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Becky's Bathhouse

Becky’s Bathhouse is a women and children’s centre and shower facility serving families residing in Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. We provide hot showers, but our primary aim is to create a safe, warm, and welcoming place for women and children to disengage from the everyday realities of Moria. In everything we do, we want to reinforce the basic autonomy and dignity of every woman and child that visits our centre. As a team of women from all over the globe, we cooperatively foster a safe space that allows women to take a breath, children to play, and all visitors, service users and volunteers alike, to leave the space with a sense of self-efficacy. This is what makes our small but wonderful women’s space so profound-- it’s a human response to an inhuman situation.
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10. July 2019
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16. August 2020
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Our Centre

The Bathhouse is next to the sea and equipped with laundry facilities, private showers, a bathroom, a small kitchen, a beauty station, and a play area for the children. Additionally, we have a back area designated for clothing inventory and additional clinic spaces which can be used for massages, quiet rest areas, or other wellness treatments. Our kid’s play area is filled with toys, books, and art supplies so the children who come can feel like kids and have fun. This allows mothers to feel at peace watching their children play in a safe environment.

We make and distribute hygiene bags to all of our guests. These bags are hand made and donated to us by incredible individuals. We fill the bags with hygiene products donated from LUSH such as soaps, body washes, and shampoos, as well as pads and prenatal care items including diapers, creams, and lotions. Each child that comes to the Bathhouse leaves with a small toy or book.

We are a womxn-centred space, due to this, we will only accept femme-identifying individuals. Additionally, the work we do can be very emotionally charged and straining, thus in order to ensure our team is responsible enough to navigate difficult situations, we only accept volunteers over the age of 23. Priority is given to those who have a European or international driving license and can drive a manual 9-seater car. Additionally, volunteers who are able to commit to a minimum of three months are an asset. 

While it is not necessary, it is very beneficial if our volunteers have experience working with displaced and vulnerable persons, and/or have knowledge of the political situation in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as knowledge of the European Refugee Crisis and frameworks of migration, immigration, and refugee movements. Some of our past volunteers have worked with large humanitarian organizations, and for others, this is their first experience doing such work. What we have in common is a passionate belief that womxn of all walks deserve lives of dignity, autonomy and security. 

Volunteers 

We aim to give all our volunteers an insightful and empowering experience. If you have particular skills that you think might be useful in making the centre a welcoming and exciting environment, please do tell us about them. We are a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization powered by a very small team of volunteers, so individuals who are independent, courageous, and able to see and take initiative will make great additions to our team. 



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