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Empower residents affected by the fires in Greece

by EMFASIS FOUNDATION
Empower residents affected by the fires in Greece
Empower residents affected by the fires in Greece
Empower residents affected by the fires in Greece
Empower residents affected by the fires in Greece

The newly elected Government has now started to announce its new social policies which also include the fire affected victims. This is causing movement and renewed hope for a faster processing of all the pending cases.

 

Emfasis works with the families of the victims on a bi-monthly basis. Either in teams on an individual basis, we promote social involvement, workshop participation and always having a purpose for the daily life. 

 

Hence, with our guidance and positive encouragement more tangible progress has been documented regarding:

  • applying for new jobs
  • looking for temporary housing

 

It is very noticeable that the bonds with their area and their community/neighbors are strong so it's very hard for them to move along to elsewhere. Nevertheless, common experiences make them more empathetic to each other as they move together towards empowerment.

 

Overall, more than 40 residents have participated in our streetwork appeal, workshops and sessions.

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After the Municipal and European Parliament elections, parliamentary elections have now elected a new government and everyone is anxiously waiting for the new announcements, regarding the reestablishment of the possessions of the fire affected victims.

We have assisted 6 more families to follow up with the process of the house classification as well as with the house inspections. Total of families assisted this term is 9.


Our team of social workers have conducted 3 workshops with the following themes:
- stress management
- recreational occupation
- community relationships

They have proved to be very productive and to our big surprise, the participation has been very active and engaging.

Our Emfasis social worker, fire affected victim herself too, continues to provide weekly guidance with regards to adjusting to the “temporary” way of life, through regular visits and mainly giving them the opportunity to share the burden of their everyday problems.

Special Initiatives:
One year memorial service, support and advisory
Summer activities
environmental talk about planting own gardens, mainly for vegetables, a very popular remedy for residents aging 55+ years old.
"Living well" weekend in July - sharing tips by Emfasis collaborating experts about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Ten months have passed since the catastrophic fires of the 23rd and little has changed for those affected by them in terms of government support.

Municipal and European Parliament elections are close and many of the key issues that had been identified as priorities since the incident, have not yet been addressed.

 The progress of the house classification as to whether they are to be rebuilt or repaired is still slow but ongoing and most of the owners still live under temporary housing in the neighboring army camps.

Most of us would expect for some kind of improvement but hefty bureaucracy slows down any willingness to progress.

The victims are frustrated with the existing situation and try to cope with the trauma since life goes on and they are trying to stand back to their feet with what they currently have

Our team of social workers with the rest of our social scientists work side by side with them and continue to assist them in their everyday life, guiding them through all the necessary procedures.

 

For the past term we have established further our presence in the community.

Our Emfasis social worker, fire affected victim herself, provides weekly guidance with regards to the processing of the paperwork, submissions, requests for benefits, coordination between social services and the community members. Life gradually returns to normality as most of the papers are reissued giving a sense of justice.

 

Our Emfasis social worker, fire affected victim herself too, provides weekly guidance with regards to adjusting to the “temporary” way of life. We conduct regular visits, community workshops, where we discuss daily burdens and how to overcome depression caused by uncertainty. Many of the family members, mostly younger ones, have chosen to move in someplace else due to the discomfort of the camps. After several months of interpersonal relationships with the victims we have established a strong bond, with them trusting us and confessing their everyday problems.

 

Special Initiatives:

During Easter period we visited the camps more often, organizing activities and festive celebrations trying to offer them a sense of dignity and warmth. Some of them are becoming more active and strong so they are in the position of also helping the more vulnerable ones and we are extremely happy to see them supporting one another.  

In the months to follow we hope that things will slowly become easier for them and we will be on their side trying to make that happen.

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Here is our latest news from our Empower residents affected by the fires in Greece project! 

 

Six long months have passed since the terrible day of July 23rd 2018.  

 

For those affected dramatically by the destructive fires. Greece has entered a pre-electoral period. Lots of promises, but little has been delivered.

As per the team of our social workers/scientists, there is very slow progress on the assessment of the house classification (completely destroyed, half destroyed, in need of major repairs, in need of minor repairs). The government mechanical and engineering teams are under enormous strain to complete the assessment process as most of the owners of the houses are still housed in army camps.

Life in the army camps is challenging. House conditions are basic.

What is mostly missing is being able to re-create a life from the past:

Being able to cook your own food. Being able to be independent and in control of your own destiny. The residents still have to get supplies from the municipal grocery stores, queue for essentials, receive food from the army soup kitchen, etc. They do not have essentials such as a mini cooking stove, oven etc.

 

Emfasis Foundation continues the support of the community in the following ways:

 

Our Emfasis social worker, fire affected victim herself, provides weekly guidance with regards to the processing of the paperwork, submissions, requests for benefits, coordination between social services and the community members. Finally a large number of significant documents, have been reissued, replaced etc, giving a sense of return to normality.

 

Our Emfasis sociologist, fire affected victim herself too, provides weekly guidance with regards to adjusting to the “temporary” way of life. We conduct visits, community workshops, where we discuss daily burdens and how to overcome depression caused by uncertainty. Families are “broken” in the sense that some members have moved towards the city center, in order to be closer to their work, hence they don’t live together. The relationships are tense, as they are consumed by worry and concern about the elders who chose to live in the army camp. As we go deeper and deeper in their stories, we focus on active hearing and continue to build relationships of trust and mutual respect. 

 

Special initiatives: During the Christmas Festive period, we have organized special activities by the elderly fire affected members of the community to help and support the elderly homeless of Athens. This was highly therapeutic and empowering, giving them the opportunity to feel that they are fully fledged members of the civic society again and they are still in a position to help not only themselves but also others.

Empower residents affected by the fires in Greece

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It has been almost four months since the devastating fires in eastern Attica that burned and wiped off several houses in the areas of Mati and Kokkino Limanaki. Over 3.000 houses were completely destroyed, whilst residents were perished, traumatized and affected both emotionally and materially.

Our team of streetworkers visited the local community only hours after the fires, documenting individual needs and providing aid on the ground, emotional support and individualized guidance.

We gathered individual cases, based on which we developed an action plan to empower them through employment, psychosocial counseling and group activities for elder residents and children.

A month later, we already welcomed two members in our team in the capacity of social scientists, who themselves were part of the fire affected community and were unemployed. This way, we supported in the most dignified way of employment two young people who now help tens of members of their local community.  

Believing on how important the involvement of the local community is long term, we are focusing on addressing needs on a steady basis starting with psychosocial support including crucial guidance regarding bureaucratic procedures that tend to cause burden and frustration leading to disappointment and insecurity for those who no longer possess their most basic documents, such as I.D. etc.

One of the new members of our team said: “Emfasis and GlobalGiving didn’t only give me the chance to recover through employment in my field of expertise as a sociologist. They offer me the opportunity to assist, to empower, to support and finally to relief fellow humans with whom I share the same wounds and needs and that is an act of humanity…”

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EMFASIS FOUNDATION

Location: Dafni, Attiki - Greece
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Project Leader:
Maria Karra
Dafni, Attiki Greece
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