allows our staff to identify women who may be at risk and refer individual cases to the appropriate protection services, based on the guidelines for Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings.
Youth Engagement Space (YES)
Our Youth Engagement Space provides a safe setting for young people between the ages of 16 and 25 to attend workshops and take the lead on projects that reveal all of their creativity, critical thinking and untapped potential. While children from 6 to 15 have access to the national school system, this older demographic is often sidelined in emergency settings when it comes to service provision. This leaves many vulnerable to marginalisation and, particularly in the case of young men, increases the risk of exploitation, exposure to violence and substance abuse. To breach this gap, Lighthouse Relief provides a space for these talented young people to retain hope and constructively invest in their long-term futures.
Lighthouse Relief has been guiding approaching boats to safer landings on the shores of northern Lesvos and providing emergency response, first aid, dry clothes, shoes, blankets, water and nutrition since September 2015.
Numbers have declined since the EU-Turkey statement, but boats continue to come ashore and LHR operations remain active. We monitor the number of arrivals, and stand ready to scale up operations immediately if needed.
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 local residents, our ECO Relief team has been running a large-scale environmental cleanup operation, and has found innovative ways to upcycle the materials.