Το Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Προσφύγων βοηθάει τα πιο ευάλωτα άτομα των προσφυγικών κοινοτήτων που έχουν πληγεί από το lockdown που προκάλεσε η πανδημία. Έχει ξεκινήσει καμπάνια συγκέντρωσης χρημάτων για τους ανθρώπους σε ανάγκη μέσω τηςGive & Fund platform . Όποιος μπορεί να βοηθήσει μπορεί να κάνει δωρεά τροφίμων ή χρημάτων, μέσω της πλατφόρμας Give and Fund . Στόχος είναι να συγκεντρωθούν άμεσα 8.000 ευρώ. Υπάρχουν πολλοί άνθρωποι, πρόσφυγες, μετανάστες αλλά και ντόπιοι που έχουν μείνει χωρίς στέγη αλλά και χωρίς κάποια οικονομική βοήθεια μέσα στην κρίση, αλλά και αυτοί που έχουν μια στέγη ή είναι σε κάποιο πρόγραμμα αντιμετωπίζουν προβλήματα. Στην κατεύθυνση αυτή έχουν γίνει συνεργασίες και με μικρά παντοπωλεία για να κάνουν ειδικές τιμές για τους ανθρώπους που έχουν ανάγκη για αγορά τροφίμων όπως ρύζι, λάδι, μακαρόνια και νερό για μωρά ή να παίρνουν κάποια voucher για άλλα είδη που χρειάζονται ευάλωτοι άνθρωποι.
The Greek Forum of Refugees has shared a call to action in order to support the most vulnerable people of our society amidst the lockdown caused by the COVID – 19 outbreak.
The GFR has entered the Give & Fund platform so we could raise some funding for the people in need. If you want to support our efforts, please enter this link. In coordination with the refugee communities based on Athens GFR has already mapped down the people’s basic needs. The Greek Forum of Refugees, is sending this “call to action in order to support the most vulnerable people of our society amidst the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. We are calling out to all relevant authorities, organizations, businesses and individuals in the hope for them to join our efforts, by providing the necessary material and financial assistance to those that urgently are in need of it. Being a grassroots association we always have direct communication with refugee and migrant communities, the refugee population that resides in camps and other facilities as well as individuals that give us, through their own voice, an extremely detailed picture on what is happening on the ground level. The situation is multidimensional and there are aspects of it that remain invisible to the wider society. There are refugees and migrants that lost their job or cannot resume it because of the lockdown. In many cases, they have no claim to social benefits and employee protection, hence, they cannot provide anymore for themselves and their families. They are usually living in overcrowded rent apartments that they share with many other individuals and families and can no longer afford the rent. There are even people that were living in so-called hotels or hosted by other refugee friends either in apartments, camp containers and tents or even official accommodation programs, a fair amount of people living in confined spaces, that are asked to leave the premises out of fear of spreading the virus. As a result many among them will find or have already found themselves and their families on the street. Apart from the above, there is also a more than considerable amount of people that are already homeless, exposed and cannot cover their basic needs. The list goes on and on, and the circumstances are dire. We do not differentiate among refugees, migrants or the local population. Vulnerability knows no borders, race or religion and vulnerable groups of people should, finally, be taken under consideration in their entirety. We hope that through our network, both national and European, we can proceed to gathering all the necessary materials and financial assets and help in a practical manner as many vulnerable cases as we possibly can.Your support is invaluable and your solidarity more than needed.We kindly ask all those that can provide either material or financial assistance to contact the Greek Forum of Refugees using the following information
Initially, the Forum contacted with certain local mini markets in the center of Athens and we agreed in buying commodities such as olive oil, rise, spaghetti and water for babies. Τhe needs would grow fast, we contacted with a supermarket to make sure that we acquire a number of vouchers providing the people with the opportunity of selecting and prioritizing their needs
We do not forget the people in need!