Since the formation of the very first team in 2015, hundreds of volunteers have contributed their time, energy and resources to provide direct humanitarian aid. It is our aim to meet the immediate needs of refugees and asylum seekers coming from war-torn countries or countries where oppression has been untenable and equally life threatening, where they arrive in Chios after life threatening boat journeys across the Aegean Sea from Turkey.
On arrival, they are met warmly by CESRT, albeit in very challenging conditions, our team provides water, food, warm blankets and a change of dry clothing. We work in collaboration with the medical team, SMH (Salvamento Maritimo Humanitario), providing a space for those in need of urgent medical care to be examined and given emergency treatment.
It is the foundation of CESRT’s work to give the people arriving to Chios a warm welcome – distributing direct and immediate aid with efficiency, empathy and humanity.
Each day volunteers of CESRT go “on call” for 24 hours. At any time in the day there could be a landing, either on the shore line of Chios or by transfer to Chios Port. We are informed by SMH of any landings and the on call team make their way to the CESRT Port Hut, located at the Port of Chios. It is here that we are able to welcome the men, women and children arriving, in a comfortable and safe space. If a landing occurs on a beach, the on call team head to the CESRT warehouse to collect the car stock, comprised of clothing, food, blankets and diapers, i.e. all the necessary supplies that will be needed to distribute to new arrivals, and then the team will drive to the location given and distribute the emergency aid at the location.