Answering the call for families
Greece’s economic depression has pushed families to the brink. As of the fall of 2013, one in five households and nearly 600,000 children were living below the poverty line. Nearly half of all Greeks lack health insurance. These staggering numbers cannot communicate the impact on individuals and families. In the face of unrelenting austerity and government budget cuts, it is nonprofits on the ground that are repeatedly called on to do more with less.
THI, together with its relief partners, is answering the call by providing a critical safety net to families hardest hit by the crisis. These partner organizations are carefully selected based on proven track record, efficiency and transparency. Initial partners include:
SOS operates a series of “villages” that provide abandoned and orphaned children with a family environment. Additionally, SOS operates six family support centers throughout Greece to keep families intact through the crisis.
Doctors of the World / Médecins du Monde – Greece (MdM-Greece), founded in 1990, is a medical humanitarian non-governmental organization and is a member of Médecins Du Monde International. The guiding principle underlying MdM’s activities is that every human being has a right to humanitarian assistance, irrespective of their gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, ideology or political persuasion. The long term goal of MDM is to make healthcare a basic human right.
Prolepsis/Diatrofi provides one daily meal to schoolchildren throughout Greece. The situation is so dire for many of these children that their school lunch is the only meal that they will receive on a daily basis.
THI Canada’s grant, with a matching donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, has already provided 130,000 meals to students suffering from food insecurity and hunger. THI Canada’s further contribution of $50,000 provided food for 450 students for the 2018-2019 school year and the support continues for the next school year.
THI Canada is continuing to support and provide meals to students in need for the school year 2019-2020 by working with Prolepsis/Diatrofi and a further grant of $50,000 CAD.
The following schools participated in the DIATROFI Program with the grant provided by THI Canada (all students attending each school received the meal on a daily basis)
1. Κindergarten of Sageika: 30 students
2. Elementary school of Sageika: 140 students
3. High school of Athens for students with special needs: 74 students
4. High school of Aghios Dimitrios for students with special needs: 124 students
5. Kindergarten of Alexandreia for students with special needs: 4 students
6. Elementary school of Alexandreia for students with special needs: 29 students
7. High school of Argyroupolis for students with special needs: 30 students
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