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The first dormitory for homeless children in Athens

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The first dormitory for homeless minors, a pioneering project at national and European level, was created by METADRASI, in collaboration with important institutions, but also with the decisive contribution of the Municipality of Athens and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Possibility to accommodate 100 minors

The Dormitory, which starts its pilot operation initially accommodating up to sixty children, has the capacity to accommodate up to one hundred homeless minors. Its launch will fill a significant gap, now providing children with a suitable and safe space where they can meet their personal hygiene needs, wash their clothes, eat and sleep, until the long-term optimal is found. solution.

Thus, in conjunction with Day Center and the Mobile Unit for the detection and support of METAraction, Homeless children gain a temporary safe haven that provides them with the support they need to get out of the stalemate of homelessness and what it entails.

The operating costs of the Dormitory are covered by REACTION with own resources, utilizing part of it Humanitarian Award of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

The support network

The creation of a support system for homeless children has become a priority for METaDrasi, according to the people of the organization, and thanks to the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Award, but also to Foundations that supported the initiative, it started at the end of 2019 This makes it a perfect choice for people with diabetes and for those who want to lose weight or follow a balanced diet. Day Center for homeless children and then in March 2020, when the first wave of the pandemic broke out, the Mobile Child Identification and Immediate Assistance Unit on the streets of Athens. However, the huge problem of children staying overnight remained unresolved.

The Dormitory for children, as reported by METADRASI, was implemented after many months of "street racing" to ensure both the appropriate space and resources.

In addition to the unaccompanied homeless children, the Dormitory is open to support dozens of cases of children from families who, due to emergencies, are left alone, without any family environment to accommodate them temporarily.

Memorandum of cooperation with the municipality of Athens

In this effort, the support of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees was important, as well as the Municipality of Athens, with which METADRASI signed a memorandum of cooperation. Already, through the program "Adopt your city", the companies Bed & Bath, IKEA of the Fourlis Group, PMM Public Media Markt, Unilever and SANITAS, brand of the Sarantis Group responded to his call Of the City of Athens for the supply of necessary equipment such as washing machines, sanitary ware, consumables.

The triptych of actions Day Center, Mobile Unit, Dormitory will contribute substantially to the unresolved chronic problems faced by prosecutors and police departments who are often in despair, because there are no immediate alternatives to temporary housing for children.

"We expect the State to stand by us in this effort and the Dormitory to be a model for the creation of other such dormitories in major cities in Greece, where the same problems are observed with homeless children.", declares the president of METADRASI, Lora Pappas.

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