FROM SINJAR TO SERRES
Tucked away at the base of the Vrontous mountain range in Northern Greece lies a charming city called Serres that 500+ Yazidis now call home, albeit temporarily. But instead of villas, they live in tents. Instead of souvlaki and tzatziki, they eat dry bread and military food. Instead of going to school and work, they wait and wait for news about where they'll go next. Since barely escaping the August 2014 attack on their homeland by ISIS, these 92 beautiful families have been living in camp after camp. First in Iraq, then Turkey, and finally Greece. Even though they are relatively safe now, the camp is rough to live in. LHI provides basic necessities, such as food and hygiene, as well as women's services. They need your help.
LHI facilites a safe space for women to come together in order to form healing connections and restorative friendships in a welcoming atmosphere of security and dignity. We are working together with the residents to develop community, to restore trust, and to show them the world has not forgotten them. With the collaboration of camp residents we have developed a program which include language lessons, beauty nights, workshops, movie nights, fitness, and time for socializing in privacy.
Our Greece Coordinator, Molly Hock is a trained social worker, as well as yoga and meditation teacher who has specialized in trauma sensitive care. She screens incoming volunteers to bring in new ways to enrich and empower the women in a culturally sensitive manner. We aim to incorporate social workers in our women’s space activities.
Our team stores aid at the warehouse located three kilometers from the camp in order to meet the changing needs of the camp residents. We purchase and distribute weekly and monthly hygiene packs for the camp residents. The weekly packs include one bar of soap person, shampoo, laundry soap, and dish soap.
We bring fresh produce twice a week to supplement the camp’s nutritional needs.We also distribute weekly food packs including tea, rice, sugar, and flour. All purchases possible due to individual donations from donors, near and far! We don't get any grants for any of these expenses! It's all you!