These days, Dirty Girls are involved mostly with the collection and washing of dirty blankets and sleeping bags and their distribution in the Lesvos and mainland camps.
Dirty Girls is also working, in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), to take truckloads with thousands of washed blankets to refugees in Serbia.
The work of Dirty Girls has changed from when we were sorting literally tons of dirty clothes to now, where the focus is on the washing of blankets and sleeping bags.This means there is less of a need for volunteers with Dirty Girls, so when we have too many enthusiastic enquiries, we suggest people use their various skills to help with people stranded in camps.
We suggest that you contact Holly or Ben at Indigo Volunteers for help with the most suitable placement.
Young and old and somewhere in between, since Dirty Girls began, over 1,000 volunteers from over 20 countries joined Dirty Girls in Greece as humanitarian and environmental aid workers, either exclusively or in collaboration with other organisations we work alongside.
We’re grateful for the fun and camaraderie of days and evenings spent together; and the understanding that it isn’t just about dirty laundry. It’s about the individuals who are represented by each item; the people forced to make the dangerous journey from their homes to wash up on the shores of Lesvos.
We have the privilege of being in Greece where a helping hand has been extended, while many of Europe’s governments (and others) now lock their heart and doors.
Meanwhile, those who aren’t able to actually be here with us, have become Dirty Girls with their financial support; either with individual donations or with money raised from Fundraisers. We can’t function without them. Their support allows us to say yes, when no would mean materials would be trashed rather than washed; when no would mean that we couldn’t help provide the dignity of cleanliness.
So you see …. Dirty Girls are everywhere! And you can be one too.