Hestia was founded in 2017 based on growing needs for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Livelihoods skills, integration-focused services and workshops and serving children with special needs.
The Founders have worked with refugees in Greece since the height of the crisis in 2015. In addition, our Director has over 20 years of experience working in the humanitarian field, including with the United Nations, MADRE and other actors in the US, Africa, Asia, Central America and now Europe.
Hestia is comprised of a team of professionals, including mental health experts, researchers and volunteers who are dedicated to meeting the long-term needs of vulnerable populations.
What’s in a name?
Hestia means “hearth, fireplace, altar” and embodies the ancient Greek Goddess of the family, home and domesticity. As the hearth was the centre of family life in the ancient world, Hestia Hellas aims to provide a safe space for refugees and locals to come together, interact, socialize, learn essential skills and build a home away from home.
Our logo was created by Ramy Qudmany, a Senior Animator from Syria who is among the thousands of refugees who have fled the ongoing war gripping his home country. Ramy was inspired to include a refugee family in the hearth Hestia holds.
Despite the hardships he has faced, Ramy’s story has a positive outcome as he was successfully relocated to his country of choice.
Please find his story below.