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 difficult for many of these children, that their school lunch is the only meal that they will receive on a daily basis. Through our grant, and matched donations from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, we have provided 130,000 meals to students suffering from food insecurity and hunger.