Protecting unaccompanied minor refugees

The “Safe Home” programme for unaccompanied minor refugees was designed and implemented during the outbreak of the refugee crisis of 2015-2016. Our primary concern was to protect refugee children who arrive alone in Greece or are already he re without any other member of their family, as well as to provide them with safe shelter and take care of their immediate needs. Thanks to contributions from donors in Greece and abroad, Bodossaki Foundation was able to secure the resources required to support a total of eight shelters for unaccompanied children refugees in various locations in the country, as well as to provide the Reception and Identification Centre in Evros with equipment necessary for its operation.

In particular:

During the first stage of this thematic programme, drawing on contributions from donors in Greece and all over the world, Bodossaki Foundation focused on the children’s most pressing need – accommodation.

This made possible the financing of the reconstruction of two new shelters for unaccompanied minors, namely the “Iris” shelter operated by the “Medical Intervention” NGO and the shelter of the Mallipouleion Charitable Foundation in Kypseli operated by the Praksis NGO.

Assistance was also provided to the METAdrasi NGO programme aimed at ensuring temporary foster care for unaccompanied and separated refugee children.

With the passing of time, as donations from Greece and abroad grew in volume while securing accommodation for the children remained an urgent need, the Foundation proceeded to support the operation of shelters for unaccompanied refugee children and to provide equipment to the Reception and Identification Centre in Evros.

At the same time, implementing targeted donations in kind or donations accompanied by an explicit wish expressed by the donors, the Foundation purchased food supplies and equipment for various shelters, also offering to them computers, children’s toys, schoolbooks in Arabic, sanitary appliances and articles of clothing. Supplies of milk for babies and children were also offered to the Reception and Identification Centre in the island of Samos.

Awareness and promotion initiatives

The Hellenic Hoteliers Federation (HHF) and the Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association (AAHA) developed the “Hotels Giving for Kids” initiative, aimed at mobilising their members to contribute to the efforts to support unaccompanied refugee children.

MEGA TV, in the framework of its social responsibility initiatives under the “MEGA MAZI” (“MEGA TOGETHER”) umbrella programme, created and promoted, free of charge, a TV spot aimed at raising public awareness of the need to support unaccompanied refugee children.

Finally, Solid Havas communication and advertising and the TopCut-Modiano production firm worked together, free of charge, to create a public awareness television message concerning unaccompanied refugee children. After obtaining the approval of the Greek National Council for Radio and Television (NCRT), the spot was aired in April 2017 as a social message by all national television channels.