Our Stroudies leave Lesvos

Our intrepid Stroudies have now left Lesvos and are heading back across Europe but, as you can read here in their latest post, still supporting refugees as they go…

An incredible departure from Lesvos this morning. Met a lovely group of guys and and we sat and shared stories about their country, a country that I know well and that has been very kind to me over the years. As we talked and added each other on Facebook we saw a loaded dinghy headed towards the beach. I called a volunteer who was at at the port so he could alert some helpers…. There was much cheering and whistling and praying for their safety and as the boat landed they sang the songs of their homeland and invited me to dance with them. An emotional and heartwarming end to our time in Lesvos although I know this is just the beginning of a new and difficult chapter for them. A few calls for donations from you lovely lot and we were able to feed them, get them rooms for the night and their tickets from Piraeus to Athens. We also helped an Afghani family on their way with ticket money to a border where they will be able to cross and they have now been able to take an elderly woman who was travelling alone. Final bit of serendipity: we arrive at an Airbnb place we booked for the night and it belongs to a guy who is a friend of someone we have been working with at the free food kitchen by the port in Mytilini! Apparently we come highly recommended. Its been a sad day and a happy day too. Tomorrow we meet our new friends and buy them sleeping bags and give them the last of the tents that were donated in Stroud. Sometimes, despite all the horror, the world can be a truly wonderful place. Thanks all for your continuing support. One love xxxxx