Providing a safe home to unaccompanied young minors
Since the outburst of the refugee crisis in Europe, more than one million migrants and refugees have reached Greece in 2015 – 2016. Among these people are thousands of children and teenagers who arrive alone – oﬃcially referred to as unaccompanied minors. Unaccompanied minors are the most vulnerable group of the increasing population of migrants and refugees arriving in Greece. The reasons why they travel alone vary. Many have have lost their parents during the journey, others are sent oﬀ in order to ﬂee war or in search of a better future.
For the Bodossaki Foundation and its donors, the issue at stake has been whether the necessary support and protection will be oﬀered to these children in order to ensure their safety, or whether they will be condemned to an unsafe journey travelling alone into central Europe and beyond.
This programme has been designed in 2015 in order to support more than 50 NGO services that are critical for the well-being of unaccompanied refugee children. Services funded include, among others, food and medical care, psycho-social support, guardianship services as well as the support of family reunification procedures. Our aim has been to provide these children with a safe environment for their stay and well-being, what one would call a ‘safe home’.
Results and impact
By attracting the support of private donors, Bodossaki supported the functioning of 8 shelters and 3 open reception centres across Greece. Most importantly, two new shelters were created and offered improved services to unaccompanied minors. More than 374 children found a safe home and gained the hope and the strength to claim a better life.