Hunger
 Greece
Project #15250

Emergency Relief Packages to 4,750 Greek Families

by Kid & Family
Distributions: Donated supplies are getting rare
Distributions: Donated supplies are getting rare

Dear Friends,

Thankfully it is with a sense of hope that we are able to report back to you. Although the situation in Greece has not in any way improved and we see that all the more Greek families are slipping into the sad statistics of poverty, we are nevertheless so grateful for your support and the support of our volunteers.  

  • Greek families are living like refugees in their own country and we are faced with the harsh reality on a daily basis. 

Unfortunately families are no longer in a position to support each other and organizations like ours have come to replace the traditional family support system. With your help, against all odds, we continue to distribute food and basic supplies to more than 5000 families throughout the country as part of our Hunger Relief programme. The amount of families needing help and asking to be included into our Emergency Relief Packages project  are growing on a daily basis and it is extremely difficult to keep up with the relentless results of the austerity measures. More and more families are facing poverty every day! Together with the housing problem where families are losing their homes due to extremely high taxation and the rise of unemployment there is the problem of health care as the system cannot keep up with the growing health problems caused by the huge amount of refugees carrying fatal diseases that had long been eradicated in Europe.

  • Greek families have been largely overlooked in the struggle to balance out the needs of the refugees in Greece and although a lot of people on a personal level have come together to help children and families in dire need most NGO"s are focusing on the Refugee problem and overlooking the way this is influencing all people living in Greece. For this reason we are witnessing a surge in violence and discontent instead of one of solidarity!

For this reason we have introduced our H.U.G (Humans United Globally) project where refugees and local residents are learning to live and work together through art, music and sports workshops. Our goal is to motivate both groups to participate as volunteers and to strenghthen the relationship between both the poverty stricken Greek families and the war torn Refugees.

H.U.G is supporting and empowering our “emergency relief packages”, with free workshops for social integration of the families in need, psychological support specialisted on selfharming , unfortunately very often affecting kids. We are  also trying to deal with the serious problem of students that have gained entrance to the University in Athens but are unable to attend because they have no where to live or even the basics to live by.

In 2014 there were 18 student residencies with a staff of 48 for every 300 students

In 2017 there are only 4 student residencies with a staff of 7 for every 500 students

The general consensus is that our youth is not able to get an education!! 

  • Due to your donations and a lot of hard work from our volunteers we have however been able to refurbish a part of a 5000m2 building we used to use as a warehouse for our distributions, in the centre of Athens

A part of it has been refurbished to offer students that don't have the means to find a home away from home. Although it is a drop in the ocean we have come to realize a valuable lesson and that is if we all work together, if we are united in a common goal, a drop turns into a puddle and in turn flows into a stream only to become a forceful river of change. It is this change that we are so desperately working towards and everyday we are witness to the profound difference help in any form makes to so many lives.

TOGETHER YOURS AND OUR EMERGENCY HELP CAN BRING RELIEF TO THIS DISASTER

We call on you to help us with your donations in order to ensure we have products and supplies for our distributions. Together we can create an enormous HUG of solidarity that can start from Greece and reach all people.

Please help us continue hoping that TOGETHER we can help ALL young children and students in Greece to survive, to be educated and  to dream of a better and brighter future.   

Gathering donations and supplies for distribution
Gathering donations and supplies for distribution
Distributions - volunteers
Distributions - volunteers' team
Emergency relief packages for Kids & Families
Emergency relief packages for Kids & Families
WE NEED MORE FRESH PRODUCTS FOR OUR DISTRIBUTIONS
WE NEED MORE FRESH PRODUCTS FOR OUR DISTRIBUTIONS
WE HAVE TO CARRY ...WHERE NO CAR CAN ENTER
WE HAVE TO CARRY ...WHERE NO CAR CAN ENTER
Together we can make a difference
Together we can make a difference
H.U.G with workshops for Greek & Refugee children
H.U.G with workshops for Greek & Refugee children
After "Working Together"workshop, Kids took gifts
After "Working Together"workshop, Kids took gifts
Our Team -  giving to make kids happy!
Our Team - giving to make kids happy!
Let
Let's make Stella's christmas wish come true!!

Dear Friends and Fellow Philanthropists,

 

In an attempt to keep you all informed on the progress of our cause we are once again faced with the harsh reality of day to day life in Greece. For us the problems have always been and are  becoming all the more personal!!

Meeting one of the many young and bright students, unable to move to Athens because of their poor economic status, highlighted the problems our society is facing due to the unprecedented economic crisis.

