Moms2moms has provided food and emergency support to women from Bangledesh to Istanbul to Greece since 2016. In May of 2019, Moms2moms opened its first shelter in Lesvos, Greece.
The shelter has been full and thriving since opening, hosting women and children from across the middle east and Africa - women who have faced physical violence and rape as well as unimaginable challenges and hardships as they fled to protect their own lives and the lives of their children
The network of support for the Lesvos shelter includes teachers from a local school who provide tutoring and language courses for the kids; medical volunteers providing basic medical services to the women and children; our legal partners providing advocacy and representation in the asylum process; martial arts classes for the women, and swimming lessons for the kids so that they don’t develop a lifelong fear of water from the terrifying boat ride from Turkey in which so many perish. We have had a strong, well-networked team operating on the island for a few years now, which makes meeting the needs of the community we serve much easier.
As the islands are flooded with new refugees, they are transported to Athens where there are no resources for pregnant women or women with small children. They face all the perils of a large city in economic crisis with a burgeoning refugee population. We have had many requests from mothers and mothers-to-be for a shelter on the mainland, as well as from partner NGOs who are constantly turning pregnant women and women with small children away.
With the help of your donation today, we hope to open a new shelter in Lavrio, outside of Athens in the first quarter of 2020. Our opening date is 100% dependent on the individual donations we receive, so please give what you can.