DESMOS received an amazing amount of support as a result of our response to the recent wildfire affected areas in Greece.
From day one, our team took action by utilizing the immediate response of individuals, companies and other civil society organizations to offer assistance of any kind and cover immediate needs.
We managed to establish communication channels with local authorities, organizations and entities that operated in the field. On a daily basis we gathered and shared to anyone interested accurate and up to date information on the immediate needs created by the disaster as it developed.
During the first day of the fires and thanks to the support of our extensive network, we provided refrigerators for the preservation of water, juices and food products in the affected areas, power banks, special gear for animal rescue teams as well as equipment and essentials for the care of the rescued animals in the Varimpompi area, we also offered special masks with filters for the volunteers who supported the firefighters, water, juices and food products, individual milk packs for the firefighters in Northern Evia, individual personal hygiene items for the people that left their homes and many many more.
In the following days we continued our open dialogue with the people in the fire affected areas and proceeded with addressing other important needs. Specifically, we offered cooked meals in villages in Ancient Olympia, transportation for specialized volunteers going to Northern Evia, and high water pressure machines for cleaning purposes. Additionally, we offered tablets to facilitate people applying electronically for state financial assistance, diffusers and scented oils for decongesting odors in unburned buildings, medicated ointments for burn care, school bags, pencil cases, water bottles and lunch boxes for school children. in the burned areas.
As the fire affected areas are not in the spotlight we are now coming closer to a more clear understanding of the damage and the long-term effects of the fires are emerging.
Residents are facing an uncertain future. The severely damaged natural environment, which was the source of their livelihoods and the center of their economic activities will rejuvenate but at its own pace and although rebirth has slowly begun, it will take decades to become productive.
The team of DESMOS continues daily communications with local authorities and organizations that have developed in situ action. We recently visited Vilia in Attica and municipalities in Northern Evia to get to know the communities and the people, to discuss and record their views and needs. More field visits will enable us to identify the specific actions that will produce a positive change and an added value in the fire affected areas.
Hundreds of individuals and companies in Greece, as well as 2 important initiatives of the Greek diaspora in the USA and Australia, have contributed to our fundraising campaign with an amount of € 180,000, DESMOS is committed to live up to this trusty in order to undertake projects and actions that will offer substantial assistance to the areas affected by the tragic fires of this summer and to help the traumatized communities recover
We encourage anyone willing to donate to use the following Bank Account:
ALPHA BANK, IBAN: GR1101401240124002002007025 (Desmos Non-profit Foundation), indicating in the transfer details WILDFIRES 2021.
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Our promise is that we will identify the needs and respond accordingly, as we always do.
We thank you for your trust!