The Greek America Foundation proudly announces the launch of our Project Hope for Greece #ChildrenOfGreece campaign that seeks to raise funds and awareness for specific charities in Greece.
Since 2013, with the support of donors throughout the United States and Canada, we’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthwhile charities and individuals in Greece.
In addition to numerous beneficiary charities, we’ve rebuilt fishing boats for fisherman, provided tons of food and helped thousands of disenfranchised people through various programs.
Our new campaign, which will run from 2019-21, aims to raise awareness and funds among North Americans about the challenges faced by the most vulnerable members of Greek society today — the children.
Throughout modern Greek history, children have always been the biggest victims of war, poverty and social unrest. During these extreme moments, the Greek diaspora, particularly in North America, always responded in a resounding way.
Our campaign will remind our supporters, with various #ThenAndNow posts on our various social media channels, that philanthropy to Greece isn’t something new and that the needs today are as critical as they were 50, 75 and 100 years ago.
Today, one in four children in Greece face extreme poverty, making the country the worst place for children in the European Union, according to official statistics by Eurostat.
During the next two years, with your support, we hope to raise funds and awareness for six Greece-based charities whose work directly impacts children in all facets of life — from birth through their developing years, into adolescence and beyond.
Charities We Will Support
The six charities we will be supporting are the following: ELIZA, The Home Project, HOPEgenesis, Ark of the World, METAdrasi and SOS Children’s Villages. In all cases, we shall receive financial documentation from each charity and monitor their fine work to ensure that all funds donated on behalf of our generous donors help the people they seek to serve.
The Eliza Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is the only Greek charitable organization with the exclusive purpose of providing protection and care to children who have suffered or run the risk of suffering abuse or neglect. The organization operates based on the following principles: a) respect of children’s rights as citizens of the world regardless of culture, nationality or religion, b) multidisciplinary scientific approach and use of evidence-based practice c) transparency and integrity.
The Home Project is an Athens-based non-profit organization that addresses the needs of refugee and child migrants who arrive in Greece alone. The organization moves children from the streets, camps, police stations and detention centers and brings them into shelters where they receive support, protection and social integration services. The Home Project currently operates 11 shelters where more than 220 children receive a holistic network of services covering food, shelter, material, medical, psychosocial, and legal, support.
HOPEgenesisprovides comprehensive medical care and treatment for pregnant women who live in remote areas or isolated islands until the day they give birth. The organization’s staff includes various medical professionals such as gynecologists, nurses, midwives and administrators. Its mission is to contribute to the revival, development and the gradual increase of Greece’s population. HOPE is currently active on 28 islands where communities have recorded zero or very few births since 2015.
Ark of the World provides shelter for abandoned children in Athens. Ark currently cares for 200 children — infants to 18 years old. Ark strives to relieve these children of poverty, hunger, illnesses, misery, exploitation and illiteracy. In addition to the children’s well-being, the organization also focuses on keeping families together and, when possible, not institutionalizing children and instead keeping them with their mothers. Ark also provides monthly financial support — rent, water, electricity bills, etc. — for no income mothers and helps them find employment.
METAdrasi facilitates the reception and integration of unaccompanied refugee children and immigrants in Greece. The organization protects unaccompanied children who have been separated from or lost their parents and safely escorts them from detention centers to suitable accommodation facilities. These facilities provide children with legal aid, certification as victims of torture and other humanitarian support. Furthermore, the facilities help children re-integrate themselves into society through programs such as Greek language lessons and work placement opportunities. The children also have receive linguistic accommodation through the provision of 350 interpreters trained and certified by METAdrasi.
SOS Children’s Villages in Greece focuses on helping families to cultivate a nurturing home environment for their children. The organization also provides alternative care once the children can no longer live with their families. SOS’s specific programs include the Family Strengthening Program, which works directly with families, many of which are single parents looking after children alone. The organization provides family services such as parental counseling as well as material, social and emotional support.
About Project Hope for Greece
Launched in 2013, Project Hope for Greece is a fundraising effort that channels the power of our constituents and supporters and encourages them to get involved through a series of projects and programs that raise funds and awareness in order to bring hope to the people of Greece.
The project’s purpose is to inspire philanthropy among Greek North Americans and engage our network of friends and supporters to come together on a grassroots level and raise funds for various accredited charitable organizations in Greece.
Project Hope for Greece capitalizes on the power of people and their ideas and encourages them to host an event or fundraiser that suits their personality, talent or skill.
Thanks to the philanthropy and creativity of our members and supporters, Project Hope for Greece has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to date for reputable charitable organizations doing important work in Greece.
Visit Project Hope for Greece’s main landing page and see the work we’ve done with our supporters over the years.