Lifeline New York and the Bodossaki Foundation of Greece are joining efforts to support unaccompanied refugee children in need of a home.
More than 1,012,000 people have reached Greece since the beginning of 2015. Among these are thousands of children and teenagers who arrive alone – officially referred to as unaccompanied minors. In the first four months of 2016 alone, 1,530 unaccompanied minors have been registered by the Greek authorities. Currently, 420 of them are without a home, they are scattered throughout the country and many of them have experienced detention level conditions.
Lifeline New York and the Bodossaki Foundation join their efforts to provide critical support services for the safety and wellbeing of unaccompanied refugee children. Those services include: food and shelter, medical provisions, psychological support, guardianship services and eventually, when this is possible, family reunification procedures.
For these services to be delivered, the necessary funding needs to be secured. To that end, Lifeline New York and the Bodossaki Foundation are hosting a benefit dinner on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Metropolitan Club in NYC, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia.
HRH Crown Princess Katherine founded “Lifeline Humanitarian Organization” in 1993, with offices in New York, Chicago, Toronto, London and Athens. One of the most important activities of Lifeline Hellas includes raising funds for foundations in Greece. A large amount of humanitarian aid has been distributed throughout the country.
The Bodossaki Foundation is one of the largest privately owned public-benefit organizations in Greece. It was established in 1973, by Prodromos Bodossakis – Athanassiades, who decided to donate his entire fortune in order to promote the provision of health care, equality of opportunity, education, scientific progress and environmental protection.
The Foundation also supports the work of NGOs that treat socially vulnerable groups. The Bodossaki Foundation has a deep knowledge of the non-profit sector in Greece and has managed since its inception more than 400 million euros that have been spent placing a great emphasis on decreasing inequality of opportunity, on contributing to the education of young people, on improving medical and research infrastructure and on promoting environmental protection.