An Afghan man who managed to collect his documents and take asylum in Greece; a woman, victim of gender-based violence who found the strength to support other women of her community; a long-term unemployed who found a job; an unaccompanied minor who was taken to the hospital and received medical treatment. But who are the people behind these stories who supported their success? They are the humanitarian workers of SolidarityNow, the ones who continue providing vital services to those who need them the most.
The new podcast series entitled #Our Heroes made by SolidarityNow is dedicated to all the field workers, through which their voices and contribution will be heard. SolidarityNow presents its own “heroes” and “heroines” through their own stories, as they record and narrate them themselves. Because in COVID times, these people do not give up and continue to support the most vulnerable.
Since the beginning of the pandemic and through the quarantine period, SolidarityNow’s programs and activities did not stop or pause; they continued adjusted to the new conditions and needs of our beneficiaries. The organization’s readiness is a direct result of the swift action, ingenuity and good will of its teams who overcome their personal fears and work for the common good meeting the demands of the urgent conditions. Our personal invisible heroes, who fight every day for the obvious: equal rights, access to work, access to medical health.
Listen to the episodes of the podcast series #OurHeroes, the stories of Konstantinos, Myrto, Vasiliki and Alexandra, Marina, John, Evi and Evangelia, Grigoris and Katerina, some of the “heroes” and “heroines” of SolidarityNow. Their stories are moments of their daily life at the Open Accommodation Centers for Refugees and Migrants, the Solidarity Centers and the ESTIA accommodatiom program.
- ESTIA, the Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation programme, is implemented by UNHCR and funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union.
- Child & Family Support Hubs (CFSH) project is implemented by SolidarityNow with the support of UNICEF and IOM Greece and funded by the European Commission.
- The Athens Solidarity Center is financed by EEA and Norway Grants, with HumanRights360 and CROWE Greece as the fund operator. The Center is also supported by the Municipality of Athens.