CRIBS International is a registered charity providing homes in Greece for pregnant refugee women and families with new babies. These families have come from camps and squats where living conditions are squalid and desperate. They have fled from war zones, ISIS and the Taliban. CRIBS rents, furnishes and pays the bills for apartments so that women and their families are able to have a place to call their own and a quiet space to recover, close to medical facilities. Few things can restore dignity to a refugee family like the ability to close their own front door on a flat with walls, a ceiling, a private bathroom and kitchen. More than just accommodation, CRIBS International provides a home where you can keep your family warm and safe.
CRIBS International started as an initiative by several independent volunteers who had been working in the woman and baby space in a camp near Chalkida, Greece. The idea was born (quite literally) with baby Ahmed, whose mother required an emergency Cesarian section. Clearly, sleeping on the bare earth floor of a tent was out of the question for a woman recovering from major surgery, and alternatives needed to be found for this crucial recovery period. While Ahmed and his mother were very kindly put up by a local family, the isolation from the rest of their family was difficult, and they returned to their tent earlier than was ideal because of this and suffered health complications as a result. With approximately one in ten refugee women pregnant and the cesarian section rate in Greece at an astonishing 70%, it was obvious that pregnant women and their families needed more adequate housing.
CRIBS International operates completely on the generousity of regular people making regular contributions. We may not all be rich, but together we can all make a difference! The health of these babies depends on their mothers making a speedy recovery in a clean location. If you want to give a gift to a mum-to-be who already “has it all,” we urge you to make a donation in her name and share some joy with a refugee family.