Our main focus at the beginning was to offer coordination and structured emergency response to the area, and to support the most vulnerable cases. We provided shelter, nutrition, water and emergency medical support as well as coordinating boat landings and organising transportation. Working with a small number of volunteer medical groups, we instituted medical coordination in the area and held meetings with all agencies on site to set up protocols for Mass Casualty Incidents.
As one of the the only stable volunteer or NGO presence in Skala Sikamineas in September and October 2015, one of the biggest challenges was coordinating the buses. Once the refugees arrived on the shore of Skala Sikamenias, they had to walk up the steep hill to the "bus stop" where buses provided by bigger agencies would sporadically come, but never as many or as often as was needed. The bus stop lacked any infrastructure (toilets and shelter) and at times more than 1,000 people were waiting for the bus to take them to the refugee camps outside Mytilini. We worked tirelessly day and night in extreme conditions to fill this gap in transportation support, with minimal funds and only a small team of volunteers.