Author: Fayea Goldman

After weeks of preparation and thanks to your generous help, the AMURTEL Mother-Baby Area in central Athens has opened its doors to refugee mothers and babies. At our new center we will: deliver antenatal and postnatal care to mothers and babies; address the critical needs of infant feeding from birth to two years of age; and provide a safe and relaxing environment for refugee mothers and babies. Midwives and breastfeeding specialists are here every day to assess pregnant women and mothers and...

Former long-term volunteer, Anastasia Shepherd, shares why you should consider volunteering with us. 1. A small, flexible team. Amurtel is an international organization, but the  team in Athens is very small and led by volunteers. While there are some benefits to working with a large organization, like having lots of funding, I have found small organizations like Amurtel are much more flexible and achieve results faster.  The refugee crisis is changing and morphing every day, and with a small team, you can...

In this article from April 2016 (since reposted to this site) the AMURTEL Greece team shares the evolving needs of mothers and babies at Pireaus Port. It’s a hot day at the port, more like June than April. The sea breeze coming in over the water helps cools down the mothers and babies waiting outside our small camper cum Mother-Baby Area. We’re parked outside the port’s stone warehouse, a large windowless building converted into a temporary refugee shelter. Located midway between the...

In this article from January 2016 (since reposted to this site), AMURTEL Greece shares the challenges that faced pregnant women and mothers on their journey to safety. It was a swelteringly hot August day in Victoria Square, downtown Athens. Inside one of the many spontaneously erected refugee tents sat a very pregnant woman with two small children at her side. Even from outside on the pavement, we could see sweat on her brow as she fanned herself continuously and looked miserably uncomfortable. Seeing how...