H4H: Some Facts and Figures
Between September and December 2017 we gave out a staggering 785’570 points in our free food supermarket. These were spread across families from the camps; single men and women; our refugee volunteers Friday shop; emergency food packs for families in Mytilini and Athens; some points were allocated to dry goods for the cafe. We also gave away an extra 320’000 points in free hygiene items, To make sense of the numbers above: single adults and kids over 14 receive 150 points per shop, pregnant women and unaccompanied minors receive 200 points each, children 18 months to 14 years are given 50 points. A family of 7 can therefore accumulate 700-750 points for their shopping session. One record breaking Afghan family we received in December spent 900 points. All families with infants and toddlers are given free baby milk and diapers as we don’t want families to have to choose between food and baby care items.
We have distributed over 380’000 single clothing items in the last 4 months and, through our ‘Network Aid’, project we have shared around 60 van loads of aid with other groups and NGO’s on the island. These groups include; Euro relief, One Happy Family, Little Happy Family, Kara Tepe Camp, Gateway 2 Life, The Hope Project, No Borders Kitchen, Pikpa Camp, The Local Hospital, Doc Mobile, Sultana Mobile Kitchen, Refugees 4 Refugees and Starfish. We have also served members of the local community who are living below the poverty line.
Our ‘Network Aid’ project has enabled; blankets, towels, pushchairs and prams, baby beds, maternity packs, diapers, clothing, hygiene, medical, and dry food items; from our incoming CAREUK containers, to be distributed to where they are needed the most. We are incredibly grateful to CAREUK, SHAREUK, MerseyAid, Rasmachaz Stroud, People in Motion, We Care Foundation and many other small groups who have fed in to these containers. We have also received aid and sponsorship for operational costs from Help Refugees, Donate 4 Refugees, Heimatstern eV and numerous independent volunteers. We have no support from any large NGO’s and we rely entirely on donations to keep the doors open.
We have rolling projects to find sponsorship for operational costs which are mostly funded through collaboration with grassroots groups in the US, the UK and Germany. The basic operational costs of H4H are around €2650 a month. €1300 rent, €1100 van hire, €180 electricity and water, €70 phone and wifi.
Diesel Fundraising. We spend around €1910 a month on diesel for the H4H heating tank; re-fuelling our van for transporting people to the centre; and outreach for aid sharing . €1500 @75 per day over the 20 days of each month that we are serving for transporting residents from the camps, €80 x 2 per month for the delivery of aid and collecting supermarket goods, €250 for heating oil.
The supermarket is an ongoing project which requires constant fundraising to to keep the doors open. Each month we need to find a minimum of €4200 which we use to buy inventory from local suppliers. In the first two weeks of February 2018 we spent €3400 alone. Cash donations for food are supplemented with dry and canned goods sent in containers from the UK and visiting volunteer contributions.
Our Network Aid project is a new aid sharing project which aims to get incoming donations exactly where they are needed. The key objective of this outreach and networking programme is to connect with a broad range of groups working on the island and to share resources and information on needs.
Refugees Got Talent:
Over the course of the summer we will be running a media and music project which we hope will highlight the amount of incredible talent among the refugee community who are trapped on the island. This project aims to highlight the human side of being a refugee and to challenge the dehumanising discourse that dominates most representations of refugees. Refugees are most commonly represented as either a mass of faceless suffering or a threat to moral, social and cultural order and we want to do something that shifts the focus away from refugee as threat, or refugee as victim and towards a discourse that emphasis the ‘sameness’ of refugees.
A huge proportion of the refugees on the island are of Middle Eastern descent, as in the West, most of the Arab and Middle Eastern world is completely hooked on shows like 'The Voice', 'Arab Idol' and the 'X Factor'. This show format is recognised across the entire globe and with this in mind we want to put on a ‘Refugee's Got Talent' event. We hope that by enabling people to tell their stories and articulate their experiences through music, dance and song we can raise morale on the camp, promote intercultural co-operation between the various ethnicities on the island, and open up spaces for dialogue between the refugees and their hosts. The process and the finale will be filmed by Syrian-British film-maker, Saf Suleiyman. We hope that the documentary will highlight the human cost of the crisis, it will challenge the notion of refugee as ‘other’ and it will serve as a counterpoint to the dominant images of the refugee experience which emphasise only the squalor and the suffering.
Social Media Humans 4 Humanity and The Blue Door Project
Humans 4 Humanity in the Media
Light on the Sea: Light on the Sea: One Woman's Story from the Front Lines of the Refugee Crisis
H4H’s co- founder and Director Neda’s story.
ITV feature on Lesvos and the House of Humanity
World Refugee Day: Ai Wei Wei Exhibition and Panel Meeting Featuring Rafat Al Hamoud co-Director H4H
The prominent journalist KHalil Hachem hosted Neda Kadri and Rafat El Hamoud and discussed the plight of the refugees in Greece and beyond
INSIDE THE FIGHT TO HELP REFUGEES IN LESBOS, GROUND ZERO FOR EUROPE’S MIGRANT CRISIS
Some Videos and Links to the H4H Operation and our Projects
General Refugee Crisis and Lesvos Links
Lesvos: Close The Camps & Open The Islands
The Journey of a Refugee Lesvos
Refugee Island :Lesvos
Refugees on Lesbos | DW Documentary
Inside Moria Camp in Lesvos - January 7th, 2017
Inside Story - Refugees and Europe's dilemma
Refugee Arrivals 2015. Lesvos
We Walk Together: a Syrian refugee family’s journey to the heart of Europe
Syrian Refugee Crisis - The hardest part of their journey to Europe.
Blue Door at Humans 4 Humanity: Lesvos
Since July 2017 Blue Door have been working alongside Humans 4 Humanity on Lesvos. Their aid distribution centre the House of Humanity 2.0 is the second incarnation of a centre that provides a range of services to refugees who are based mostly in Kara Tepe and Moria camps on Lesvos. The main focus is delivering aid in a way that enhances human dignity, wellbeing and individual agency. There is a wealth of research that shows that freedom, autonomy and choice enhances human happiness and we recognise that these are the things that are removed from the individual during the process of displacement. The ‘shopping’ style method of aid delivery at Humans 4 Humanity helps us accomplish these objectives through our free food supermarket, which is run on a points system, and free clothing boutique where individuals can shop for the items they want and need. They also have a cafe; kids play area; cinema; a full-sized astro-turf football field and an arts and crafts area.
House of Humanity is a grassroots organisation, run by and for Refugees, with the support of international volunteers. By providing volunteer work for Refugees who are residents in the camps they hope to foster an environment where they encourage self help, the development of important skills and experience and community engagement. They pride ourselves on their ethical code of conduct; a family type structure; a relationship of reciprocity between those who serve and who are served; and an environment which enhances psychosocial wellbeing whilst meeting peoples material needs.
H4H are entirely dependent on donations to keep the doors open and the shelves stocked. They can serve 150 singles, or 75 families per day, with the groceries, toiletries and clothing of their choice.
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