Maison Charlotte – shelter for refugee women and children
Maison Charlotte is a cooperation project between just human and Safe Place International (SPI). SPI provides a 3-room apartment in Athens as living space for women and children.
just human finances a social worker with a part-time job and takes over the maintenance costs of 90 € per month per person (food, additional costs, medical care etc.) with the help of sponsorships.
Maison Charlotte offers room for 10 people (e.g. 5 women with one child each). The housing offer is named after the woman who contributed to the creation of this project in May 2020 by sending a message to just human. She was six months pregnant at the time, living on the streets and urgently asked for support.
The Maison Charlotte has opened its doors
Charlotte was already able to move into the Maison Charlotte in mid-June. Since the end of June Flora has been working for just human in Athens and after a short internship she took over the care of the women and children at Maison Charlotte. At the beginning of July a woman who had fled with her little son and two other women moved in and at the end of July another three women moved in, one of them with a little daughter. A total of seven women and two children now live at Maison Charlotte, the tenth place belongs to Charlotte’s baby, who was born in August.
The women who live at Maison Charlotte have had to flee from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the DR Congo, Eritrea or Cameroon. Two of the women were persecuted in their homeland because they love women.
While fleeing, all women experienced further violence, were in prison, capsized their boat, lost relatives and friends. Almost all of them then lived in Moria, one of the children was born there.
Flora tells us that the women at Maison Charlotte are indescribably happy and relieved. The employee, financed by just human, is part of the SPI team and can participate in the team meetings and training sessions. In addition, just human offers her weekly coaching and ongoing training on stress, trauma and self-care.
We are dependent on support for the financing of Maison Charlotte and additional individual help for the women and children. Every donation helps!