Solidarity: a “service” that is not hindered by distance

by the Athens Solidarity Center

Klaudi came from Albania to Greece six months ago and was hosted by her relatives. Shortly after her arrival in the country, at the age of 41, she was diagnosed with cancer, which led to her immediate hospitalization in the hospital of the South Aegean Island where she lived.

In the meantime, the date for her interview with the asylum service for her residence permit was approaching.

The role of the Athens Solidarity Centre

The social service of the hospital contacted our Center and we immediately undertook the support of Klaudi. Her health condition required the postponement of the interview. Immediately, we informed the asylum service to ensure that the woman would have access to the necessary medical care and after a few days, we managed to issue the necessary legal documents and social security number.

The date of her interview was moved, giving Klaudi the time she needed to focus on her health.

However, a re-contact from the hospital’s social services department informed us of her serious health relapse. The decision to return to Albania to be close to her family was a one-way street and was facilitated by the Centre’s services.

We hope that Klaudi’s health adventure will have a happy ending and that she will regain her strength and optimism to pursue her dreams.

Klaudi’s story is another example of our ongoing efforts to stand by the side of people in need and ensure that they receive the care and support they need.

Our dedication to this cause is non-negotiable.

*Since August 1st, 2023, the operation of the Athens Solidarity Center by SolidarityNow is supported by the Swiss-Greek Cooperation Programme/Embassy of Switzerland in Greece to reducing economic and social disparities in the EU and by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum.

 **The Center is also supported by the Municipality of Athens.