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Here’s how you can help the children of Greece

Monday, December 5, 2016  | 

2 out of 5 children in Greece are living in poverty, one of the highest percentages in the European Union. 37.8% of children in Greece are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. 1 out of 3 Greeks do not have access to medical care. The official unemployment rate is around 27%. Those suffering from malnutrition continue to suffer, as the price of food remains too high for many families to afford. A15319271_1240540976011347_1427364478873942677_nnd the unease about what the future holds continues to taunt younger generations of Greeks.

These devastating realities prove that the people of Greece need help this holiday season and that is why the Hellenic American Leadership Council is proud to once again partner with SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest charity for orphaned and abandoned children.

 

1. HALC’s #HelpGreecesChildren campaign

The 2016 campaign, #HelpGreecesChildren, launched on Giving Tuesday and has already raised over $16,000. This year, HALC is challenging the community to unite together and raise $75,000, as last year’s efforts highlighted the community’s charitableness and generosity.

HALC first launched their partnership with SOS Children’s Villages in 2015 through the #HELPGREECENOW campaign. In just 50 hours, the campaign raised $50,000. Over the following few weeks donations continued to flood in and the total grew to $250,000 for SOS including the generous matching gifts from The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc. and Nikos Mouyiaris.

2. What is SOS Children’s Villages and how do they help families in Greece ?

SOS Children’s Villages International is a private, non-political and non-denominational social organization established for the purpose of helping orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children. As a charity, SOS Children’s Villages values every single donation by our friends, sponsors and other supporters. The organization is run as efficiently as possible and subject to regular scrutiny from international auditors, and has received top marks in the US by Charity Navigator for accountability, transparency and proper use of funds. You can read all of their accountability reports here.

Since the establishment of SOS Children’s Villages in 1920998efa-c45d-44ad-95e3-40cea2e306e249, the organization has helped over 86,000 orphans in 134 countries. SOS is well established in Greece since 1975 and has since founded seven family programs, two youth programs, and four villages for family based care. In 2015, SOS Children’s Villages broadened their efforts and launched a campaign to provide aid to refugee children living in Greece.

To understand how SOS Children’s Villages uses your donations, look at how it used the funds from last year’s campaign. Because of the help of people like you in HALC, Nikos Mouyiaris, and the Jaharis Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages’ was able to open two new social centers Peristeri, Athens, and in Ioannina.

 

 

These centers have served as a beacon of hope for 300 families as they provide services such as:

  • Counseling for parents;
  • Psychological support for children and families;
  • Education assistance for children;
  • Professional training for parents;
  • Referral services for social, legal and health related issues;
  • Material assistance including food, clothing, toiletries, etc. and
  • Community awareness on issues relating to children’s rights.

Aiding 4500 families and 2200 children in Greece, SOS Children’s Villages is an incredible organization directly giving back to Greece’s suffering children and families during the ongoing economic crisis. In the last five years alone, SOS Children’s Villages has supported these suffering Greek families through critical services, which comprise:

  • 15220218_1239092059489572_9210812682768151777_nPsychological support for parents and children;
  • Provision of material goods such as food and clothing;
  • Job-focused skills training for parents;
  • Educational assistance for children; and
  • Referral services for families with issues related to medical care, legal concerns or social services.

Please help us reach our goal of $75,000 and donate today!  #HELPGREECESCHILDREN

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