The Refugee Crisis in Greece is a many-headed beast. It comes from all sides, and is a continually moving target:
- Those entering Greece due to traumatic experiences and tough circumstances.
- Those already in Greece, awash in paperwork and figuring out how to make a reasonable, productive life.
- The Greeks themselves rebuilding after many years of “crisis” (unemployment, family crises, psychological support, transitioning)
There are many statistics that can be seen on UNHCR and other websites documenting the sheer magnitude of this issue.
Hestia Hellas exists to fill the gap in the long-term integration and development of Greek society.
When it comes to the influx and development of Refugees into the Greek population, it is more than just the paperwork, but a process to figure out how it will all work out. Hestia’s place in this process is Social Integration. There are many Greeks that are still recovering. There are refugees who have been granted asylum, so Greece is now their new home.
Hestia Hellas is here to work with Greeks and refugees to provide the holistic support necessary when the material/monetary donations end and the real work of forming and building up a life takes hold. We provide mental support, access to developing new skills and assistance in dealing with the processes to start new businesses. We supplement those things with Child-Friendly Spaces and Community Meals to help build up the social connections necessary to create a fulfilling space.
Hestia gives a safe space and a starting block for their new lives and new opportunities.