Together for Children supports 'Iris'-Hospitality Center for Unaccompanied Minors operated by Medical Intervention (Medin) organization, providing food and the basic everyday products for all minors hosted throughout the duration of the program.
The center's objective:
To provide hospitality and support to unaccompanied refugee minors and immigrants, newcomers to Greece with the aim of integration into Greek society, relocation and family reunion.
The center is based in a neoclassical building (300 sq. m.) in the city center of Athens and has the capacity to accommodate 16 children.
Profile of beneficiaries:
Guests are underage boys mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, from 12 to 16 years old.
The center offers:
• Accommodation, covering the immediate housing needs of a child at risk
• Food and basic necessities
• Information and Legal Assistance to the asylum application procedure, in cooperation with organizations that provide legal services.
• Counseling, psychological and social support
• Greek language courses by volunteer teachers.
• Health care by volunteer doctors.
• Educational, sports and recreational activities
• Facilitation of adaptation and integration into local social and cultural reality.
• Organization of educational, social and recreational activities and links with educational and creative use of leisure time activities
• Support for the issuing of legal documents, facilitation for family reunification procedures and for relocation requests.
• Preparation and support of child living independently in adulthood or the smooth transition of the family or other child protection schemes (foster homes, institutions, etc.) With main criterion the best interests of the child.
• Raising awareness of the public to support facilitate integration of the guests.
• Links to volunteers who contribute to the socialization of children.
The ultimate goal of the project is to empower guests to adulthood.
Housing requests are covered in consultation with the National Centre for Social Solidarity (EKKA).
The hostel is funded by the Bodossaki Foundation through its "Giving for Greece" program.