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.
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.
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.
-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.
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.
-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.
-More than 1,200 hosted children enrolled in school from 2017 to 2020.
-227 hosted adults have attended Greek lessons.
-More than 300 people have found work (permanent or temporary), with the goal of their social inclusion and financial autonomy.
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.
-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)
-Financial support through specific programs
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.
Donor: Western Union
Monthly vouchers for super markets are provided for the relief of our fellow humans who are in need.
Donor: Caritas Andria
Financial and counselling support to young people who wish to start a new business.