Emergency Relief for Refugee Families in Greece

by Kid & Family Vetted since 2013
Refugee kids in despair - Hot spot Distributions
Refugee kids in despair - Hot spot Distributions

Dear friends,

 

    We would like to thank you for your support , donations and the time you sacrify to support all kids in need, we take care of. Please aware your friends toward our efforts to support refugee kids and families in desperate need. 

    Our last distributions in Refugee's Hot Spots in Athens shocked us, as we realized that the warehouses  were empty of medication, food, milk and mostly all essencials for kids. There is practically food only for adults. Babies or young kids cant have basic nutritive materials. Hundreds of refugee families in desperate need, still enter every day greek frontiers. Kindergardens and public schools receive so many refugee kids without any knowledge of our language or even worst without a real medical control  of the condition of the health of the kids arriving all over the world.

     The dream of every kid is to play , go to school and live happily, Meanwhile It was heart-breaking to realize that these refugee kids are in really difficult health conditions , with Wounds all over their bodies , sick from various diseases, lack of nutrition and the heavy and violent fealing of the Loss of everything in their hearts. Kids coming from Pakistan, Syria, Avganistan, Africa, all together , in a school class, without any intermediate period of being adapted to the language, the mentality, abandonned kids or kids without a proper house, they are just enter in the same school class. Buyling, selfinjury and suicidal behaviors are raising up so fast that we can not keep always faith that future will be better soon.

 

    Please we kindly ask you to join our efforts with your good heart to support these refugee families in desperate need. .Your donation can help provide to these families Food, and cover their basic human needs. Please give them all the love and support that they deserve as humans, because they have gone through a lot of difficulties , and it is now time for us all to participate consciously in helping them get a decent life. More than 80% of refugee children and teenagers, constantly harm themselves and have suicidal behaviours. Selfharming is life threatening and should be treated asap. Your donations help us distribute to these kids food and essensials to cover their basic needs. Kids should receive all the love and the support that they deserve. They have struggled enough and it is time for all of us to participate consciously by offering them our best, so they ll still believe in life. 

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE KIDS HAPPIER AND WE CAN HELP THEM STAY ALIVE

 

      As part of your efforts to help and support our project, please check through the attached links of our two Airbnb appartments, 1.  in the heart of historical Athens, 220m2 big, 2. the 2nd one next to Acropolis 120m2 big. Both are realy close to all public Transports, cafes, restaurants, etc with easy access from the port or the aerport. You can spend your holidays in Greece, while you also help our fundraising of our project and  vision. You can book via Email or phone.

Please stay by our side and support our vision and project, by spreading the news and creating a strong network of supporters and donators for the people in need. United we can do the impossible.

 

 

kind regards,

 

Our volunteers carrying milkboxes for refugee kids
Our volunteers carrying milkboxes for refugee kids
our mini van full of milk and sereal for kids
our mini van full of milk and sereal for kids
curring food to the warehouse of Athens
curring food to the warehouse of Athens' hot spots

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Refugee children waiting for our distributions
Refugee children waiting for our distributions

Refugees are stuck in limbo, waiting for their immigration papers to be approved, hoping to be reunited with other family members who are either trapped in other European countries or even gone missing. They are unable to travel, and can only wait for their fates to be defined by the various committees. Can you imagine being trapped in a place with iron wiring, not knowing if or when you will see your mother, your brother or child again?

To make matters worse, European and government aid directed at Greek hotspots is feeble, and the present infrastructure is not optimized for housing such a large number of people.

Tensions run high in the summer heat as refugee hotspots are not provided with the luxuries of having airconditioning in order to deal with the latest heatwave hitting the country.

Refugees are resented and overwhelmed. Reports of violence have increased exponenially. Women and girls refugees live in fear of hunger, sexual harassment, violence and abuse by male refugees or even by the authorities. 

We need your support to help alleviate refugees' suffering and improve the conditions under which they live as much as possible! We need donations and volunteers!

Refugees queuing for common meals
Refugees queuing for common meals
Refugees waiting under the sun to get fresh food
Refugees waiting under the sun to get fresh food
Refugees anticipating for our food distributions
Refugees anticipating for our food distributions
Volunteer giving boxes with food to a refugee
Volunteer giving boxes with food to a refugee
Refugee hotspot
Refugee hotspot
"Kid & Family"
"Kid & Family"'s meals for Syrian kids

Dea friends and supporters of "Kids & Family's" efforts,

I need to share with you a personal experience I recently had while helping "Kid & Family's" deliveries to refugee kids and families in Eleonas hot-spot. Eleonas and Skaramadas hot-spots are the two areas in Athens where the most detrimental cases of refugees are tranferred, refugee kids with severe health problems, mothers with their kids, and mothers who deliver their infants when reaching the hot-spot.

