#OurHeroes: Katerina Stamelou_We all became Vulnerable, but also Stronger

During the first days of the announcement of the measures against Covid-19, I was in Athens for a seminar. It was the last time I was in another city. Since then, everything has changed. I think the scariest thing was the picture of people in masks and plastic gloves on the street. Like a scene […]

#OurHeroes: Evi Papagianni_Together, we Can Succeed Anything!

I remember one morning, being in the organization’s van and listening to the radio about the World Health Organization’s emergency meeting. I’ve heard for a new disease that seemed to be spreading rapidly and affecting more and more people. Back then, I discussed with my colleagues, our driver and cultural mediator, how bad the situation […]

#OURHEROES: Konstantinos Papadakis_Can I make a difference?

The COVID-19 period and the security measures we have adopted have changed the way we live and the way we have worked so far. The conditions have become even more difficult in areas that were under quarantine. One such area is the Malakasa Open Accommodation Center, one of the camps where SolidarityNow operates and currently […]

#OURHEROES: Marina-Isaia Mavridou_The Positive Impact of Solidarity

The negative impact of this crisis continues to be counted daily in human lives and translated into pause, loneliness, people without any social or economic protection network. Fear usually overwhelms us and overshadows everything positive. It becomes clear to us every day what separates us: 2 meters distance, a face mask and a pair of […]

#OURHEROES: Grigoris Papafragkas_My Containment, their Confinement

Since April 2, when some of our beneficiaries were tested positive for COVID-19, the situation at Ritsona camp, where I work, has changed radically. Police cars and police teams were patrolling the camp’s entrance. The beneficiaries, now excluded from any service, were in greater need than ever. We continued our presence at the camp, responding […]

#OURHEROES: Evangelia Tsilimigkra_In the midst of this Crisis, Work Opportunities lie ahead

Many things have changed during this crisis. All the important activities in the field of labor market and education were “frozen” or suspended. An immediate priority in the Employability Service at the SolidarityNow’s Athens Solidarity Center, was the adjustment to the new reality as to continue being on the side of our beneficiaries; and most […]

#OURHEROES: Yiannis Kafkas_Lust for life

Working as a psychologist at the Athens Solidarity Center, every day I challenge myself through people’s different and usually, harsh stories. Stories of people facing the effects of poverty, the anxiety of unemployment, the uncertainty of migration, the effects of fear caused by the experience of war or persecution. I often tell people that if […]