Stella has been accepted to Athens Law School, an extremely difficult feat in itself,but, like so many other young people she does not have the means to find somewhere to live in Athens.Studying has been and still is her top priority however her motivation has dwindled due to the difficulties she faces on a daily basis.

Stella finds herself having to live on the outskirts of the Attika prefecture in Thrakomakedones with relatives that aren't very forthcoming as they too have difficulties covering their basic needs.In order to get to her lectures Stella travels at least 2hrs there and another 2hrs back which leaves her with very little time to apply herself to her studies, not to mention the growing feeling of futility as she sees her dream for a better future slipping away from her.

Thankfully due to your support and that of our many beneficiaries we have some good news for Stella and for so many other young students in the same predicament.

Over the Christmas season our Charity "Kid & Family" is trying to organise fundraising events in public spaces as well as a high profile art auction which we hope will help raise funds needed to proceed with the renovation of a building in the heart of Athens. Getting started is our top prioriy and with the help of our tireless volunteers we are prepared to do all that is humanly possible to get the job done as soon as possible!! Time is of essence because most first year students have already missed the first semester. Of course we need ALL the help  we can get! All donations however small will be a welcome boost toward our goal. Your support will serve to strenghthen our resolve and add to the momentum of this cause.

Please join us in this endeavour in the hope that those students, who haven't been able to come to Athens as well as those experiencing similar obstacles as Stella is, will be able to have a decent and safe place to stay in order to continue with their studies.

Stella and so many just like her have every reason to start believing in the Christmas Spirit and who knows Santa Claus might bring them a much deserved solution!

5000m2 in Athens to become student accomodation
5000m2 in Athens to become student accomodation
One of the many rooms needing refurbishment
One of the many rooms needing refurbishment
Together we can make the most of your donations
Together we can make the most of your donations
We believe in a bright future for all students
We believe in a bright future for all students
YOUNG GREEK STUDENTS DEMONSTRATING FOR HOUSING
YOUNG GREEK STUDENTS DEMONSTRATING FOR HOUSING

Dear friends and supporters,

Many thanks for your valuable  support!!

Our endeavor to help  families and  children is on going but it is however becoming all the more difficult. Greek families facing difficulties regarding food and housing are constantly growing in numbers.

For the first time since  the Second World War we find that huge number of families from small Greek towns that had been touched less by the economic crisis, so far, compared to the 3 major cities Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra, are not able to send their children to study! These children achieved top marks in order to get into the University of Athens!!! It's important to mention that although there are NO FEES required for Greek Universities, these children, however unable to enroll because their parents are not in a position to pay even the  €300/month rent needed.

The burden of extreme taxation, the sudden drop of income because of job cuts, low wages, the austerity policies, have driven to poverty even the families who are employed with a stable income!

As a charity we face an impass! We are called upon to cover the urgent needs of Refugee Families blocked in Greece by the thousands, the moment that we do not have enough supplies for the permenant residents in need. 

We have been able to aquire a 5.000m2 in the center of Athens that could house at least 50 students. We need funds to renovate the building, access electricity & heating and equip each dorm, 

We desperately need your help more than ever, so that we can give hope, food, medical care and an option to education. We are inundated by families with children who have succefully achieved an entrance to Univerisities but are UNABLE TO SUPPORT them! 

We are in dire need of support so that children that have the capacity to be an asset to our society are given the chance to do so. Please spread the news to your friends and families. Food and Education should be important.

We kindly thank you for your support

DISTRIBUTIONS TO YOUNG STUDENTS - SCHOOL YEAR 2016
DISTRIBUTIONS TO YOUNG STUDENTS - SCHOOL YEAR 2016
CHILDREN CHOOSING THEIR SCHOOL SUPPLIES
CHILDREN CHOOSING THEIR SCHOOL SUPPLIES
EMERGENCY PACKAGES TO BE DISTRIBUTED
EMERGENCY PACKAGES TO BE DISTRIBUTED
VOLUNTEERS HELPING FAMILIES GET THEIR BASIC NEEDS
VOLUNTEERS HELPING FAMILIES GET THEIR BASIC NEEDS
POVERTY EXCLUDES GREEK STUDENTS FROM UNIVERSITIES
POVERTY EXCLUDES GREEK STUDENTS FROM UNIVERSITIES
GATHERING BASIC SUPPLIES FOR STUDENT ACCOMODATION
GATHERING BASIC SUPPLIES FOR STUDENT ACCOMODATION
VOLUNTEERS WORKING TO CREATE STUDENT LIVING SPACE
VOLUNTEERS WORKING TO CREATE STUDENT LIVING SPACE

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Month of May. Greek Easter-Candles & Gifts to kids
Month of May. Greek Easter-Candles & Gifts to kids

Dear friends, donors and volunteers,

 

Our warmest thanks for supporting us in the most difficult period we experience until now.

