More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx. Thus far in 2016, we have seen more than 170,000 crossing the Mediterranean Sea to enter Europe. In Greece, where the bulk of the refugees and migrants enter, it was recorded that more than 850,000 came in 2015 and around 150,000 in 2016.
Lesvos receives the bulk of Greece’s refugees. In 2016, a staggering 89,000 landed on the island.
Although in an economic crisis ourselves, the people of Lesvos have responded with the utmost generosity and kindness towards these desperate refugees. At evo3 olive farms, we had a duty to help out in any way we could as this is our social mission, helping those in need. Thus, we reached out to Lesvos Solidarity (PIKPA), an open solidarity refugee camp located in the heart of the capital of Lesvos, to donate our organic extra virgin olive oil so that they can cook the food that they prepare everyday for the refugees who have sought out shelter and hospitality. We salute the volunteers who keep this camp running and give a little hope to the refugee souls who stay there.
Donating our extra virgin olive oil is the least we can do as a company, and we will continue donating it and raising awareness of the refugee crisis that Lesvos, Greece, and Europe as a whole continue to face.