In a celebration organized by Solidarity Now, students from Ukraine were donated school items by Public!
Today, SolidarityNow, Public, and Desmos welcomed 80 children, students at the Ukrainian Community’s Sunday School and the “Homework & Creative Activities Center” of SolidarityNow in the organization’s Athens Solidarity Center.
The aim of organizing this event was to distribute school supplies donated by Public to children from Ukraine, thus contributing to the creation of a safe environment and smooth integration into the Greek school environment. During the event, children had the opportunity to take part in educational and entertaining activities implemented by the SolidarityNow teachers. They also had the chance to get to know each other and acquire all the necessary equipment for the new school year!
“At a time when the concepts of peace and safety are not obvious, all of us- at Public- join forces with leading bodies from Civil Society to create a more inclusive tomorrow, based on solidarity and compassion. It is our great pleasure to work with SolidarityNow and DESMOS and offer to the Ukrainian children equal access to education along with some useful supplies to help them make a fresh start in the next school year”, Ilina Pomaska, Head of Brand PR & Engagement at Public Group.
“At SolidarityNow we are always next to the children who were forced to leave their school environment, their home and country because of the war. Today, following the donation made by Public, and the support of Desmos, we -all together- offered the necessary school supplies to students from Ukraine for the next school year. SolidarityNow’s priority is to support the inclusion of refugee and migrant children in formal education, and this is made feasible through the provision of non-formal educational services in the context of the “All Children in Education” program implemented with the support of UNICEF in open accommodation structures throughout Greece”, Marilyn Polena, General Director of SolidarityNow.
“We are extremely proud to contribute to the proper integration of the children-refugees from Ukraine into the Greek schools. Desmos is the most reliable connecting link for donations in Greece and -always true to our mission-, we made sure that the significant Public’s donation of stationery and school supplies was used in the best possible way by SolidarityNow specialized team so that the children feel as ready as possible for the next school year”, Ekavi Vallera, Director of Strategic Planning of the Non-Profit Association DESMOS.
*From 1/8/2021 to 31/7/2022 the operation of the Athens Solidarity Center is supported by a donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), as part of the SNF’s International COVID-19 Action Initiative to Combat the Consequences of the Pandemic.
*The “Pathway for All Children in Education” program is implemented with the support and funding of UNICEF Greece.