COVID-19  Greece Project #49585

Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece

by Crete For Life
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece
Educate Over 45 Disadvantaged Children in Greece

Four years ago, Kinari*, a young girl from Pakistan,arrived alone in Greece with a small baby. We met her while she was living in temporary accommodation, frantically looking for work, without her family or any money. The pandemic hit her particularly hard as she could not find work nor leave her child in the local care facility. During the lockdown, we stayed in touch regularly and occasionally managed to assist her whenever possible.  A volunteer teacher gave her Greek lessons online, and she made good progress under her difficult circumstances. In 2022 Kinari made us proud, andwe want to share her amazing achievement with you. Kinari is a graduate of India, and the University of Crete has offered her a post for a master's degree in protein biotechnology which would give her access to the profession she is passionate about and to which she feels she can make an important contribution. Not only is Kinari studying for her future and the future of her little girl, but she is also mentoring and assisting other students. This was possible because of your generosity and we hope you will continue to give many other boys and girls like Kinari the chance they deserve!

*not her real name nor photograph

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A new school year is approcching and it is an essential chance for catching up on education, especially for disadvantaged and displaced children and young adults living in Greece.

Post pandemic, online lessons are less of a necessity, but are still important for children living far from main centers of learning. We are focusing our resources on girls and young adults offering Greek language online learning and practice as a necessary skill for integration and future employment.

The start of the new school year also demands new kits and expenses. Getting school supplies donated and distributed to students is only possible because of generous donors like you!

We would really appreciate if you would consider making a donation to help us reach 45 students get their school supplies and tuition for the new school year.

Our recurring donors are truly making a lasting difference for displaced children living in Greece. If you haven't had the chance to sign up for a recurring donation yet, we would be very grateful for your ongoing support.

If you have any questions please feel free to conatct us at www.creteforlife.org

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We are delighted to let you know that the Greek language lessons continue with impactful results, albeit for a few students. For example, both brother and sister A. and J. from Afghanistan have become so fluent in Greek that they have no problem following the standard curriculum in their local school, with excellent results.

Group lessons are naturally less effective than individual ones, especially for the younger students. For this reason, we are focusing on a few students who are running far behind with their education. However complex the Greek language is, the commitment of each of the students is admirable, and all of them report that they love the lessons and look forward to improving their skills. The teachers, who are all Greek university students, are also pleased and proud to work with them and appreciate the possibility of earning a little bit with the lessons.

These online lessons are helping to transform the lives of the displaced and those around them. Your support is vital to continuing this program and reaching out to more students. Thank you, Olimpia.

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Photo is from Plan International Canada website
Photo is from Plan International Canada website

It's almost 2 years since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our lives have changed and we are more and more used to living and working digitally. These changes are here to stay!

Faiza and Fahim have continued with their Greek lessons and we have added more children and young adults to our online lessons for refugees and displaced children and young adults. This was achieved thanks to your generosity.

Faiza and Fahim's lives, and those of the other kids we are supporting, are encoutering more opportunities than challenges from this distance learning. Most are learning from their mobile phones, almost all are living in small spaces and have little privacy. Their Wifi and mobile data are often instable and always expensive. However, most of them would not have access to formal education and therefore even with struggles and adjustment, having online lessons is really very important to them. Our program allows them to acquire language skills (Greek and English) that are so essential to their integration, working opportunities, general education and social skills.

Education is a human right. We should not allow the Pandemic to further increase setbacks in the general education and learning of refugee and displaced kids and young adults anywhere. Luckily online lessons are a very valuable, economical and empowering tool keeping isolated young adults in touch with volunteers and teachers who are giving their time and energy with passion and enthusiams. With your support we could further increase the number of students and hours offered. Thank you!

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...We are close to the children we support thanks to you!

STAYING IN TOUCH, LEARNING GREEK ONLINE AND MUCH MORE

Research shows that lockdown isolation can particularly affect young people. They might be feeling lonely from being separated from their peers, even more so those children and minors growing up in difficult circumstances. Thanks to our donors and volunteers we have been able to insure internet access and online lessons of Greek and English language to over 20 children. In addition to studying, the children assisted have been supported by the volunteers with activities and games to build their confidence, develop positive connections and cope with change while having fun.

“I’ve been inspired to help young children learn Greek and to build a friendship that I’m sure will last a lifetime. The satisfaction of giving is really special and I’m just grateful for the opportunity to do something good in my life. This has brought a lot of happiness into my life.” Chris, volunteer at Crete For Life

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Crete For Life

Location: Rome - Italy
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Olimpia Theodoli
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