INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY_Marina: “We must accept ourselves and embrace our weaknesses”

Almost nothing had ever stopped her. The only thing that “halted” her, made her change direction and start something new. Her new-found purpose and direction come through her work as a lawyer at the Athens Solidarity Center of SolidarityNow: “Every day I interact with different people, learn new things and change“. Marina at the age […]

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY_Fatma: “Women must discover the power within themselves”

“Woman must discover the power within themselves”, says Fatma Abdelbadie, who works as a cultural mediator at Thessaloniki Solidarity Center. 61-year-old Fatma, is from Cairo and has been in Greece since 1983. She has been working with SolidarityNow for the past 2.5 years. Fatma grew up in a closed society and only when she came […]

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY_ Lena: No woman should feel inferior

“No woman should feel inferior”, says Lena, who celebrated her 50nth birthday on February 13th. Lena Mrapshtija  comes from Albania and lives in Greece for the last 20 years. Today, she works as a part-time cleaner at the Thessaloniki Solidarity Center. Lena was a good student and her dream was to study medicine, but she […]

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Women’s em(power)ment

SolidarityNow, this year, on March 8th, unfolds a tribute to women under the title: “Women’s em(power)ment”. Through this tribute, we focus on the organizations’ female employees. Women of different origins -from Greece, Albania, Egypt, Sri Lanka and elsewhere- who are role-models and can empower other women through their experiences, personal stories and work. Women who […]

“There Are Good Separations As Well”

by Evripidis Michail, Education Officer in SolidarityNow During a parents’ meeting held some weeks ago at the Intercultural Gymnasium of Thessaloniki, Evripidis Michail, Education Officer in SolidarityNow, felt like to write about the relationships created between teachers and pupils, as well between teachers and parents. A text written from the heart and dedicated to all […]


“I want to study and become something in life”   Said wears nothing but a smile. He is 26 years old and comes from Syria; he is supported through SolidarityNow’s Accommodation Program in Thessaloniki. “My name in Arabic means happiness”, he says. “Are you a happy person?”, we ask him. “Yes I am. I grew […]


“If I get good grades, I want to study medicine!”  “I do not know if I am the best student, but I’m doing my best. I want to find work and go to the University” “When I was going school in Afghanistan, I didn’t like mathematics at all, so instead of concentrating on the lesson […]