Chios is a greek island 5 miles from the Turkish coast. As a result it is often the first landing place for refugees. Over 850,000 refugees arrived in 2015 (population of the whole island was 51,000 in 2011!) and the influx is ongoing. There are 2 camps on the island but these are overflowing, more than three times over their maximum capacity, with no space for any new arrivals. Many of their inhabitants have been stuck in limbo for over a year. There is severely inadequate shelter, facilities and services.
The Chios Eastern Shore Response Team (CESRT) provides vital aid and support to refugees on the island - from meeting new boats that arrive on the beaches, to distributing aid to people in the camps and running centres for vulnerable families. They also support locals and remove debris and life jackets from the beaches. They rely completely on volunteers and donations to keep doing their amazing work.
I am travelling out today to spend a week helping on their team - I'll post updates when I can and am very grateful for any donations! All money raised will go directly to CESRT.
(photo shared from politics blog)