Today 63% of the Greek workforce is unemployed or poor. Despite the rhetoric, austerity measures and heavy taxation have had a devastating effect on daily life. 40% of small and medium sized businesses have shut down in the last 3 years. KID & FAMILY is currently distributing AID, food & basic essential supplies, directly to 4,750 homes to save them from diseases & hunger. Our distributions ensure that families with young children existing in extreme poverty survive. We need your help to go on!
There are currently more than 1,000,000 jobless in Greece, with the highest concentration in the city of Athens (the capital). The prolonged, intense crisis has affected thousands of families with young children, now unable to feed and care for them due to parents being unemployed. Short-term State benefits have been severely cut and these people live on the verge of total despair and even suicide. We need to keep them alive and afloat, keep their kids in school, keep their dignity intact.
KID & FAMILY cares to feed children and help them continue schooling. We help families to survive. We provide food & personal essentials directly to 4,750 homes of identified newly jobless parents with young children. Goods include nutrition, detergents, personal hygiene items,schoolbooks, stationery,schoolbags,clothes,toys. We give free psychological support sessions to both fragile parents & children, free health care and optometrist, free hairdressing,free private lessons for kids who need it
The families we deal with are not homeless or life-long social wrecks. We strive to prevent them from disintegrating during a very hard phase. Our discreet distributions prevent them from standing in long breadlines for a loaf; our psychological support helps them retain their dignity and composure and either keep seeking employment or attempt something new on their own. Most importantly, their kids are able to continue schooling, well fed and provided (still no public school meals in Greece).
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
BBC World video on Greek crisis, KID & FAMILY!
CNN video on Greece's "new poor", KID & FAMILY!