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Participation & implementation of National, European and International Programs in cooporation with the Network of Caritas International, CRS, UNHCR, IOM, the Ministry of Immigration & Asylum and Caritas Italiana, in order to enhance the efficiency of the Organization's work, to improve its services and to achieve consistent participation at the forefront of humanitarian initiatives. 

Since the beginning of the refugee crisis in Greece (August 2015) Caritas Athens has expanded its activities based on solidarity, the relief of the basic needs and the processes of social integration of refugees. Up to and including December 2020 it has served approximately 1,000,000 people through various actions. 

In this period the Organization participated in and ran the following programs. 

HELP CENTER FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Duration: April 2016 – December 2019

Donor: Caritas Italiana

Development of Listening Centers at the parishes of the Diocese of Athens in cooperation with the parochial Caritas.

Sessions of psychosocial support are provided at the Center with possible referrals, if necessary, as well as job counseling and programs of creative employment for psychological relief and social integration.

It is addressed to parishioners, refugees and migrants, by appointment.

FEAD

Duration: until 31/12/2019

Donor: Municipality of Athens

Distribution of food to families in need by the Municipality of Athens. In parallel, the same beneficiaries attend counselling sessions, in the framework of the Social Partnership “Athens: Capital of Solidarity”, funded by the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in which Caritas Athens participates as a partner.

SHELTER FOR REFUGEES / "ESTIA" PROGRAM

-More than 4,500 asylum seekers, referred by the UNHCR, have been hosted in the Urban Accommodation program of Caritas Athens from October 2016 until December 2020. 

-Today, 860 people from eight countries (Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Somalia, Kuwait, Bangladesh) are being hosted. 

DISTRIBUTION OF PREPAID CARDS

More than 32,000 refugees, beneficiaries of financial assistance who live either in Shelters or in autonomous places of residence throughout Attica, are served monthly. 

SUPPORT OF AUTONOMOUS LIVING / "HELIOS II" PROGRAM

-More than 25,543 recognized refugees (34.5% ESTIA, 31.60% SITES, 18.60% IOM HOTELS, 15.75% RIC) have enrolled in the program and have been supported by learning Greek, vocational rehabilitation assistance, and findining accommodation with a rent subsidy, for the first months. Caritas Athens served approximately 3,500 people betweeen August 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020.

EDUCATION

-More than 1,200 hosted children enrolled in school from 2017 to 2020. 

-227 hosted adults have attended Greek lessons. 

WORK / "LIVELIHOOD" PROGRAM

-More than 300 people have found work (permanent or temporary), with the goal of their social inclusion and financial autonomy.

REFUGEE COACHING: “From now on … .What?”

Initiation: November 2017

Οffered by volunteer coaches - members of the Hellenic Institute of Coaching Greece & Cyprus

Personal empowerment sessions to support adult beneficiaries, in order to discover / accomplish their goals, through thoughtful steps to start a new life, either in our country or in a country of relocation.

LIVELIHOOD / SOCIAL INCLUSION

-Through the "Livelihood & Social Inclusion" Program, 4,866 events were organized in which 18,052 people participated. 

-At the same time, Caritas Athens supports Greeks, as well as immigrants who have lived in the country for many years, who have material and psychological needs, especially after the economic crisis.

In collaboration with the Help Center, at 52 Kapodistriou Street, Caritas Athens created and supports Listening Centers in collaboration with the Parishes Caritas of the Holy Archdiocese of Catholics of Athens, covering needs such as:

-Training of volunteers for the staffing of these centers

-Work counseling (at individual & group level)

-Psychosocial support

-Financial support through specific programs 

 

 

DISTRIBUTION OF CLOTHING

Twice a week clothing is distributed to all ages. 

More than 3,000 refugees, who passed through Athens (in the period from the end of 2015 until the beginning of 2016) with the prospect of settling in another EU country, received new clothing. 

SUPER MARKET VOUCHERS

Donor: Western Union

Monthly vouchers for super markets are provided for the relief of our fellow humans who are in need.

ENTERPRENEURSHIP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Donor: Caritas Andria

Financial and counselling support to young people who wish to start a new business.

Caritas Athens is a Non-Profit Organization (NGO) which has been recognized as such by the state, and is a member of Caritas Hellas (a branch of Caritas Europa and of Caritas Internationalis, the philanthropic organizations of the Catholic Church, which play an active role in over 165 countries worldwide)

Contact Information

Caritas Athens
9, Omirou str. 106 72 Athens
Tel. / Fax: (+30) 210 3626 186
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Working hours:
Monday to Friday: 08.30 – 16.00

Sector Refugee Programme
52, Kapodistriou str. 104 32 Athens
Tel.: (+30) 210 5246 637 & (+30) 210 5249 564
Fax: 210 5246 646
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Working hours:
Monday to Friday: 08.00 – 16.00

Help Center
52, Kapodistriou str. 104 32 Athens
Tel: +30 2103317471
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Monday to Friday: 08.00 – 16.00 (after appointment)


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