Shelter, access to clean water and adequate sanitation are pressing needs for those fleeing from conflict and oppression. In 2017 our organisation began improving shelters and sanitary facilities for displaced people in Serbia and we are currently working on Lesvos, Greece. With our experience and due to our small size we are able to provide aid fast and efficiently in situations where it is most needed. Watershed is a officially registered charity based in Cologne, Germany.
What we do
Access to clean water in sufficient quantity is a basic need for every human. Clean water is a vital requirement not only for hydration but also for many essential household activities that prevent infectious diseases. We are working hard to provide this basic need to displaced people living in official reception centres and for those sleeping rough on the streets. We have build water points for homeless refugees squatting in abandoned warehouses or car parks in Belgrade or Thessaloniki and repaired or added water points in official governmental camps throughout Serbia and in Greece.
The accommodations inside of reception centres can often be described basic as best. In many cases they do not allow for dignified living conditions and in some cases they do not even fulfil the basic requirements of a shelter. However, those sleeping rough on the streets are hit the hardest. We have distributed tents to homeless refugees in Serbia and are working on improving and repairing accommodations in reception centres. We have sealed roofs of residential containers, provided electricity connections to tents, provided heating to rub halls and distributed firewood.
Clean and working sanitation facilities are vital for hygiene, vital for health and vital for a dignified existence. In many reception centres the large number of users per facility puts immense pressure on the system. This leads to broken toilettes, unusable showers and sometimes to a collapsing sewage system, whilst there are often no facilities at all for those sleeping rough on the streets. We have provided portable toilettes and build basic showers for homeless refugees in Serbia and we are ensuring that there are enough usable facilities in reception centres that we have worked or are working in. We repair and build toilette facilities, unblock sewage pipes, repair sewage pumps and repair or build warm water showers.