We have built a female-friendly shower space on Lesvos in Greece for displaced women and their children who are living in the worst refugee camp in Europe: Moria. We want to provide better transportation so women can reach us easily and safely.
Showers for Sisters opened full-time in June, 2018. It is the brain child of an enterprising British builder who has a history of providing facilities for displaced people and refugees. He built it ‘in loving memory’ of his sister Sinead Clarke, and the British humanitarian worker Rebecca Dykes (‘Becky’), who lost her life in Lebanon in December 2017 while working for Syrian and Palestinian refugees.
Women living in Moria have scarce access to clean running water and there are no washing machines at their camp. They frequently get attacked in the bathrooms there, and skin diseases such as scabies and fungi are rampant. At our centre, women and children can wash in a safe and dignified environment. We offer six shower units, six washing machines, and a play area for children. We also serve drinks and snacks, and have volunteers who mind the children in order that mothers can have a little time to themselves.
Large groups of women try to come to our shower centre every day but the van we have at present can only cater for a few.
A small bus driven by a local driver would allow us to set specific pick-up times and bring larger groups to our centre. The bus would be fully registered and named ‘Becky’s Bus’.
We aim to provide up to 75 showers per day in a safe space. We also plan to open an adjacent space in order to offer self-defence classes to single mothers and English classes.
Funding raised would be used for the operation of bus, the shower centre and refurbishment costs.