About

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.