 

Hunger "knocks at the door" of thousands of new Greek families and now the elderly as well. There is a desperate need for food currently by up to 60% of the population. The elderly from now on will be in a desperate need for food as they were hit by a huge reduction of their pensions from the new austerity measures. Low income families face salary cuts and new taxation, as every two months new measures are placed.

 

Families lose their own homes even for a debt of 3.500 euros to banks! .... and they become homeless.

 

There is an urgent need for us to prepare houses to host families and kids.

 

There is an urgent need to buy food.

 

Greek families in need are hungry as all donations of people and companies are directed towards the refugee crisis, a crisis that is killing many people and is caused by the war in Syria. As an outcome of the refugee crisis in Greece, Greek families cannot be helped. The number of refugees in Greece is huge. There is no certainty or information on how many refugees will enter the country. Our lives are in danger as food is not enough for everyone. 

 

Food and basic needs, supplies, and health is what we focus on, as Greek families cannot survive in these degrading conditions of austerity. But, we encounter numerous problems as policies of companies are focused on the refugee crisis. Greek families who face unemployment, increased VAT and reduced pensions are not remembered. The country is at an all-time low when some families cannot even afford to pay electricity, so the least we can do is to offer them their basic needs.

 

In an effort to help Greek families, we distributed food supplies to many schools, so children can have supplies for the summer. It is our mission to help children and their families in need as much as we can. During this effort, we realized that 55% of children at 40% of the schools in Attika are not Greek. This makes us very scared of the violence that may develop in our communities, in the whole country.

For the first time ever we have witnessed during our distributions children, 5-6 years old, helping our volunteer because we have no extra help.

 

What brought us to tears was the moment when Pavlos, an 8 year old boy asked if he could become a volunteer to our driver who delivered food at his door, so together they can distribute food to his grandmother who is hungry and living at another home, as our organization is able to help only families of unemployed parents with small children.

 

In Greece, families with unemployed parents with small children survive solely from the help of NGOs and pensions of the elderly. But, as austerity increases, pensions have fallen. The smallest pension used to be 500€ per month and now is 180€, while the largest was 2,500€ and now is 1,200€. The VAT has increased to 24%, which reduces pensions even more, bringing the lowest to 142€.

 

As a family with children cannot survive with 142€ per month, it is our duty to provide for them.

We cannot address these issues without your help. We ask for your help and for you to urge your friends, family, even your cats, to send us their help as well.

 

We are thankful for what you have done so far, and we count on you in order to move forward and provide to Greek families the necessary needs for survival. We believe that with your help, we can create a new life where the value of life is greater than that of money.

 

Our urgent needs:

Food supplies

Building space

Families in need of help have increased.

 

We must provide:

Food

Aid

Basic need supplies

Physiological help in our center, in public schools of Athens, supporting teachers, parents and kids.

 

We are also very thankful to Global Giving which gives us the opportunity to spread our message.

 

Warm regards,

Kid & Family

Last Easter eggs in Distributions of May
Last Easter eggs in Distributions of May
The youngest volunteer of our team
The youngest volunteer of our team
We
We're gratfull you helped Families for Easter time
Fixing the new dress on the size of the young lady
Fixing the new dress on the size of the young lady
Fixed! She left so happy that she choosed her gift
Fixed! She left so happy that she choosed her gift
and so proud that somebody is carying for her!!
and so proud that somebody is carying for her!!
OUR PHSYCOLOSIST HELP TEACHERS & PARENTS IN GROUP
OUR PHSYCOLOSIST HELP TEACHERS & PARENTS IN GROUP
1. SUPPORTING TEACHERS & PARENTS IN GROUP 2
1. SUPPORTING TEACHERS & PARENTS IN GROUP 2
OUR PHSYCHOLOGIAL SUPPORT TEAM IN PUBLIC SCHOOL
OUR PHSYCHOLOGIAL SUPPORT TEAM IN PUBLIC SCHOOL
MEALS PREPARED FOR DISTRIBUTIONS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
MEALS PREPARED FOR DISTRIBUTIONS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CURRING PACKAGES WITH VANS TO GREEK FAMILIES
CURRING PACKAGES WITH VANS TO GREEK FAMILIES
EMERGENCY PACKAGES LEAVING FROM OUR WAREHOUS
EMERGENCY PACKAGES LEAVING FROM OUR WAREHOUS
DELIVERY OF EMERGENCY RELIEF PACKAGES
DELIVERY OF EMERGENCY RELIEF PACKAGES
CURRING THE LAST BOXES IN A HORRIBLE HEAT
CURRING THE LAST BOXES IN A HORRIBLE HEAT
1. DELIVERY OF YOUGURT FOR KIDS
1. DELIVERY OF YOUGURT FOR KIDS
DONATIONS WE RECEIVE ARE MOSTLY CLOUTHS NOT FOOD
DONATIONS WE RECEIVE ARE MOSTLY CLOUTHS NOT FOOD
LAST PROVISIONS FOR JULY
LAST PROVISIONS FOR JULY
ONLY FEW PROVISIONS LEFT. WE NEED YOUR HELP ...
ONLY FEW PROVISIONS LEFT. WE NEED YOUR HELP ...

