Today may seem like just another average day, but for the Greek America Foundation’s volunteers, who are on the Greek island of Chios serving unaccompanied refugee minors — it’s more than that.
While some volunteers are at a school — operated by our partner charity METAdrasi — offering basic education to the children…
Others have taken the kids to the beach with them for some good old fashioned fun.
All the while, other volunteers are at METAdrasi’s shelter — helping to prepare the evening’s dinner and simultaneously offering companionship to the children.
With a network of trained social workers and interpreters, METAdrasi has become active throughout Greece, where it escorts refugee children from detention centers or inappropriate conditions to proper accommodation facilities.
Founded in 2010, METAdrasi’s main aim is to facilitate the reception and integration of refugees, migrants and unaccompanied children in Greece. The organization fills crucial gaps in areas not covered, or covered only to a limited extent, by public authorities or other NGOs.
The organization has escorted approximately 11,000 children during 4,000 escorting missions. According to the latest statistics, 40% of the missions concern escorting from the islands to the mainland. 41% of the escorted children come from detention centers, 36% from hotspots in the islands and 8% from homelessness.
For its second year, the Greek America Foundation has championed volunteerism for North Americans in Greece. Through our Service Learning program aimed at 18-25 year-olds, we have offered young adults life-changing experiences by engaging them in impactful volunteer programs in Greece.
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