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Hestia was founded in 2017 to address the growing need for mental health services, psychosocial support, life skills training, integration-focused services, and services for 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 twenty years of experience working in the humanitarian aid field, including with the United Nations, MADRE, and other actors in the United States, Africa, Asia, Central America, and now Europe.
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 that 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.