Providing showers – and dignity – in Pireaus

Its easy to take for granted how important it is to be able to get fresh and clean in a shower.

For refugees across the world this is now a luxury, when it should be a right. For the last month Khora (formerly Skipchen) have been providing 4 male and 4 female (and child) showers in the Pireaus port in Athens, where in total 400 showers are taken every day, and countless refugees also come to wash their hands and clothes.

Each person coming to shower is given some shampoo, conditioner, a razor and (for the women) feminine hygiene products. Much needed sun tan lotion is also provided, with kids returning all day to top up, protecting them from burning.

In the hot Greek sticky sun it’s essential that refugees continue to have access to a safe space to wash. From our conversations with refugees in the camp, the overarching message they told us was that these showers help to restore a little dignity and pride in themselves, also allowing them a much needed moment of rare privacy.

There are approximately 3,000 refugees currently in the port.

Help Refugees are incredibly proud to support Khora in their work and fund the running of these showers.

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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.

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