Housing Units in the Refugee Accommodation Site of Diavata

Caritas Hellas has been one of the few independently funded organizations who invested in the provision of housing units for refugees. With funding from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Caritas Germany, the collaboration of the Greek Ministry of Migration and ASB, 50 containers have been procured and purchased to provide adequate housing compliant to the Sphere Standards. The containers which were equipped with individual sanitary and kitchen facilities were delivered and installed to the Refugee Accommodation Site of Diavata, in Northern Greece. Housing units allowed refugees more privacy, accommodation per family and the possibility to run a self-organised household, also contributing to their overall wellbeing, safety and dignity.

Laundry Services in Diavata and Serres

In the context of its Emergency Appeal Response and an evolvement of its WASH programs, Caritas Hellas has proceeded to the installation and operation of laundry services in Northern Greece, in the Accommodation Sites of Serres and Diavata. The aim of this initiative was to improve the daily life and wellbeing of the population, to reduce skin diseases, to promote personal hygiene and economize resources of clothes, blankets and sleeping bags.

Overall, Caritas Hellas purchased and installed 11 professional washing machines and 11 dryers, which can cover the washing cycle needs of both sites at maximum capacity in line with Sphere Wash standards. Maintenance, staff and operation costs of Laundry Services have also been covered by Caritas Hellas and relevant educational activities have been foreseen.