We All Love A Shower – The Dignity Pack Project
How hot are you today? In this current weather we’re having, we all love a shower. Have you had a shower today? Will you have a shower tonight?
What did it feel like? Did you have hot water? Or the choice to have a cool shower? Did you have a clean fresh towel? Did you have nice shampoo and shower gel? Did you put clean fresh clothes on after? Did you moisturise your skin? Shave your legs? Did you wash your face with a cloth and let the water wash over you? Didyou take 5mins to just think about nothing?
For women who call Moria home having a shower isn’t a pleasant experience. The showers are often filthy, over crowded and lack the basic necessities. I witnessed with my own eyes families making the decision to choose between food and a bottle of shampoo. And some women are too afraid to use the showers that have been made available. Can you imagine?
Dignity Projects on Lesvos
You’ll know from my previous posts that Moria is bursting at the seams. There are limited access to showers, clean toilets and 5mins peace. Women are denied dignity throughout their experience as a refugee. We want to change that!
We all love a shower and we hope the women who receive these packs will love having a shower too.
Throughout Moria there are projects trying to give women their dignity back. Shower projects and community projects offer women a safe haven to just be. And we’d like to provide them with a dignity pack to make that experience a little bit more special. The packs will stop women from having to make the agonising choice between food and hygiene.
The dignity packs we’re creating will be provided to the women in a bag designed to be taken away.
How can you help?
There are three ways you can help:
1. Donate items for the dignity packs:
You can buy the items off of our Amazon wish list. These items will be sent directly to my house where I will co-ordinate the sorting and delivery.
If you’d like to donate items directly please use the image above to guide you on what to get. Underwear generally is best in smaller sizes and in dark colours.
COLLECTION DEADLINE: SATURDAY 21st JULY
2. Donate funds to create and ship the dignity packs
Getting the dignity packs to refugees costs money and we also need to purchase the draw string bags to pop the stuff in. If you’d like to help us with the logistics you can either donate to my page or you can drop £5 with your donations to me which will cover the cost of a banana box.
You might consider doing your own collection or complete a banana box full of dignity packs. If you’d like to do this place the items in a large ziplock bag OR recycled carrier bag. Write on the bag or add a sticker with the size underwear you’ve included. Fetch a banana box from your local supermarket and put your completed bags in the box and drop off to me.
And don’t forget to send your box with £5 to cover the shipping.
REMEMBER COLLECTION DATE DEADLINE: Saturday 21st July
If you would like to get involved or even become a collection point, there are a group of grassroots folk around the UK working together. Donate4Refugees have been leading the efforts in supporting the various groups under the umbrella of #Love4Lesvos to drive multiple campaigns to support refugees on Lesvos. I’m really proud to be able to work with such a dedicated and active group of people.