November 30: Great fun to just be having fun.

By |2020-12-02T15:42:47+00:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

Sunday - not a day off, but a beautiful day. We finished up with the pharmacy storage at One Happy Family. Then went over to the Refugee4Refugees warehouse which has to be moved tomorrow to a new warehouse. Cathy, Sid, Lily, hard at work with the R4R team sorting through literally tons of donations put them [...]

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November 30: Giving Tuesday – December 1

By |2020-11-30T17:39:29+00:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

The Hands On Global team is still on the ground in Greece working at the new Kera Tempe Camp which houses close to 8,000 refugees. The conditions here are bleak: limited toilets, summer tents, cold water showers from a water bladder, no electricity.The worst is for those isolated by COVID. The isolation area is deplorable and [...]

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November 28: The importance of NORMALCY

By |2020-11-30T17:02:13+00:00November 28th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

Saturday, a day off from the clinic. But still work to be done so the team split up. Cathy and Lily went to the Home For All warehouse and sorted and bagged clothes for distribution. There is an urgent need for warm clothes and coats as winter weather approaches . . , predicted for Monday. Tama, [...]

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November 27: The really bright side are the refugee translators.

By |2020-11-28T23:29:11+00:00November 27th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

Grateful Thanksgiving week. It was wonderful to see all the posts of gratitude. It is early Saturday morning. I was planning to sleep in, but the external clock and the slightest hint of morning light have my eyes open, jumping out of bed for that first cup of coffee.The last 2 days of clinic flowed at [...]

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November 25: Truly heartbreaking moments.

By |2020-11-26T17:33:21+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

A cold windy afternoon and evening in triage by the sea. Soon triage will be enclosed - hopefully before the next rain predicted for Monday. I love doing triage because I love meeting all the refugees who come for medical care. Many come with significant issues others come for a band aide or a paracetamol for [...]

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November 23: The Triage line keeps growing.

By |2020-11-24T21:29:07+00:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

Today Tama, Lily and I went to Home Away in the morning. Lily will be doing work in their warehouse where they do food and clothing distribution as winter is coming and people need coats. We stopped at their restaurant and asked if they could include hot food delivery to the covid isolation unit and they [...]

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November 22: Who is responsible for the needs of refugees?

By |2020-11-24T20:56:19+00:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

Thinking of all my family and community and the covid numbers in the USA. Here on the island there were 70 new cases yesterday. That is huge and people are wearing masks. The restaurants and most businesses are closed. Are there still gatherings of friends and family? I am not sure. Working in the camp we [...]

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November 18: Shivering in the cold.

By |2020-11-19T20:14:34+00:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

By the sea, the beautiful sea. Triage is still outside and the weather has been very windy and cold. Wearing 4 layers and my down jacket and still chilled to the bone. I came back to the house and the team was sitting around in blankets and using hot water bottles - except for Lily who, [...]

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November 15: A Day Off + Fire & Covid Update

By |2020-11-17T18:23:50+00:00November 15th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

A day off. We went over to the burned out Moria camp. WOW - what a catastrophic fire. Everything burned, iso boxes melted, fire hoses melted. It is eerie walking around this camp that was so crowded with people and tents all over. Thinking of the 24,000 refugees who lived there. It must have been [...]

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November 14: We must stop creating the conditions that create refugees!

By |2020-11-14T17:08:15+00:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

The end of our first week and we are making sense of the chaos. Working well in our positions and as a team. All the medical NGOs are working together and it is inspiring. Still, the set-up is evolving. Awaiting construction of spaces and shelters for many of the medical services. Triage both chronic and primary [...]

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