Completion of the organization’s intervention supporting unaccompanied refugee children, in three transitional accommodation structures in northern Greece.
From September 2020 until June 2021, SolidarityNow provided care and support to 212 unaccompanied children, under the framework of the EU “Voluntary relocation scheme from Greece to other European Countries”. The action was implemented under the general coordination of the Government of Greece, the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, through the Special Secretary for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the support of the European Commission.
The goal of the intervention was the safe and organized transfer of children from the northern Aegean islands and the Evros border region to the mainland prior to their relocation to other European countries.
SolidarityNow’s experienced and specialized staff, focusing on the safety, protection and empowerment of children, provided -among other services- psychosocial support, legal support and representation, non-formal education and leisure activities, advice on medical issues and escorts to health facilities. The children embraced the informal education and recreational activities with great enthusiasm, helping them to learn, make friends, and smile again.
Furthermore, the local communities in the prefectures of Kozani and Ioannina where the transitional accommodation structures were located, embraced the action, and the residents contributed to its smooth development and completion. Through the video created by the organization’s staff, the children talk about how their lives changed with this intervention, while members of the local community of Velvento, Kozani share their views from their interactions with the children. The video is available here: https://youtu.be/AxRZle_uLt0.
“For us at SolidarityNow, the unaccompanied children support program was a bet on hopefulness. Our goal was very ambitious: to connect the broken thread of a traumatic yesterday, with the stability created by tomorrow’s journey. We responded to the need wholeheartedly and we are proud of the result.”, Antigone Lyberaki, General Manager SolidarityNow.
*The action was implemented by SolidarityNow under the general coordination of the Government of Greece, the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, through the Special Secretary for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors, the partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the support of the European Commission.