by: Aziza (New York City)
As the daughter of Afghan war refugees, I felt compelled to help in some capacity after seeing some of the images and stories surrounding the refugee crisis in Greece. My sister and I had come to learn that once refugees were in Greece, a lot of the operational work (in terms of clothing, food etc) was being executed by volunteers who had just picked up and booked a ticket to the island. They were people just like us who had felt sympathetic to the struggles of seeking a better life. So, we decided to do the same. We went to Lesvos, Greece – an island that has received more than half a million refugees since January of 2015.
We visited various refugee camps scattered all throughout the island, learned about and met with organizations that were contributing to making the refugees time on the island smoother and providing them with the basic necessities they needed before they begun the real efforts to build their new lives, and thought about efficient and impactful ways to contribute to these efforts through a Crowdrise fund we had set up raising money from people in our community in the New York City area.