The following programs are completed:
PROVISION OF FOOD FOR THE REFUGEE PROGRAM’S SOUP KITCHEN
Donor: Ioannis S. Latsis Foundation
Duration: October 2015 – December 2015
Meals offered: 8,450
Donor: Caritas Italiana
Duration: 15/1/15 – 15/1/16
Counseling on social/ legal issues - Meals’ distribution (soup kitchen) - Clothes’ distribution -Distribution of additional food & clothing - Accommodation for vulnerable individuals -Language courses - Creative play – Socialization - Play room, Christmas party - Visit to: the Zoo, the Acropolis Museum, the Planetarium.
EMERGENCY POVERTY RELIEF – SOCIAL GUIDANCE ON INTEGRATION OF VULNERABLE MIGRANTS IN ATHENS
Donor: Solidarity Now
Duration: September 2015 – April 2016
Co-financed actions of the Refugee Program:
Food distribution - Clothes Distribution - Distribution of baby food and toiletries - Social Services - Language courses - Creative play for children - Payroll for Caritas Athens four employees - Group sessions for counseling on pregnancy, supported by a volunteer midwife from Hippocration Athens’ General Hospital, two social workers, and three interpreters from Caritas Athens.
EMERGENCY HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO THE BALKANS – START I
Duration: November 2015 – April 2016
Within the framework of the program we distributed 2,372 jackets, 2,403 raincoats, 2,168 pairs of shoes, 2,855 pairs of socks, and 2,468 underwear to 3,036 refugee beneficiaries. We also launched the operation of new toilets and shower facilities for the needs of the Refugee Program’s beneficiaries at 52, Kapodistriou street, as well as the Day Center for Refugee Families at Victoria Square (8, Ainianos street), aiming to cover their most basic needs (personal hygiene, food, children care and play, distribution of clothing and web access). We ran information campaigns for refugees at the port of Piraeus thrice a week and daily at Victoria Square, distributing 10,426 flyers with practical information in English, Arabic, and Farsi.
It is worth noting that the model Day Center was awarded an international prize for innovative spaces in 2016 for resembling a House rather than a Service. World Future Council, Filia Die Frauenstiftung Institute & UN Women, ranked it among SPACES category, where the beneficiaries would not need to book an appointment and they can decide whether and when they should share their concerns with counselors.
RELIEF FOR REFUGEES & MIGRANTS – START II
Duration: 1/04/2016 – 31/08/2016
The program enabled 43,793 (119% of total target) refugees and migrants to enjoy a dignified, safe, and secure living. Half (50%) the beneficiaries did not receive any help from the Greek State, given they were accommodated in unofficial refugee camps.
Offers and facilities included: - Food distribution - Showers - Safe playroom - Distribution of cash cards - Psychosocial support - Information services - Distribution of prepaid cards to refugees /migrants accommodated in Camps of Skaramangas and Elliniko (concurrently with Caritas Hellas).
Duration: 1/8/2016 – 30/9/2017
Donor: LDS Charities
Duration: 1/9/2017 – 28/2/2018
Support to the Refugee Program’s activities
HELP CENTER - HELP COMMUNITY FOR VULNERABLE PERSONS
Donor: Caritas Italiana
Duration: 30/4/16 – 30/04/17
A Help Center began operating in downtown Athens (8, Emmanouil Benaki street), inaugurated by Cardinal Montenegro, Caritas Italiana President, on July 26th, while financial aid to the Refugee Program’s Soup Kitchen was offered as well.
The Help Center aspires to offer professional psychosocial support to migrants, refugees, and mostly Greeks originating from local parishes of Athens’ Catholic Archdiocese, staffed with competent employees through actions, such as: counselling sessions, creative play, indoors and outdoors activities to socialize and develop skills, as well as to integrate into society.
LOVING AND OFFERING by Caritas Hellas
Donor: Benefit Foundation
Duration: January 2016 – February2018
Financial aid to 180 families in different areas, covering their expenses, such as for rent, utility bills, food and medication, depending on a family’s financial situation.
–SUPPORT FOR THE ELDERLY
Donor: ΤΙΜΑ Benefit Foundation
Duration: May 2016 – April 2017
Aid to senior persons at home, offering them goods and services alike, such as moral support, company, and paramedical items, as well as entertainment organizing excursions and attending cultural events.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION TO VULNERABLE FAMILIES
Donor: Hellenic Red Cross
Distribution of food packages to forty-six (46) vulnerable families.
Donor: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Duration: July 2017 – September 2018
It aspires to integrate refugees in the Greek society and to develop bonds (social ties) with members of the local community, getting to know and to support each other, participating in joint recreational activities, developing interpersonal and cross-cultural skills and offering support in everyday life.