It was Friday 10 in the morning 2600 concentrated food with 200 boxes of canned milk are waiting in the mini van for our volunteer driver to get delivered to kids in Eleonas refugee hot-spot. My heart was beating from joy, I was impatient to give. I just finished my exams in the U.K. and came to Greece to support as a volunteer "Kid & Family's" efforts. It surprised me the number of policemen in the entrance of the hot-spot as well as the number of people who were hunging on the entrance door. The entrance was under control. Our logo on the t-shirts was the most useful 'passport'. The fact that we entered seemed just a miracle! I am going to keep that t-shirt...!

I didn’t have the chance to ask for that little boy’s name. The only thing that mattered to me was that I could see the pain in his eyes. At that moment, I thought that just playing with him would distract his attention and forget for a minute what he had been through. I wish I could take his pain away, but I was so happy when I made him laugh for hours with my jokes. I felt like I did the most beautiful thing in the world; help someone who needed it the most. Then, I realized how important it is to help people and their families, those people who have lost their homes, their relatives, and their identity.

It would have been extremely helpful to just offer a bottle of water, food, some warm blankets, or even second-hand clothes. It is important to offer our help to those people to re-create their lives under those extreme circumstances and provide a better future for their children and their families. It was a great shock for me when I realized how much these people needed our help. It came to my surprise when I found out that, despite the financial crisis and the difficulties that Greek people experience every day, they still offered their help to the refugees by providing food, clothes, and accommodation.

All these might not be news to an older volunteer, but to me, as I am a new volunteer of just one week in “Kid & Family’s” efforts, I am contrited and shocked, but at the same time so proud for my country and for the charity. That is why "Kid & Family" charity helps kids in need or with mental problems. Please urge your friends and family to support our efforts. Join us, we are struggling for funds and volunteers. Be by our side!

Warm regards,

Elina Kasapantoniou

URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS
URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS
4.500 JUM FOOD BOXES FOR BABIES
4.500 JUM FOOD BOXES FOR BABIES
our Destitute Country tries hard to keep Refugees
our Destitute Country tries hard to keep Refugees
Volunteer helping with transfering of goods
Volunteer helping with transfering of goods
food for refugees
food for refugees
Preparing_AID_BOXES FOR REFUGEE KIDS
Preparing_AID_BOXES FOR REFUGEE KIDS
Food for refugees 2
Food for refugees 2
Hunger is a cruel reallity we struggle to relieve!
Hunger is a cruel reallity we struggle to relieve!

Dear friends,

We struggle to find food supplies for our distributions to Refugee kids and families.

Our priority is kids’ nutrition and trauma healing. We need to find food supplies rich in vitamins. Even basic needs can’t be covered ,like FRESH or canned MILK.

 
Since the beginning of 2017 we are facing huge problems with the amount of products companies donate to us, as they have been greatly reduced by 50-60%!!!  At the same time,the requests for distributions have skyrocketed!

The freezers we use are no longer enough. Families in need have proliferated and their number keeps increasing. We kindly request your aid in food maintenance by buying freezers to care for children and youths 15-27 that are in danger of social exclusion.

 

We need to buy a fridge as soon as possible for the safe maintenance of delicate products, especially now that the summer is approaching and the temperature is rising, since we do not endanger the childrens’ health!

A new big fridge costs 4000€ euros , a used one 3000€. We are also in need of VOLUNTEERS! Any help would be welcome! We would be more than happy to work with you in helping refugees and Greeks ! Solidarity and initiative is essential more than ever! HUG humans united globally is asking all of us to support the children living in Greece...

The economic crisis has greatly damaged Youth's health, their incapacity to afford housing, the fact that they can't get any access to universities due to their povrety, ...or even worst they can't afford to feed themselves. The situation in Greece has created a generation of youths (ranging from 10 to 25 years old) that is an impoverished and underpriviledged one. This generation will soon start having kids of its own...

Our H.U.G. FOUNDATION (Humans United Globally), extends Kid & Family's work to ages 15-27 due to the massive number of requests that one organization cannot respond by it’s own, because of the drastic increase in needs in infancy and early childhood as well as adolescence, amongst Greeks and refugees. A second generation has already begun to be destroyed. The data pertain to 2015, but we still lack data for 2016 and 2017. Our mental health center is currently the only institution in Greece for children and young adults. At the same time,the public university appartements accomodating students have been been reduced from 48 to 7 appartement complexes, and the employees have been greatly reduced: from 46 to just 8 people! This is because of all the reductions imposed to the Greek public sector by the IMF!

