By Georgia Logothetis, Managing Director, HALC
On Universal Children’s Day, Eurostat has released some grim statistics on the state of children in Greece. Some four in 10 children in Greece (37.5%) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion (Eurostat defines this as meaning that “the children were living in households with at least one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers (income poverty), severely materially deprived or with very low work intensity.”)
Greece not only has the third highest rate but it also saw the largest year-to-year increase.
Organizations like SOS Children’s Villages Greece play a key role in helping children. Over the years, HALC has partnered with SOS Children’s Villages Greece to raise over a quarter million dollars, all of which went directly to programing and facilities to help improve the lives of these at-risk children. More needs to be done, by all of us, to help these families.
This Thanksgiving season, we encourage you to donate to a charity of your choice, whether it’s SOS Children’s Villages Greece, Smile of the Child, or any other reputable organization that is making a difference in the lives of these children. Together, we can make clear that these children are not forgotten.