A friend introduced me to someone that she thought was working at the refugee camp in Athens through Facebook, but she responded and let me know she recently moved to Thessaloniki. She was eager to help my cause and introduced me to a woman who is working in the camp in Athens.
The woman working in the camp responded:
I enjoyed reading your email. I feel really touched and inspired by your personal insight. I salute mothers, fathers who have put their children on boats hoping they will have better future. Ever since I received the first boat in Lesvos, they became my heroes and constant inspiration.
Of course I can help you. Please contact me before your trip, so we can make a plan. I will either be in Athens (Skaramangas camp) or Lesvos (Kara Tepe camp), but nevertheless can help you carry out your mission.
I read the Facebook message and tears streamed down my face. I couldn't stop crying. This was a huge logistical piece to my mission and she was willing to help. I re-read her message and cried some more. I called a friend to share the news and I couldn't get the news out. I was so choked up, but in the most beautiful way. We sat in silence on the phone and I allowed the emotions to flow. My tears reminded me of those inspirational stories I come across on the internet, where anyone with a heart, is guaranteed to weep after watching the video. This is how I felt and I allowed the emotions to flow. With her help, I can leave my fingerprint, my mark, in Greece and truly bring joy to the refugees. We are all connected. One Love!!