Duurzame energie voor vluchtelingen op Lesbos

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van totaal € 5.000 (72%)

Help ons, de studenten van Energy for Refugees, met het opzetten van duurzame energie systemen in vluchtelingenkamp PIKPA op Lesbos! Het kamp heeft hoge electriciteitsrekeningen en wordt daardoor onder druk gezet. Dat willen wij met alle kracht veranderen en daar kun jij bij helpen!

Wij zijn Energy for Refugees (EFR) en bestaan uit zeven internationale studenten van de TU Delft. We doen momenteel onze masters in Construction, Civil Engineering en Sustainable Energy Systems. De situatie in de vluchtelingenkampen spoort ons aan om op te staan en om onze capaciteiten en kennis te gebruiken om duurzame oplossingen te bieden. Jouw hulp is nodig voor de uitvoering: draag bij aan het redden van kamp PIKPA!

PIKPA is een klein vluchtelingen kamp op Lesbos, Griekenland, dat onderdak biedt aan 120 kwetsbare vluchtelingen. Hieronder vallen ook jonge gezinnen. 

Deze zomer gaan we 40 zonnepanelen installeren voor zeven nieuwe houten huizen en als er genoeg financiering is ook voor een gemeenschappelijke ruimte in het kamp PIKPA. Zo neemt de afhankelijkheid van de publieke partijen af en zorgen we dat de vluchtelingen op Lesbos verzekert zijn van energie. 

'EFR is an initiative by TU Delft students combining humanitarian support with sustainability, something I strongly resonate with. I extend my heartfelt support and wishes for this project in Lesvos, Greece.' - Maurits Groen, WakaWaka

Zeven families die hun kleine houten huizen kunnen koelen of verwarmen, hun eigen eten kunnen bereiden, hun eten en medicijnen kunnen koelen, 's avonds kunnen lezen of ander activiteiten organiseren en een normaler leven leiden. Wees deel van dit waardevolle doel en doneer!

EFR is een project van de Energy Club en wordt begeleid door een hoogleraar zonne-energie van de TU Delft, Olindo Isabella





Roos van Riggelen


Anurag Bhambhani: Hoi! I am a Civil engineer studying MSc. Industrial Ecology with strong passion for Solar Energy. EfR is inspiring for me because it presents a complex wicked problem, the solutions are not straight forward and that makes it interesting from the point of view of problem solving. In my free time I like to surface my ‘problem creating’ side, plan elaborate pranks on friends and play the devil’s advocate in arguments just for the fun of it.

Manolis Tsioukanis:  My name is Manolis, and I am doing my Master’s in Sustainable Energy Technology. Growing up near a big power plant in Greece and watching its impact made me realize the need for clean energy. I joined the EfR team to help provide sustainable, free energy to those who need it most, to cover basic needs like education, medical care or heating. I really enjoy working as part of a team, and am always open for finding new, creative ways to overcome challenges.

Shivam Srivastava: Hoi, I study Master's in Management of Technology. I come from India and share a sense of empathy towards the courageous people living in refugee camps who lost their everything and look upon in search of their identities again. I joined EfR for the above reason and to practice my knowledge to an area where a little effort can make a difference. I feel akin to my teammates and enjoy working with them.

Karthik Badarinath: Hallo! My name is Karthik and I am currently a Sustainable Energy Technology Master's student at TU Delft. I strongly believe that electricity is one of the basic needs for long term well being of a community. This motivated me to be a part of EfR and help make a small difference in the life of the refugees, by providing the camps with clean and sustainable energy. Working with a team of like-minded people has been enjoyable. I hope EfR continues for many years to come, making our planet a better place to live.

Roos van Riggelen: Hello! I am Roos, I am from the Netherlands and do my masters in Construction Management and engineering, second year of my masters. I have been looking for some time to find a way to make myself useful for the refugees in Greece. The inequality between the refugees and me is to big and the EU an Greece are able improve the situation of the refugees. That is why i feel personally responsible to make their lives better and do as much as i can.  

Gamze Ünlü: I am studying my masters degree currently in Complex systems engineering and management. Together with this great team, EFR is the initiative where I actually get to explore this complexity in a real humanitarian crisis and where I have the chance to be at least a part of the solution for the energy needs of refugees! One good thing about me: I always try to find the positive sides and ideas even tough the end of the tunnel seems dark.

