A Drop in the Ocean supports residents in the temporary camp of Kara Tepe with laundry services.
On 9 September 2020 the Moria camp burned down. After the fire, 12,000 people were left without shelter. Many were relocated to the mainland, but around 7,800 asylum seekers were resettled in the new temporary site of Kara Tepe.
Camp residents live in tents, and there is not sufficient electricity or running water in the camp. There are continuously disease outbreaks, such as scabies and lice. The geographic location of the camp makes it extremely prone to the consequences of storms and heavy rain. During the winter season, the temperature drops to around zero degrees, making an already difficult situation even worse.
Without proper access to water in the camp, laundry is a big challenge. We support all camp residents with a laundry service. In our own launderette outside of camp we wash clothes to medical standards. Everyday we collect laundry bags in the camp from residents, which are then returned the following day. This is one out of many measures to prevent the spreading of scabies and other diseases.