Since moving to Lesbos,
it rapidly became apparent that water and sanitation facilities
in the island’s main camp, Moria, were inadequate.
Moria camp has an intended capacity to host 2,500 people…
Yet 6,000 people fill this space, flowing out into an olive grove.
As the first entry point into Greece,
the refugee population in Lesbos is high,
and services are insufficient.
Of this demographic, women are the most vulnerable.
In response to this, RESPOND are establishing Showers for Sisters:
a safe space for women and their children,
whereby they can access adequate sanitation facilities without fear.
The project currently offers a system of 6 showers
that are able to provide 48 SHOWERS a day,
in dignified and safe conditions.
For all users,
CARE PACKAGES will be available,
with luxury hygiene items
generously provided by LUSH.
But this is more than just a sanitation project.
Indeed, within these facilities, women can also:
relax in the FEMALE FRIENDLY SPACE,
accessible to all women and their children
(age limits apply)
find solitude and peace in the PRAYER ROOM,
accessible to all
clear their minds and energize
with the facilitation of EXERCISE CLASSES in the gym area.
True to RESPOND’s collaboration efforts,
the gym area will be operated by REFUGYM and SPORT FOR REFUGEES
both organizations that facilitate exercise
in order to help address the mental health needs of refugees.
Consequently, RESPOND’s principle operations will no longer be construction projects.
Showers for Sisters is now the sole focus of our humanitarian efforts.