ATHENS

Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

Our Mission

We are partnering with One Heart, a like-minded Greek agency, to help asylum-seekers and refugees survive and recover from forced displacement in Athens.

The ministry of One Heart includes assisting forcibly displaced people with needs related to medical care, shelter, food, baby supplies, clothing and much more.

The Athens team is also supporting and strengthening a Persian Fellowship through which we are investing in life-giving faith and the emotional well-being of refugees and asylum seekers.

Ministry Context

Refugees and asylum seekers come to Greece hoping to find peace, safety and a better future. But what they experience upon arrival is more uncertainty and struggle.

Living conditions are crowded. Access to adequate nutrion is limited. They receive little help from the government and relief agencies.They struggle to find a safe place to sleep and a way to feed their families. To make matters worse, the current economic crisis in Greece makes finding work next to impossible. It is little wonder than many refugees struggle to keep hope alive.

Medical Care

 In an already overburdened public health system, refugees and asylum seekers are often overlooked. The stress of living in survival mode only exacerbates their health problems.

We have established relationships with a number of local physicians who volunteer their time and expertise to help. We are also building relationships with doctors and medical associations in other countries who join us for short periods.

We are helping meet the medical needs of refugees by...

  • coordinating medical clinics
  • organising appointments
  • providing translation during doctor appointments
  • making arrangements for diagnostic testing and treatment
  • supplying prescribed medications
  • helping refugees with related transportation needs

Shelter

Refugees in Athens also struggle to find shelter. The need is especially acute when they first arrive and are learning to navigate the process of applying for asylum and aid.

We have a few apartments where they can stay until they are able to apply for asylum and begin receiving cash assistance from UNHCR.

We also offer refugees and asylum seekers temporary assistance with rent, bills and other expenses when these needs arise.

Practical Assistance

As we are able, we also assist refugees and asylum seekers with basic needs such as groceries and baby supplies. We also assist with legal matters.

In the winter of 2019 we provided two meals every week for a number of people in a refugee camp north of Athens. They were living in tents. They had no cooking facilities.

Other examples include:

  • We provide groceries to refugee friends who can not otherwise afford food.
  • We distribute donated clothing, household supplies and items for small children.
  • We help cover legal fees for some who need assistance with their asylum cases.

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