By Ekavi Valleras - Director of Strategic Planning DESMOS Non-Profit
The disastrous fires that hit Attica's coastal region in July 2018 have left the area devastated and its population in deep shock. With many lives lost and homes destroyed, communal life has come to a total standstill, Echo100Plus in collaboration with Desmos Non-profit Foundation has completed the reconstruction and furnishing of playgrounds in the afflicted municipalities that were either completely destroyed or severely affected by the fires.
In the context of urban and regional public space, playgrounds are focal points of community life. They provide vital spaces for children to meet, play, exercise, and simply have fun. With children at their centre, neighbourhoods and communities form and bond in and around playgrounds. As the afflicted communities are in immediate need of some positive elements, the reconstruction of playgrounds is a strong symbol of the area's regeneration, especially as we approach the summer months.
As part of the entire project in the area, through the funds raised for the area the following goods and resources have been donated:
Respiratory face masks to volunteers and rescue workers operating and/or living in the afflicted area. In total, 308 masks with 616 filters costing approx. €5,000
Fuel to volunteers of the Social Services Dept of Marathonas Municipality, that covered transfer expenses, aid relief and food provision to afflicted households houses. The total budget dispensed €3,000.
Long-life nutritional products donated to the Holy Ascension Church in Rafina, and the local soup kitchen
4 professional refrigerators to the Social Grocery and Social Pharmacy of Marathonas Municipality, and the local branch of “The Smile of the Child” organization
150 freshly-cooked whole meals to Marathonas Municipality’s Social Services
Household electrical appliances (kitchens, refrigerators, dishwashers, TVs and small appliances) for the afflicted families and households that have been forced to find new homes or furnish their homes in the area
We thank you for your trust and support to reverse the damages of this tragedy, and we are proud of the help that we were able to provide together.
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