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CARRYING GOODS FOR DISTRIBUTIONS 1
CARRYING GOODS FOR DISTRIBUTIONS 1

Dear friends and supporters,

Over 780.000 children struggling desperately against consequences of economic crisis

We don’t have enough food to cover our distributions. Our emergency relief packages to 4.750 families, for the first time ever, have only milk, olive oil and clothes.

Please urge your friends and families to help us to give the basics. Children are in danger.Greece has to pay debts. However, many Greek families don’t know where the money for their rents is to come from. The economy is in ruins. Often only welfare organizations save Greek citizens.

On October 26, dozens of volunteers in the Athens suburb of Glyfada area, began harvesting olives from trees growing on public land. Glyfada was populated from high budget income families. Look at the photos and please read the article.

http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-basics/volunteer-provide-olive-oil-for-low-income-greek-families/49425

About 686,000 Greek children, or 35.4 percent of the total, are facing hunger (article of 2014) Now the number augments e v e r y  day! Please follow the link.

http://neurope.eu/article/greek-families-children-struggling-desperately-against-consequences-economic-crisis/

Greeks share their last piece of bread with millions of refugees arriving from everywhere.

We try hard to find food and medicines.

Even Greek Foundations and NGO's based in Greece who was supporting children in hunger in Africa, can't support anymore because there are so urgent to save houndrents of thousants of children in hunger in the main country. In Greece ! We could never imagine we could ever experience such a hunger in Greece the moment where refugees arrive in thousants every day, in despare hunger too.

http://www.enet.gr/?i=news.el.article&id=339796

 

 

Please hold our hand on these efforts.

Giving help is the only way of having peace on earth

In our lives too

 

Warm thanks,

 

Roumpini Terzaki

EMERGENCY PACKAGIES AND FOOD  IN OUR WAREHOUSE
EMERGENCY PACKAGIES AND FOOD IN OUR WAREHOUSE
YOGURTS FOR KIDS
YOGURTS FOR KIDS
YOGURTS FOR KIDS - PACKING FOR DISTRIBUTIONS
YOGURTS FOR KIDS - PACKING FOR DISTRIBUTIONS
MAKING PACKAGES OF FOOD FOR KIDS IN NEED
MAKING PACKAGES OF FOOD FOR KIDS IN NEED
CARRYING PACKAGES OF FOOD FOR KIDS TO OUR MINI VAN
CARRYING PACKAGES OF FOOD FOR KIDS TO OUR MINI VAN
CARRYING PACKAGES OF FOOD FOR KIDS
CARRYING PACKAGES OF FOOD FOR KIDS
CARRYING FRESH FOOD FROM OUR WAREHOUSE TO KIDS
CARRYING FRESH FOOD FROM OUR WAREHOUSE TO KIDS
CARRYING CLOTHES FROM OUR WAREHOUSE TO FAMILIES
CARRYING CLOTHES FROM OUR WAREHOUSE TO FAMILIES
CARRYING CLOTHES TO OUR MINIVANS FOR DISTRIBUTIONS
CARRYING CLOTHES TO OUR MINIVANS FOR DISTRIBUTIONS
GETTING READY TO START DISTRIBUTIONS TO FAMILIES
GETTING READY TO START DISTRIBUTIONS TO FAMILIES
DELIVERY OF OUR EMERGENCY PACKAGES STARTED!!!!
DELIVERY OF OUR EMERGENCY PACKAGES STARTED!!!!
young boy who is asking the permission to help us
young boy who is asking the permission to help us

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Kid & Family

Location: Athens - Greece
Website: http:/​/​www.kidsfestival.gr
Project Leader:
Roumpini Terzaki
Athens, Athens Greece
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