We are delighted to share with you the first results of ‘Giving for Greece’ and its thematic programme for unaccompanied refugee children who arrive in Greece. Read the following received from the Bodossaki Foundation:
#safehome: a new home for 321 unaccompanied minors
Within six months of the announcement of the programme, and thanks to donations from individuals and organizations from Greece and around the world, we can now offer a safe home and all necessary services to 321 unaccompanied minors. Our partners are the most active NGOs in the field – ARSIS, Praksis, Doctors of the World, METAdrasi and Medical Intervention.
A new shelter is already welcoming young boys aged between 12 and 15 years old. It is located in Athens and is run by NGO Medical Intervention.
Here is the video of the making of the shelter
Within the next few weeks, a second shelter will be ready to welcome 30 unaccompanied minors, and will be run by NGO Praksis. Thanks to the work of the construction company AKTOR, an old nursery school is being fully renovated to meet the needs of the kids. More will follow!
None of this would have been possible without the contribution of our donors. Large scale organizations such as the Hellenic Initiative, Libra Group and Lifeline, as well as individuals such as the Leventis family have contributed to creating a #safehome for refugee kids. We would like to thank each and every one of our donors and we hope that you will continue to support our efforts in the future.
The Guardian hosts a breathtaking report on the conditions refugee children are faced with inside the so-called ‘special places for the accommodation of foreigners’, which, in fact, are detention facilities for more than 3,400 refugee kids currently registered in the country. Helena Smith, the Guardian’s correspondent in Athens, highlights the efforts of the Bodossaki Foundation’s team as ‘the heroes in the drama’,
To read the full article, click this link
This year’s Concordia Summit, hosted in NY between 19 – 21 September, includes a private sector forum on migrations and refugees, whereby Sofia Kouvelaki, program officer of the thematic fund for unaccompanied refugee children, gave voice to their needs and dreams in front of the world’s most powerful. The aim of the summit is to transform and enhance the way global leaders approach the world’s greatest challenges.
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There is a lot you can do to contribute to our efforts. Follow us on social media, like and share our material and help us spread the word to your communities. With more than 1,500 refugee children currently without a shelter, the need for a #safehome is more urgent than ever. You can also donate to ‘Giving for Greece’ and support the work of the Bodossaki Foundation as follows.
Here is the link to support our efforts.
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