We are a wellness centre and shower facility serving women and children residing in the new camp that replaced Moria refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos. We provide hot showers, but our primary aim is to create a safe, warm, and welcoming place for women and children to disengage from the everyday realities of the camp. In everything we do, we want to reinforce the basic autonomy and dignity of every woman and child that visits our centre.
Welcome to Our Centre
As a team of women from all over the globe, we cooperatively foster a safe space that allows women to take a breath, children to play, and all visitors, service users and volunteers alike, to leave the space with a sense of self-efficacy. This is what makes our small but wonderful women’s space so profound- it’s a human response to an inhuman situation.
The Bathhouse is next to the sea and equipped with laundry facilities, private showers, a bathroom, a small kitchen, a beauty station, and a play area for the children. Additionally, we have a back area designated for clothing inventory and additional clinic spaces which can be used for massages, quiet rest areas, or other wellness treatments. Our kid’s play area is filled with toys, books, and art supplies so the children who come can feel like kids and have fun. This allows mothers to feel at peace watching their children play in a safe environment.
We make and distribute hygiene bags to all of our guests. These bags are hand made and donated to us by incredible individuals. We fill the bags with hygiene products donated from LUSH such as soaps, body washes, and shampoos, as well as pads and prenatal care items including diapers, creams, and lotions. Each child that comes to the Bathhouse leaves with a small toy or book.
We work with other NGOs on the island to ensure that the needs of everyone are met whenever necessary. We firmly believe that collaboration with other organizations and with our local Greek neighbours is vital to improving the lives and wellbeing of all people currently living as refugees. Together, we are stronger.
Recently, we have focused our services and support to help treat families and individuals suffering from scabies.
Scabies is a painful infestation of microscopic mites, which burrow into the skin. The close quarters and unhygienic spaces that individuals are forced to live inside Moria 2.0 unfortunately make the perfect environment for scabies to thrive.
Scabies is a huge problem inside the camp, with the majority of residents suffering from their effects. It is very important for the successful treatment of scabies that people are able to take a hot shower. Due to this, we decided that it was vital for us to partake in treatment. In collaboration with organisations Kitrinos, Hope Project and Lava Project, we have been offering our showers to individuals undergoing scabies treatment.
This essential work has allowed us to continue operating during Greece’s current nation-wide lockdown.
“Here, it doesn’t matter where we are from. We are all human.”– Long Term Volunteer (Iran)