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    Day 29

    Snug as a Bug in a Rug

    When you picture the Greek Islands, what do you see? For most, white-roofed beautiful houses, warm air and the bright shining come to mind. This is very true in the summer. The winter, however, can be a different story.

    During the colder months even the Greek Islands can get cold, wet, and drop below freezing. And on the island of Lesvos, the guesthouses where refugees stay needed a bit of a face lift to make them suitable for winter.

    For Day 29, we took the first step toward making that happen.

    The floors of the Lesvos guesthouses are all tile, and if you’ve ever walked on cold bathroom tile in the middle of winter, you know exactly why this is a problem! It’s COLD! And for refugees who are sometimes missing even the basics, sitting or walking on cold tile is sure to be uncomfortable.

    The solution was simple: rugs! The rugs make the floors softer, warmer, and cozier. “Mum, look this is like the one we had at home!” a 7-year-old girl from Syria exclaimed.

    The guesthouses now have some added color and even feel more like home to boot. It’s just one step. But it’s a step in the right direction.

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