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Anna-Louisa Psarras

Anna-Louisa Psarras

On behalf of seven year olds...

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Why I care about refugee children[/b][/p] [p]When I was 7 years old my father died. Suddenly. Unexpectedly.[/p] [p]Overnight, my enchanted childhood in Corfu was over. Bam.[/p] [p]Days later, I found myself in a foreign land that would become my home (UK), traumatised by the sudden loss of my beloved father, my home, my friends, my school, the familiarity of a language in which I could read and write, and the life I had known. My world as I had known it, had collapsed. [/p] [p]30 years later, like many of us, I have watched the refugee crisis unfold and felt impotent to help. Instead, I have continued to watch a flow of human traffic engulf the crisis-stricken country of my childhood.[/p] [p]Given my own experience, I have been particularly struck by the plight of refugee children and none more so than those arriving, unaccompanied, on the shores of the Aegean.[/p] [p][b]So how can you or I help?[/b][/p] [p]It is my birthday on 23[sup]rd[/sup] March. My lovely family and friends have been asking me what I would like as a birthday gift. I have everything I need. A loving family, partner and friends. I do not need scented candles or chocolates to further enhance either my life, or my waist line.[/p] [p]But the seven year old in me who understands a little what it is to lose your home, is asking you to help the other seven year olds out there who have lost theirs.[/p] [p]What I would like for my birthday, is for donations to be made here, to support efforts on the ground in Athens, at the refugee entry point of Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Kos, Leros, Orestiada and at the exit point of Idomeni.[/p] [p][b]Where will donations go?[/b][/p] [p]Donations will be given to the Bodossaki Foundation in Athens who are working with NGO partners to provide critical support to unaccompanied refugee children, including; the identification of guardians, transit accommodation, food, shelter and medical provision, psychological support, basic material and clothing provision as well as family reunification procedures wherever this is possible.[/p] [p]They have provided me with a breakdown of their budget to give an idea of what support can achieve. Their budget includes;[/p] [ul] [li]Coverage of basic needs (food, clothes, bedding) of an unaccompanied child for one month: € 80[/li] [li]Medical and pharmaceutical expenses for a child on a monthly basis: € 100[/li] [li]Coverage of basic needs (food, clothes, sheets) of an unaccompanied child for three months: €240[/li] [li]Coverage of the rent of the Transit Accommodation Unit (capacity of 20 children) for 1 month: € 1,500[/li][/ul] [p][b]A little background on unaccompanied Refugee Children in Greece[/b][/p] [p]Just under one-million refugees and migrants reached Greece in 2015. Amongst them were thousands of children and teenagers who arrived alone. Many had lost their parents during the journey, others were sent by parents to flee war.[/p] [p]In 2015, 2,248 unaccompanied refugee children were recorded as entering Greece. Yet 18,000 were registered as entering the FYROM from Greece since June 2015. There is a clear disconnect.[/p] [p]Tens of thousands of refugee children are not being registered. They are invisible. Disoriented. Traumatised. Alone. Informal estimates suggest that there are 90,000 unaccompanied child refugees in Greece. That’s over 40 times what formal statistics suggest.[/p] [p]The problem with registration is simple. The total number of refugees who arrived in 2015 is either equal to or exceeds the local population at every single point of refugee entry in Greece. The islands don’t have the infrastructure or human resources to cope.[/p] [p]But by tightening efforts and helping people like the Bodossaki Foundation to provide practical solutions, on the ground, the situation will be hugely improved. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your support which makes a tremendous and positive difference.[/p][p][/p][p]For my Greek speaking friends, please watch this[/p][p][lt]object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/ws24FSIE9wk" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"[gt][lt]param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ws24FSIE9wk" /[gt][lt]param name="quality" value="high" /[gt][lt]param name="wmode" value="transparent" /[gt][lt]param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ws24FSIE9wk" /[gt][lt]/object[gt][/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

23 Mar 2016

Supporters


May 10, 2016

Sarra, Steve, Saskia, Alfie and Ivan xxx

Beautiful girl - such a wonderful thing to do for these children. Belated happy birthday! xxxx

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Apr 25, 2016

Anonymous


Apr 12, 2016

Anonymous

What a good way to celebrate your birthday - good luck Anna Louisa

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 5, 2016

Anonymous

£50.00


Mar 29, 2016

Alethea Steven xx

Wonderful thing to do xxx

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Mar 29, 2016

N Hornby, The Ashendene Trust

£250.00


Mar 24, 2016

Anonymous

£50.00


Mar 23, 2016

Anonymous

Happy birthday darling!


Mar 22, 2016

Anonymous

£100.00


Mar 21, 2016

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