ATHENS.- The Hellenic Initiative (THI) has selected four Greek non-profit organizations as initial partners to provide critical support to families affected by the continuing economic crisis.
SOS-Children’s Villages, Apostoli & IOCC, and Praksis were selected after a rigorous evaluation process conducted through analysis and site visits. These initial grants will build the scale and effectiveness of existing programs, supporting THI’s mission of advancing proven solutions to promote recovery and renewal in Greece.
“These high impact organizations are providing a crucial safety net to families and children struggling through the worst crisis since the civil war,” said Andrew N. Liveris, THI board member. “We are proud to support the work of these partners as they support Greece through these challenging times.”
The initial grantees are:
SOS-Children’s Villages – SOS operates a series of “villages” for orphaned children, each set up to create a family environment in a compound of small residential homes with full-time social work support. In addition, SOS operates six family support centers across Greece that provide food relief and financial assistance as well as counseling support. THI will fund two efforts in 2013: SOS/Eliza, a residential program for up to 20 abused children, and expansion of fresh food support through the family support centers.
Apostoli & IOCC – Apostoli is the largest food relief charity in Greece. It is operated by the Church and distributes food through the church network. They have recently developed a partnership with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to scale up relief efforts. THI will support a unique fresh food initiative through this collaboration, which will provide critical nutrition to families and stimulus to the local economy. Importantly, THI is also mobilizing in-kind support to assist Apostoli with operational challenges created by their rapid expansion to provide crisis relief. The Hellenic Bottling Company has assigned a member of their operations team to work alongside Apostoli staff to review their warehousing and logistics capabilities.
Praksis – Praksis operates a network of health clinics for low income families, day clinics for the homeless and financial support programs to prevent homelessness. THI will support the health clinics and expansion of the financial support programs.
“We are honored to support these nonprofit partners who are working so hard to help families impacted by the prolonged economic crisis,” said George Svokos, THI Board Member and Philanthropy Committee Chair. “These organizations were selected because they are operating efficiently and at scale. Based on continued success, THI stands ready to support them on an ongoing basis. We will continue to evaluate additional partners who meet our rigorous criteria for efficiency and impact.”
The Hellenic Initiative is mobilizing donations from across the Diaspora to scale the relief efforts of a small number of effective and transparent organizations that can respond to the crisis at scale. Grants are made to support specific programs with clear outcomes, and future support is tied to progress against those outcomes.
“While the fiscal situation in Greece is stabilizing, the economic challenges facing families continues to worsen,” said Mr. Liveris. “THI aims to consistently respond to the needs of today while promoting longer-term strategies to encourage job growth and economic development.”