María Miranda Castillo: Hola! I’m María from Spain and I’m studying MSc. Sustainable Energy Technology. When I heard about the possibility of joining a team to provide sustainable energy to a refugee camp, I had clear that I wanted to take part on it! EfR answers my main motivation as engineer of solving real necessities that improve people’s lives, and have the opportunity to do it with other students as enthusiastic about it as I am it’s a great experience!

We zijn gestart in februari, we hebben gewerkt aan de afronding van het technische systeemontwerp, het creëren van meer bekendheid en publiciteit voor ons project, het optimaliseren van onze plannen door deze te bespreken met de organisatie van het kamp Pikpa, hoogleraar zonne-energie van de TU Delft, Maurits Groen van Waka Waka , Energy Club, energiebedrijven zoals Exasun. We benaderen nog steeds andere bedrijven, stichtingen en instellingen om ons te helpen met sponsoring.

PIKPA is een klein kamp in Griekenland, aan de zuidoost kant van Lesbos. Het is een open kamp dat gerund wordt door vrijwilligers onder de naam ‘Lesvos Solidarity’. Het verzorgt een dak voor 120 vluchtelingen, waarvan vooral kinderen en vrouwen. In de toekomst willen ze het kamp uitbreiden tot 200 vluchtelingen. 

Sinds 2012 een totaal van 30.000 vluchtelingen hebben onderdak gehad bij het kamp. Niet alleen vrijwilligers zetten zich in voor dit kamp, ook de vluchtelingen zelf helpen mee en verzorgen emendeerde van de diensten. Het kamp wordt ondersteund door onder ander Artsen zonder Grenzen, IRC, UNHCR en ander kleinere organisaties.


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Updates from Lesvos!

16-07-2018 | 08:24 Finally, all exams are over and we have been very busy with the last preparation to go to Lesvos. On Monday we started the trip: in the early hours, we flew from Amsterdam via Athens to Lesvos. Once in Lesvos, we were escorted by our contact person from PIKPA camp to immediately visit the camp. After an introduction round and a glass of water, it became clear that it is not possible to place the PV panels in the camp! Two weeks ago, we received the news that the camp was being sued by the surrounding residents and hotels and that the local authorities are trying to close the camp. This was not the first time the camp was threatened with closure, but it was never as serious and organized as this time. PIKPA is working hard and doing everything to keep the camp open. But for now, they are being careful with any additional settings (in form of investments or changes) as it would attract attention to the camp. They are taking precautions by double-checking every action as they are afraid it will be used against them. However, even after facing these atrocities, they are really enthusiastic about our project. As for them, it does not only represents a reduction of the financial pressure but also a way of educating and developing the camp in a sustainable way.  More about Lesvos. How did this situation arise?  Pikpa was overburdened with extra refugees from Moria camp which made it difficult for them to keep up with security and hygiene measures. This gave the local authorities a reason to sue Pikpa. This situation arose after there was even a major fight broke out in the bigger camp at Lesvos, Moria about a month ago.  Moria is a camp with a capacity of 1,500 refugees, but currently, they are accommodating around 7000 refugees. These inhuman conditions lead to frequent altercations and diseases. We visited Moria camp and it is truly a pity. The desperation and the different cultures squeezed together in this small camp results in tensions between the different groups. On Friday, May 25th, many Kurdish families, and other refugees fled the camp, about 300 of these were temporarily housed in PIKPA and stayed there for a few weeks before they were brought back to Moria. This was a very intense and critical time for PIKPA camp because it was running way above their capacity. The hotels and residents around the camp are afraid of PIKPA developing into a second Moria in their neighborhood. This concern is understandable but PIKPA is a different kind of camp mostly for kids and women. It is the kind of place that restores self-esteem for the people living there and is full of volunteers who all support the camp wholeheartedly. Due to the temporary large group that stayed in PIKPA, the concerns of the people around were fueled. Future plan  In the Netherlands, we already started looking for other options to still be able to install the PV system if PIKPA is closed finally. We have been considering several alternatives with Lesvos Solidarity and other organizations on the island and we have been meeting them in the past few days. With the help of PIKPA, we have come in contact with an organization that is aligned with the working principles of Lesvos Solidarity and is working alongside them to support the refugees on the island. We have a strong commitment to two entities throughout the project, namely the refugees on Greek islands and our donors without whose support we would not have the means to help those refugees. Keeping this two-sided commitment in mind, we are currently talking with other stakeholders and trying to find effective ways to still provide the benefit of free electricity for the refugees. We are positive that we can find another way to get the job done. We will keep you posted with the developments over the next week.
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