Following their Footsteps
The closure of the borders and the Balkan route resulted in several thousands of people being trapped in Greece. Among them, the most vulnerable group: unaccompanied and separated children. Even though they are the most vulnerable, these children often do not receive the protection enshrined in European and international law.
In order to safeguard the human right to safety and decent living conditions, Faros in collaboration with four other organizations – SolidarityNow, Merimna, CivisPlus and Babel – are launching a program entitled “Following their Footsteps”.
The program aims to strengthen the systematic identification and registration of unaccompanied and separated minors living under difficult conditions in the streets of Athens and the provision of holistic care and hospitality through an alternative to detention or life on the streets. More specifically, the program aims to provide these children social integration opportunities, enhance the effectiveness of the existing support network in Athens and contribute decisively to reducing the phenomenon of absconding from accommodation structures through advocacy for the development of a specific national policy.
The project is funded by EPIM (European Programme for Integration and Migration).
SolidarityNow developed an IT project implemented in Polykastro that provided internet access and connectivity to the stranded population remaining at the EKO gas station following the closure of Greece’s northern border. This program enabled individuals to access information about asylum procedures, as well as provide them the ability to contact their families and friends.
SolidarityNow and CARE International (within the START Network), implemented a program that responded to the vital food needs of vulnerable populations, including refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, unemployed Greeks, and any other groups with urgent nutritional needs.
Care4Solidarity helped to fill the gap between groups who were in need of food assistance, but were excluded from the relevant public assistance programs. The project empowered these groups by provided cash vouchers directly to them, thereby giving these individuals the flexibility to decide for themselves which food items they wish to purchase to best meet their needs.
The project has been completed and was funded by Care International