The Athens Solidarity Center was inaugurated on 19th of March 2015 – following the opening of Solidarity Center in Thessaloniki a year ago. The Athens Solidarity Center was inaugurated by the Chairman of the Board of Solidarity Now, Mr. Stelios Zavvos together with the Mayor of Athens, Yiorgos Kaminis, the Mayor of Thessaloniki Mr. Yannis Boutaris, Ambassador Ingrid Schulerud of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway representing the EEA Norway Grants, Norway’s Ambassador to Greece Mr. Sjur Larsen, and Mr. Jordi Vaquer, Director Open Society Foundations in Europe.
Key objective of SolidarityNow behind the rollout of Solidarity Centers in Athens and Thessaloniki is to support those most in need, in the midst of crisis by taking initiatives that can generate a broad and positive impact for people and Greek society. The Athens Solidarity Center constitutes an initiative of the Open Society Foundations and SolidarityNow: it is funded by the countries of Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein (European Economic Area (EEA) Grants) and is operating in collaboration with the Municipality of Athens.
According to the operating framework of the Solidarity Centers, the Athens Solidarity Center offers space to new and existing civil society organizations in Greece, facilitating community solutions to pressing social and economic problems. The Center addresses the unique needs of local communities it operates within and caters to all regardless of their nationality, religion, origins and social status.
Within this context, the newly inaugurated center cooperates with four NGOs: PRAKSIS, ARSIS, Together for Children, and the Network for Children’s Rights offering support to vulnerable groups, including children and adolescents, elderly, sick, migrants, and asylum seekers.