Water is a basic human right. Throughout the military camps in Greece access to water remains an everyday struggle.
Some camps have no running water and quite often where it is available it is certified as not drinkable.
In the 21st century, no one should be faced with inadequate access to safe and affordable drinking water – especially not in Europe, where so many of us take this crucial and basic amenity for granted.
In line with the UN’s 6th Sustainable Development Goal, Help Refugees is dedicated to ensuring the ‘availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’.
When drinking water is not available, our teams distribute a minimum of 1.5 litres of bottled water per person per day. Sometimes drinking water is not available 24 hours a day in the camps so we provide large containers to allow the water to be stored so it is available when needed.
To date we have provided 12 large water containers for different camps so that refugees can shower and wash clothes – this was not previously possible in those camps. Often water pressure is not high enough for the large number of refugees reliant on this service. Help Refugees have been installing water pumps to increase pressure and ensure that everyone has equal access to sanitation.
With temperatures in the day time often over 40 degrees, we have also been distributing ice to make sure children don’t over heat. We have also been providing freezers and cool boxes to enable people to have cold water throughout the night and keep food fresh and not risk food poisoning – particularly during Ramadan when food has needed to be stored in order to eat before the very early sunrise.
These long term solutions are expensive and we would not be able to do this without your help! Your donation will help to ensure that all refugees living in Greece have equal and fair access to their very basic human rights. Please click through to donate today – https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/helprefugees
We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.
Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!