With the aim of enhancing the effectiveness of its work, improving its activities and services and its constant presence at the forefront of humanitarian initiatives, Caritas Athens implements national, european and international programs with the support of donors such as the Network of Caritas International (Caritas Internationalis & Caritas Europa), the Italian Episcopal Conference (Conferenza Episcopale Italiana), CRS (Catholic Relief Services), Caritas Italiana and partners such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Ministry of Immigration & Asylum, institutions and organizations.
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 the end of October 2021 it has served more than 1,000,000 people through various actions.
In this period the Organization participated in and ran the following programs:
Initiation: July 2016
-More than 5,600 asylum seekers, from Afghanistan, Algeria, Baglandes, Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Ghana, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Nepal, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, with reference from the UNHCR, have been hosted in total in the Urban Accommodation Program of Caritas Athens from July 2016 until October 2021.
Initiation: July 2019
Caritas Athens has served more than 4,500 recognized refugees from August 2019 to October 2021, participating in the implementation of the Program, where a total of 33,298 people have registered throughout Greece (32.06% ESTIA, 36.11% SITES, 14.56% IOM HOTELS, 17.27% RIC) by learning Greek, vocational rehabilitation assistance and finding accommodation with a rent subsidy, for the first months.
Initiation: August 2021
Donor: CRS & ELIX
In order to facilitate the process of integration into Greek society, children, aged 5-16 years, from families seeking asylum and supported by the ESTIA II program, have the opportunity to learn the Greek language, to participate in activities of various content with their parents, the contact with the community, the continuous encouragement and mobilization for the attendance in the Greek public schools and the maintanance of their action in institutions and associations, as well as their psychosocial development and psycho-education, through a holistic approach.
Duration: August - November 2021
Donor: Caritas Hellas, CRS, Caritas Austria, Caritas Ireland, Caritas Germany, Caritas Japan, Dicastero
Providing support to the residents of the communities of Kladeos, Lasdika, Pothos, Mageiras, Helidoni, Pelopio, Pefkes, Nemouta, Xirokampos and Pournari of the Prefecture of Ilia, who were affected by the catastrophic fires in the summer of 2021 by covering their basic needs, such as food, water, olive oil, basic necessities and personal hygiene, clothing, and school supplies.
-More than 1,390 hosted children enrolled in school from 2017 to 2021.
-247 hosted adults have attended Greek lessons.
-More than 500 people have found work (permanent or temporary), with the goal of their social inclusion and financial autonomy.
-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)
-Distribution of food, clothing and basic necessities
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.
Initiation: January 2016
Donor: Western Union
Monthly vouchers for super markets are provided for the relief of our fellow humans who are in need.
Initiation: May 2017
Donor: Caritas Andria
Financial and counselling support to young people who wish to start a new business.