Yesterday the 22th April the Iris center team distributed clothes to all the kids in Vial refugee camp on Chios island, Greece.
We gave out –
– summer hats
– baby clothes
The mother or father could pick 5 items to each kid. Some kids came as well and was so happy to have the opportunity to pick summer clothes. We also visit the 6 Albanian families that lives in plastic bags houses close to Vial.
We visited our faithful supporter Sølvi – with her amazing Iris center support group – HÅP. She and her group help us whenever we ask. Thank you so much.
The wether is getting warmer and it’s very sunny when we do the distribution, so the team decided to buy sunglasses 😎 🕶
We also distributed clothes and stroller to a new born baby in Vial refugee camp. The new born babies and the mother was transferred to apartments before – now many of them have to go back to Vial only 4 days after they have given birth…
The clothes we gave out yesterday is donated from our German friends Refugee foundation and the UK team the Ripple effect Landcaster.
We ended the day with dinner paid by donations from Big mama and Kristin Omnes.
Thank you so much!
Thank you so much to all Iris center team supporters for supporting us – without you we would not have the opportunity to help our sisters and brothers on the run.
Today we have been sorting and counting for tomorrow’s distribution of clothes for men. We have also been giving out baby bags made by Sølvi Sinkaberg, strollers from Kristin Gjelsvik and Pia Simonsen, and some blankets from One Family – No Borders. We gave out a baby bag to a one day old baby girl at the hospital.
We counted how many boxes and how many pieces we have of tops, trousers and traditional clothes for men.
We have so many clothes in our storage area and we really want to get them out to the people that should have them. Now the team is working hard to get it all out so they will get what they need.
We are hoping it will be a peaceful distribution where people will be happy.
We filled up the car with the same things and went to Vial again!
Now a lot more women were able to get. It is also nice to see them sharing what they took with some of their friends. We gave around 1000 pieces of clothes or probably more! It is all gifts and not like a normal distribution.
The point is to not have a line, not have any rules and just let people take.
We never usually do it and that is why we wanted to do it for just one day!
Today we sorted men’s clothes all day so we can distribute them in Vial tomorrow.
We feel so sorry that the men are always forgotten, so we want to show them that they matter too! Tomorrow we will distribute men’s clothes and on Saturday we will distribute toiletries for men.
Here is some photos from today’s sorting!
Yesterday we distributed sweaters, singlets, trousers, jackets, scarfs, abayas (dresses), hats, underwears and hijabs for women for serveral hours in Vial.
We had so many clothes that the women basically could take what they needed. Of course we had some limitations of how much each person could take! It was a very calm and nice distribution! Many people were happy and smiling. It was nice to see how the volunteers and the refugees were laughing and joking together.
In the end we were told to leave the area because the people demonstrating in the road of Vial wanted us to leave. They contacted the police, but the police were kind and gave us 10 minutes so we reached to finish with all the women!
The demonstrators were happy that they managed to send us away, while we were happy that they didn’t manage to destroy our work because we reached to finish with everyone!
With permission to post images of the faces.
🍌 At Iris Center, lately, we have distributed alot of bananas due to the recent increase in new boat arrivals into Chios.
🍌 At Iris Center we offer healthy fruits and other nutritional snacks to the children (in a food bag including also orange juice) as they wait for their parents to collect hygiene packs and clothes donations.
🍌 If you would like to help us feed hungry mouths with more nutritious fruits please consider a donation. The paypal.me donations to Iris Center is administered by Hannah Parr (causing her name to show up as the receiver).
🍌 100% of the cash donations go directly to the cause.
🍌 Please remember that when fruits and other foods and hygiene products are bought locally, it also means that we can support the local community in Chios.
🍌Thank you for your support!