Will you help us give shoes to children on the road?

For: Children helped by "Crete For Life Onlus" registered charity
Eyalet di Creta, Greece
Organizer: Olimpia Theodoli and Anna Maria Rocca from "Crete For Life Onlus"
Will you help us give shoes to children on the road? (Children helped by "Crete For Life Onlus" registered charity)
€2,950
of €2,400 goal.
Raised by 28 donors
100% Complete

The Story

Thousands of children in Europe are running away from war, violence and persecution and are on a long march towards a better future. Will you help us make sure they have suitable shoes?

We have been distributing shoes to children in homes, camps and schools but we need your help because we have an endless list of request!

By buying in bulk we can find good quality shoes for growing feet. Each pair costs between €20 and €25 and it will insulate a child from the cold, protecting him/her from accidents and illness. The child you help will be able walk, run, jump, go to school and play with his/her friends, keeping warm, dry and hopefully safe.

PLEASE DONATE NOW TO HELP OUT MORE CHILDREN DURING THE COLD WINTER MONTHS!

Who is CRETE FOR LIFE? CRETE FOR LIFE a charity: Committed to children, working from Crete

Founded in 2005, Crete For Life is a child focused charity that works on practical projects to make an immediate – but hopefully lasting - impact on children lives.
  • Our main project is restorative, fun filled holidays in Crete for sick children, who would otherwise never have a break. For example we have welcomed children from Greece and different parts of Europe, with life threatening diseases.
With our experience gained giving children this holidays, , we are now expanding in other areas where we can make a difference, adapting to changing circumstances both in Greece and abroad. By setting up new projects which we are sure will have a positive impact on children’s lives.
  • For example we have recently worked to transform the children ward in Crete main hospital and we have worked to help the most deprived children in recession hit Greece, regardless of their nationality and religion.
All our projects are small scale so that they can be closely supervised by us and allow every child to be given individual attention tailored to their needs

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 18, 2017

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Posted on April 18, 2017

Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity. We were able to help even more than planned, and on the way we made some kids happy and carefree!

Posted on February 28, 2017

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Posted on February 28, 2017

Da dove incominciamo? Ovviamente dal fatto che tutto quello che abbiamo, letto o visto nelle notizie sui rifugiati non sia quello che vediamo con i nostri occhi. Oppure che non riusciamo a fare fotografie perchè abbiamo davanti delle persone reali e non delle storie da raccontare. Skaramanga è  una città di containers abitata da circa 3400 persone, di cui 50% siriani e il resto metà iracheni/curdi e metà afgani. Tutti sono in attesa. Aspettano di vedere se hanno diritto a riprendere una vita normale che è  stata interrotta in modo incredibilmente brutale. Studenti universitari che vogliono riprendere a sperare, bambini nati nella guerra che vogliono andare a scuola, persone che vogliono lavorare e mantenere le loro famiglie. Fotografarli sembra una violenza. Tutti salutano con un sorriso. Ti chiedono da dove vieni e ti ringraziano di essere li con loro. La vitalità dei 1700 bambini e minori del campo è quasi tangibile, a volte scade nella violenza. Pensi a cosa hanno visto e sentito, quanta paura hanno provato e di come assorbono l’ansia degli adulti intorno a loro. Vedi alcuni adulti guardare nel vuoto e immagini di come siano prigionieri della loro angoscia. Peggio stanno gli uomini che non hanno nessun ruolo, non sono in grado di proteggere le loro famiglie e non provvedono a niente.  I giovani hanno dovuto frenare i loro progetti, le loro speranze, i sogni, e sono immobili.  Tutti aspettano di vivere il loro presente e il loro futuro. Skaramanga e’ il campo piu’ organizzato, ospitale e ambito in Grecia. Questi sono i privilegiati. Figuriamoci il resto.
Grazie!
In tutto questo, e grazie al fatto che abbiamo degli amici generosi e meravigliosi, abbiamo avuto modo di portare un po’ di sollievo e di aiuti pratici in questo “paese temporaneo”. Il vostro supporto e’ stato accolto con tanto entusiasmo e gratitudine. Abbiamo ascoltato i bisogni delle persone, specialmente delle mamme e anche dei responsabili del campo ed ecco quello che siamo riusciti a distribuire: Tante, tante scarpe per bambini. Vestiti e maglieria nuovi e di seconda mano Intimo da uomo, donna e bambini Pacco vestiario e prodotti per neo mamme, contenenti vestiti e intimo pre-maman  e neonato Tessuti per il laboratorio di cucito per cui c’e’ una lista d’attesa di 3 settimane. Mobiletti, armadietti e contenitori  per la scuola d’inglese, la piu’ richiesta del campo Scorte di libri, quaderni, colori e materiale scolastico Giochi vari, mascherine, smalti, materiale per lavoro a maglia. e un computer  Oltre a lavorare anche nel magazzino di smistamento vestiti, abbiamo selezionato e fatto lavare circa 700kg di indumenti usati di ottima qualità , che essendo leggermente macchiati non sarebbero stati idonei alla distribuzione.
Tutto grazie a voi! Annamaria ed Olimpia

Posted on February 28, 2017

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Posted on February 28, 2017

Where do we start? Obviously, everything we have read, seen and heard on the news about the refugees is not what we see with our own eyes. Nor can we take photographs because in front of us we have real people and not just stories to tell. Skaramanga is a town of containers inhabited by circa 3400 people, about 50% of them Syrians and the rest half Iraqui/Kurds and Afghans. Everybody is waiting. They are waiting to see if they are allowed to restart their lives so abruptly interrupted. University students who want to start to hope again. Children born in the war, who really want to go to school, people who want to work to sustain their families. To photograph them feels like a crude imposition. Everybody greets you with a smile. They ask you where you come from and they thank you to be there with them. The vitality of 1700 children and minors is almost tangible and sometimes turns to violence. You can’t imagine what they have seen and heard, how much fear they have felt and how they absorb the anxiety of the adults around them. You see people looking into space and you imagine them prisoners of their own anguish. Worst of all are the men, who have no roles nor responsibilities, cannot protect their families nor can they provide for them. Teenagers had to put a stop to their projects, hopes and dreams and are now immobilized. Everyone is waiting to live their present and their future. Skaramanga is the best, most organized and desirable refugees camp in Greece. Those people are the privileged ones. Imagine the rest...                                                                                            
Thank you!

In all this, and thanks to the fact that we have wonderful and generous friends, we have been able to bring a bit of relief and some practical help in this ‘temporary town’. Your support was welcomed with enthusiasm and gratitude. We have listened to the real needs of the people, especially young mothers, but also to those responsible for the camp, and this what we have been able to distribute:

Many, many pairs of shoes for children.

New and second-hand clothes for children and adults. Underwear for adults and children

Pregnancy pack including suitable clothes  for mother and baby,  nursing bras, and other suitable items

Lots of fabric for the sewing workshop which has a three weeks long waiting list as so many people want to make, mend or personalize their given clothes

Cupboard, shelves and containers for the English class, the most sought after in the camp

Stationary, pens and paper, school kits, games, knitting material, make up and one computer

In the warehouse we have sorted second hand goods donated from many countries, selecting, washing and drying good quality clothes that were not suitable for distribution because slightly soiled. Thus we were able to recycle circa 700 Kg of clothes to be distributed nationally.

All this thanks to all of you! Annamaria and Olimpia

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