Moms2Moms: Lavrio Safe Place Women and Children Shelter
With the surge in arrivals continuing the Aegean Shores, the Greek authorities are making attempts to decongest the islands by transferring refugees and asylum seekers to the mainland. Women and single mothers continue to be at high risk on the mainland, as well, very often lacking basic infrastructure and housing options, including proper gender separation sanitary facilities.
Safe Place has continued to receive requests from mothers and mothers-to-be for a shelter on the mainland in order to maintain their safety. In response to these requests Safe Place located a 2-story building with a communal living area and the ability to house 20 residents at a time. The building is in Lavrio, a safe and quiet town, approximately 65 km from Athens, with a strong tourist economy.
A supportive donor has purchased the building and donated it to the Moms2Moms cause for the next five years. The model of the Lavrio Shelter will mirror that of Lesvos, supporting the same principles of enhancing and supporting women and their children through provision of basic needs, tutoring and language courses, legal aid and PSS, while enabling safety and empowerment. The operation of the shelter will be supported via social workers, case management, volunteers, workshops, events and training sessions on various topics.
The official commencement of the shelter was January 2020.