What We Do
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 Greece
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.
Cerebral Palsy Greece Open Door
Cerebral Palsy Greece was founded in 1972 in response to a pressing need for the care of people suffering from cerebral palsy, in Greece.
CPG never isolated itself, nor the people in its care. On the contrary, it has sought to raise the barriers and build the bridges that will ensure that disabled people are incorporated into the normal society of their fellow-men and women.
Giannitsa Soup Kitchen
The soup kitchen was established in 2003, and feeds 100 citizens of the Pella area on a daily basis. The meals are prepared in an area that is specifically for this function within the cultural center by 70 female volunteers. These meals are then dispatched to the homes of people in need in strict confidentiality and discretion by an employee.