Smyrna my beloved: Immersing into the events of Smyrna 1922

Film Review: Smyrna my beloved

The film does an excellent job at portraying the events that led to the Asia Minor Catastrophe through the eyes of an prominent Smyrna family with Greek roots in a balanced fashion. It highlights the fact that the Asia Minor Diaspora held different view as to the stance to be taken in the war, or how the Turks that were living in peace with the other nationalities were pressured to either side with the nationalists or to be treated as traitors themselves. The film respects historical accuracy and offers an unbiased view, providing equal screen time to all sides that played part in this story. The captivating storytelling allows for the impact and emotional toll of the events speak for themselves. The production, attention to detail, and research that must have gone into the creation of the film are also of the highest standard. A highly recommended offering for everyone with important lessons for followers of current events.

John Sotos

THI Canada, Co-President

Film by : Tanweer Productions

The movie “Smyrna” is based on Mimi Denissi’s stage play “Smyrni moy agapimeni”

 

Senior Awareness Month

During the month of June, we will try to bring to light real concerns that are commonly shared among seniors, particularly in Greece, and will try to open a dialogue that will one day provide solutions available to everyone. 

Follow us on our social media to learn more about major concerns for our loved ones and how we can improve conditions for those affected.

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In Greece, seniors that have always been the cornerstone of the traditional Greek family have been affected greatly by the ongoing financial crisis, but also by changes in familial structures and values.

Most of us have the image of a “Pappou” or “Yiayia” sitting in a chair in the corner of the family room and offering their life wisdom to the younger generations. It was very common up to more recent years that the elders would stay with their children and grandchildren when they could no longer live independently. The changes that have taken place in more recent years, where the living conditions have altered the family dynamic for several reasons, mainly financial, have caused a major shift in the living conditions for the so-called 3rd generation. The seniors can no longer be taken care of by their children, as it was more commonplace for past generations. We also have a much better understanding of certain degenerative physical conditions and mental health issues that require specialized professional help that families alone simply cannot provide.

The reality for many of these people is that now that they are in retirement, dependent on the severely reduced pension and benefits, they struggle to secure the basics. In the best cases, where one is in a relatively healthy state, they still require assistance with everyday tasks to get by and their limited resources and financial insecurity puts a great strain that leads to other mental health concerns. The increased costs of daily living, from groceries to utility bills and basic medical care are many times hard to meet and so this leaves them vulnerable and helpless.

During the month-long campaign, we will try to bring to light real concerns that are commonly shared among seniors, particularly in Greece, and will try to open a dialogue that will one day provide options available to everyone.

Programs such as the 60+ with Doctors of the World Greece try to provide some relief to the issues mentioned above. The program that was co-supported by TIMA foundation and THI Canada during the Pandemic and aimed at providing assistance and medical care to seniors that could not leave their homes. What was once an emergency response has now evolved into so much more. Through the initial implementation, the team was able to identify deeply rooted issues and to uncover this group’s vulnerability and lack of a safety net against adverse circumstances. We aim to present these issues respectfully and try to find solutions for them, together.

 

With the kind support of TIMA foundation

 
 

Emergency Humanitarian Aid for Ukrainian Refugees

More than 2 million Ukrainians, mostly women, children and elderly victims of the crisis, have fled their homes to escape the unprovoked Russian attack of their homeland.    

The horrific Russian invasion has forced more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees to seek safety and protection in neighbouring European countries.  We applaud the humanitarian efforts in the border countries of Poland, Romania, Moldova, Hungary and Slovakia.

RESPONSE FOR UKRAINIANS ARRIVING IN GREECE

About 15,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Greece to date.  There is an immediate need for food, shelter, and medical aid. 

The Hellenic Initiative Canada is working with Doctors of the World (MdM) Greece to provide humanitarian aid, medical support and other services for Ukrainians arriving in Greece.  The program will provide:

  1. access to MdM Polyclinics, shelters and mobile units in Athens, Thessaloniki and Kavala to provide food, shelter, protection and care for Ukrainians arriving in Greece
  2. medical aid and psychosocial support services
  3. material aid to Ukrainian families to help cover basic needs

The Hellenic Initiative Canada has committed $25,000 to support this program.  We are asking for your help to raise additional funds to assist MdM Greece provide medical aid and other humanitarian services for Ukrainians arriving in Greece.   

Please help us help the women, children and elderly victims of the Ukrainian crisis.