Provide Refuge for the Refugees (Paul Steed)

For: Syrian Refugees, Non-Syrian Refugees, Refugees in Europe
Lesvos, Lesbos, Greece
Organizer: Sarah Onken
$325
of $2,000 goal.
Raised by 4 donors
16% Complete
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The Story

Please donate so we can purchase critical medical supplies and aid for refugees in the processing camp Moria (located on the Greek island Lesbos, where many of the dangerously over-crowded boats arrive daily from Turkey).   

Paul Steed and a small team of volunteers run the processing camp. The camp is a temporary home to between 3,000-8,000 men, women and children in a state of constant desperation, with more arriving daily. Some refugees suffer from fevers, the flu, respiratory problems, hypothermia, shock, injuries from their long journey--everyone suffers from hunger, fatigue and exposure to the elements.

Paul is in charge of purchasing supplies to get the entire camp through the long, cold nights. The goal is simply to provide each refugee with basic, life-sustaining needs (food, water, dry clothing, shoes, blankets, etc.), medical care and a smile. “We are not doing anything fancy,” he explains, “we are providing care on a very basic, survival level.”  

All funds collected go directly to aid for refugees. All volunteers, including Paul, are non-paid and overhead expenses (including rental fee for a storage facility to receive and house aid and rental fees for vehicles to transport aid to camp) are covered by Mercy Worldwide Trust.

There is never enough food, water, blankets, clothes, medical supplies, etc. Paul and his team are doing what they can, but please consider donating so they can do even more (please refer to a more detailed list of needs below).

Paul is now connected with Aspire Global Health, a US based non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of health care delivered to patients worldwide (a tax receipt can be provided upon request).  

To donate by debit or credit card, you can press the “Donate Now” button above (note: the donation to youcaring.com is optional).

If you would like to send aid directly or prefer to donate by check, please make your check out to “Aspire Global Health” and press the “Contact Organizer” button (located at the bottom of the page) to get a mailing address.

The needs are many:

  • Food, Water
  • Clothing, Shoes, Socks
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Diapers, Wipes
  • Formula, Bottles
  • Kettles (to warm water)
  • Blankets, Sleeping Bags
  • Tents, Tarps
  • First Aid and Medical Supplies
  • Cots (currently putting sick and injured on the floor)
  • Wheelchair

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 4, 2015

Posted on November 4, 2015

I spoke with my father, Paul Steed, two days ago and he told me that he was able to help an elderly crippled woman and her extended family of 8 make their way to the port (where they then took a ferry to Athens). The family had been on the long and dangerous journey from Afghanistan for nearly a month and a half, and camp Moria was just the first step in their journey across Europe. They thanked my father and told him that he was the most merciful, kind person they had met since they left Afghanistan. After asking what the situation was like in Afghanistan, they told him that 19 members of their extended family had been killed in the last two years. They truly are refugees, and I hope they can meet many more kind and merciful people during the remainder of their journey.

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