This is also the reason the number of care workers in state hospitals has been reduced to such an extent. Instead of establishing new care units for children in hospitals, to aleviate the decadent physical and mental health of minors, our hospitals are flooded with refugees with only half the work force they had in 2008. By offering economic support here, you are helping Kid & Family continue to support children between 0-10 years old, and HUG to extend Kid & Family's work to ages ranging from 15-27 years old -the age spectrum most severely impacted by the current crisis. Uneployment rates in this age group are as high as 75% . Meanwhile, the prevalence rates for mental illnesses in childhood and adolescence have risen to 20% of children and youth in Greece according to official Eurostat reports!

Unemployment and mental illnesses are ravaging the tenderest age group of Greece! We are appealing to everyone, to help united as a HUG ,to reestablish the proper coverage of basic needs such as the need for food, housing and the right to education, to the generation most harmed by the ongoing economic crisis. In order for this to be realized, we ask for your support in spreading the news of this important effort of citizens and NGOs like 'Kid &Family' and 'HUG' that care for children and youths in Greece! 

Soon we will invite you to a global symposium with the subject of restoration of the lives and dignity of children brought upon by the economic crisis .You will receive an invitation fir participation.

URGENT NEEDS:

FOOD SUPPLIES,

at least on of each ... FRIDGE and FRIZER!

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts,

warm regards,

Joy is as important as food for curring the trauma
Joy is as important as food for curring the trauma
one of our supporters visited with as a Hot Spot
one of our supporters visited with as a Hot Spot
Adults help less than children in distributions
Adults help less than children in distributions
Kids are our Angel-volunteers!
Kids are our Angel-volunteers!
hope adults will join our efforts too!
hope adults will join our efforts too!
the only Fridge we have! Impossible to feed enough
the only Fridge we have! Impossible to feed enough
H.U.G humans unite globally
H.U.G humans unite globally

Dear Friends,

Once again we cannot stress how grateful we are to all of you and to Global Giving for the invaluable response and support to the ongoing refugee crisis in Greece.

Our work with so many refugee families, after Greece became the gateway to Europe for a record number of refugees and migrants, has left us with mixed feelings. On the one hand with your help and hands on aid from both local and International volunteers we have been witness and instrumental to keeping children and families alive, fed and clothed, while on the otherhand we experience a growing sense of futility because of the lack of coordination, decent housing, health care, safety, education and programmes of intergration.

Unfortunately despite the huge influx of aid incompetence on all sides has led to the problem becoming more acute, funds have been wasted, people have become mere numbers, resentment has been fueled and we have seen a rise in violence and crime. To add to the growing discontent Greek families too are beginning to live like refugees in their own country because of the ongoing financial crisis . The result has had lethal cosequences and it has come to affect the more vulnerable groups of refugees the most! The worst cosequence however is the drop in morale and the growth of indifference because of a problem that has dragged on and that doesn't seem to have a quick fix solution. Children might not be dying on the shores of Greece but they are living without hope for a dignified future!!

In order to fight the lack of solidarity we have introduced our project H.U.G (Humans United Globally) where refugees and local residents are called upon to work and live together. We have managed to get both refugees and Greek citizens in need both participating as volunteers and sharing free art, music, sports and psychology workshops in order to strenghthen their relationship and to find common ground from which they can build a better, safer and more productive future. We are also in the process of setting up decent accommodation in the centre of Athens both for Greek students in need and refugee families starting a new life. It goes without saying that we are in dire need of funds to keep reaching our goals.

In an environment where the word "refugee" carries with it so many negative conotations because of the way International politics is dealing with this humanitarian crisis, Kid & Family is desperately trying to value each and every human being that has been displaced due to war and poverty. Through ou project H.U.G  we have made it our mission to join forces with other NGO's in order to find a way to turn this humanitarian disaster into a learning tool for all of us that want children and families to live in peace and prosperity.

TOGETHER WE CAN INVEST IN THE GROWTH OF SOLIDARITY RATHER THAN THAT OF DISCONTENT

Help us extend a HUG to all the children and families in need, with your help whether it is through your donations or by sharing our call for help with your friends, family and community you will be instrumental in keeping the flame of humanitarian aid alive and our resolve as strong as the harsh reality requires!

Workshops for Greek & Refugee children
Workshops for Greek & Refugee children
Distributions made easier when ALL work together
Distributions made easier when ALL work together
Getting gifts after sharing creative workshops
Getting gifts after sharing creative workshops
H.U.G workshops for Sharing Caring & Integrating
H.U.G workshops for Sharing Caring & Integrating
Refugee & Greek volunteers sharing the burden
Refugee & Greek volunteers sharing the burden
 

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Location: Athens - Greece
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Roumpini Terzaki
Athens, Athens Greece

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