UNHCR Field Office Samos distributed 39 solar powered lamps which also function as phone chargers. 321 refugees who at the moment do not have access to power supply benefited from the distribution.
First used in 2014 in Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, as an intermediate solution until the power grid was in place, these solar lanterns have by now lit the lives and provided security and improved quality of life for hundreds of thousands of refugees around the world.
On Samos their distribution was bound to be emotional. “A humbling experience,” shares our colleague Sokratis Vlachakis, Senior Supply Assistant on Samos. “A two year old boy came up to me and hugged me so tight. He wouldn’t let go. His dad approached, shook my hand, and thanked me. “He is afraid of the dark,” he explained quietly.
The distribution was made possible thanks to the support of the European Commission – Humanitarian Aid.