A Summary of Refugees' Needs and Our Capabilities

The challenges faced are stated below, by category, as are the suggested solutions:


  • Shelter
  • Toilet whilst in the care of either the PA or the Police
  • Reliable supply of water
  • Food
  • Warm clothes (for some)

Shelter solutions:

The Municipality has generously offered the use of the village Hall for hosting the refugees.  The capacity of the Hall is 70-80 people.  Priority is given to families with young children.

Toilet solutions:

  • Chemical toilets: The municipality has now two of these but it is not clear how they should be maintained. The public toilets of the island are now back in use, which has helped a bit, but has not resolved the issue.

Supply of water solutions:

  • Bottled water:  The water on the island is not drinkable and bottled water is the only option.  Water coolers that allow for both hot and cold water will be very helpful to have at the PA, the Police station, the two houses that will be used for the emergency housing and one or two at the medical centre as back up - set up 23/11

Food solutions:

  • For those who arrive and are still in the care of the PA or the Police: need to keep a supply of the high energy biscuits that the UNHCR already have on the island, as well as baby milk and UTH milk cartons for the children, polyurethane cups for warm drinks and trauma blankets
  • Food for those who remain on the island once they have registered in anticipation of the next boat: this is a major component of our effort and in collaboration with the municipality, Shanti is responsible for feeding 1 hot meal a day to an average of 80 people.

Clothing solutions

There is a supply of clothes from donations, which is kept in a newly donated storage area, a 10-minute walk from the Port Authority and 15 minutes away from the Police station.

The same storage area will be open for 2 hours per day so that people who may still need clothing, but maybe not as a matter of urgency can go there.

Although there is currently a good stock of clothing, there are always come iterms missing. If you would like to donate clothing, kindly address an e-mail to Iphigenia or Mimika at contact@shantirefugees.com in order to ensure that we are sending only things that are needed, given the limitation of storage space.


The island has two doctors: Bassar Mussa and Ioannis Randos.  Bassar is a Syrian gentleman and Ioannis is the young, optimistic doctor who is keeping the humanitarian face of the island alive with amazing organizational skills.

  • Medication - will be on its way week of 30/11, accompanied by the doctor from Athens
  • 300 trauma blankets - TBC
  • Body freezer. Although a grim prospect it may become a realistic one as the weather worsens and as there is no other provision, it is very important.
  • Heating in the premises of the medical centre - to be delivered week commencing 30/11/2015
  • Carry mats - to be delivered week commencing 30/11/2015
  • Inflatable mattresses - delivered 23/11
  • Covers


  • Reliable boat for the challenges they face (they currently use an inflatable boat which is often not big enough, according to regulation, to be used for the amount of people it carries). 
  • A chemical toilet or resurrection of existing toilets that are currently disused but not on the premise.  Their preference is the chemical toilet, as the refugees must remain on the premises until all paperwork is complete. 
  • Outside shelter for refugees who must wait outside. 
  • Heating


  • Outside shelter for people who must wait outside.
  • Stackable chairs so that refugees have somewhere to sit whilst they wait - delivered 23/11
  • Chemical toilet.