SolidarityNow was established in 2013 with the support of Open Society Foundations (OSF/OSIFE).
SolidarityNow consists of a network of people and organizations whose goal is to assist and support those most affected by the economic and humanitarian crises in Greece. Through the provision of services to both the local Greek and migrant populations, we seek to restore the vision of a strong Europe based on solidarity and open values.
Since 2013, SolidarityNow has supported at total of 73 different programs. Of these, 14.4 million euros have been allocated to 48 programs that provide support to the public in Greece, along with an additional 10 million euros allocated to 25 programs that specifically address the migrant and refugee crises. To implement these programs, SolidarityNow works with over 70 organizations, including civil society groups and public bodies.
Our primary donors include: UNHCR, UNICEF, CARE International, the Radcliffe Foundation, EEA Grants, the Norwegian Embassy in Greece, etc.
Our priorities are summarized as follows:
Human Rights and Social Justice
The underlying principle in all our work is the protection of rights on all levels, and for all people, with the goal of strengthening social cohesion.
Protection of Vulnerable Groups
For everyone to feel and function as equal members in a cohesive society, access to and the exercise of basic rights for vulnerable and marginalized populations must be secured, which can only be achieved through a collective effort.
Connecting Young People with Educational Programs and the Working Environment
High youth unemployment, coupled with the growing phenomenon of emigration of the specialized scientific workforce (i.e. “brain drain”), impedes efforts to uplift the country from economic recession. Therefore, strengthening the skills of young people, their connection with the modern working environment, and their participation in national and international activities, will help halt their exclusion from the labor market.
Advocacy at the National and International Level
Expanding on the historic contribution of Open Society Foundations (OSF) in matters of advocacy, we continue to enlarge our presence in this field to better promote human rights and social inclusion.
We strive for our message to reach more recipients everyday: Discrimination is not the answer to the crisis affecting us all.
PILLARS OF ACTION
Our mission becomes practice through three main pillars of action:
SolidarityNow designs and implements programs that provide assistance and support to those most affected by the economic downturn and the humanitarian crisis. We collaborate with international humanitarian agencies (e.g. UNHCR, UNICEF, CARE International) to implement programs in a manner that promotes efficiency and allows us to reach the broadest range of beneficiaries, including vulnerable populations.
These programs focus on:
- responding to the ongoing refugee crisis
- providing access to basic health services and food aid
- defending human rights and freedoms
- supporting the integration of minorities and vulnerable groups
SolidarityNow has created two Solidarity Centers that operate in Thessaloniki and Athens.
Each Solidarity Center serves as a central space for civil society organizations to provide various services to the most vulnerable populations of the city. The services offered are free of charge and include primary healthcare, medication, legal aid and counseling, job training and employment services and support programs for parents and children.
Through our funding grants we design programs with other non-governmental organizations that respond to the essential social needs of the community. These programs are implemented in ways that empowers recipients to manage the challenges of their daily lives with dignity.