Today is ‘Fat Thursday’ or in greek Tsiknopempti, which literally means “Thursday of the Smoke of Grilled Meat”. Greeks celebrate it 11 days before Clean Monday (which marks the start of the fasting period of Lent). So we decided to have a barbeque at PIKPA. The people working there under the First Reception Service prepared salads and potatoes ahead and then all together grilled meat. Everyone contributed buying the meat and salads. This beautiful gesture of Solidarity strengthened the bonds between locals and refugees. So, there is also this part of Leros’ community that raises walls against racism!
With love from PIKPA!
Spyros is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet! He is a gentle giant with undying patience and immense selflessness. He has been one of the cores and an integral part of the LSN team since the beginning. The kids adore him and the parents welcome him for the moments of relief he provides them.
Here are some of the sweetest moments captured on camera!
Christmas Eve 2017.
Our big family over at PIKPA is celebrating with gifts for all the children, snacks, colors, lights and big smiles. The picture of SOLIDARITY is a colorful and happy one.
We want to personally thank Pinelopi from Athens, who with love, knitted those beautiful caps; Sity de Oer from Holland and her team who made it possible for this Christmas feast to happen; Anna from Rhodes who contributed significantly; fellow citizens of Leros who shared the joy with those who lost it in a meaningless war, and finally all of our beloved friends around the globe! Let us continue standing high, searching for the light in a world where the darkness tries to dominate our lives.
We send a message of Love and Peace from PIKPA.
For the third day in a row, we are witnesses to a series of attacks by a fascist gang on the island of Leros that drives about on motorcycles with covered license plates! They are afraid of being recognized by the inhabitants of Leros so they have covered their faces and heads and carry bats and knives. A total of twenty people have been taken to hospital with body wounds. Amongst them is a pregnant woman and there are fears for the continuation of her pregnancy.
As the Dodecanese Network of Solidarity Groups, we are proceeding to file an indictment against such unknown persons and we call on all democratic people of this country to isolate such practices.
We request from all the representatives of the local political parties and all politicians to take a stand and act in the direction of protection both of the refugees and the inhabitants of Leros in total.
We request of the educational and cultural societies, and professional associations to head the defense of human life and democracy. We must stop the fascist attacks! Solidarity shall win! We will continue to live with the refugees!
On a lovely Saturday afternoon, everyone gathered at the PIKPA building in Leros for a heartwarming
children’s costume party.
Refugee children are considered enemies for some people, for others they are just invisible. For the professional’humanists’ they are subjects of their programs, but for us they are children! Our children! Innocent, like all children, the hope of this world.
With, only, your help and support, we try every day to achieve a smile, to let them dream of a new life. Nothing compares to the sweet smile of a child that has gone through hell but still manages to find joy in such small things, like a costume party on a Saturday afternoon.
we proudly announce the opening of the PIKPA building on Lakki. It could not have been done without your precious help. More than us, the refugees are very thankful and happy to have a place after a brutal journey through Turkey and the Aegean sea. A place were they can feel safe and be treated with humanity. The building is now equipped with 100 beds, 10 bathrooms, heating and a storage room full of clothing and hygiene kits. This is a big step in our difficult yet rewarding work we like to call solidarity!
So a big thank you to all people who helped in any way. There is no small way of helping. From the people who donated money to the lovely girls in our storage room that endlessly arrange clothes to the guys who assembled the beds. Also a big thank you to all the crews that worked hard to renovate the place just in time to avoid big rains and extreme cold!